Anna's Adoption

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Searching for a Sibling

While reading my latest issue of Adoptive Families, I came across an article on genetic testing. Towards the end, they listed a site that peeked my interest, a DNA database for children adopted from China. I visited this evening and would encourage you to do so as well.

This group is in the beginning stages, and they are collecting surveys regarding interest in their project. Let them know if you are interested, want more information, or think it's a bad idea. Whatever your thoughts, you will be helping them along.

I don't know how I feel about the issue. Their FAQ site answered many of the moral issues I would struggle with. While I think identifying a sibling for Anna would be a blessing, it could also come with a lot of issues that have the possibility to be less than pleasant. Still, when I consider these drawbacks in light of giving her a biological connection, it pales in comparison.

I know we should be "enough" family for Anna, but there are many adoptees out there who struggle with lack of birth information, and they desperately want to find a biological connection. I have read things that break my heart as adopted children grieve, pine, and forever search for information on their biological family. Some are down right angry. Bastard Nation is a great example of that.

I would love to hear what you think about this. I'm still up in the air. I told them I would like more information. I'll let you know what I hear!

2 Comments:

  • At 1:42 PM, Blogger Texas dad said…

    Hi Amy,
    Great blog(s), by the way. Thanks for posting.

    As a new dad with a child from China, I've looked into the DNA testing for siblings thing...

    Discussions of DNA testing can quickly get complicated, but from what I can tell, there's a big opportunity for false positives if there's no parental DNA to test against.

    There's an interesting post on Brian Stuy's site regarding DNA testing. Personally, I don't agree with a lot of his research, but think it's good to read anyway. There are interesting comments to this 2005 post:

    http://research-china.blogspot.com/2005/11/false-hope-of-sibling-dna-testing.html

    Thanks for sharing your experiences and keep up the good work.

    cheers,
    a Texas dad

     
  • At 5:25 PM, Blogger Mrs. Darling said…

    Read your commetn on my blog. Id be gald to help. What level of Math are you looking for?

     

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