Published on:

28th Nov 2023

150. Lorraine Dusky: "Hole In My Heart: Love and Loss in the Fault Lines of Adoption"

This episode is lovingly dedicated to Jane.

Lorraine Dusky is an award-winning journalist, editor and author who prefers to write stories that will make a difference. Her controversial memoir, BIRTHMARK, published in 1979, was the first from a mother to write about the grief of giving up a child to adoption. 

Lorraine soon became a lightning rod for controversies surrounding adoption. An advocate for adoptees’ rights, she fought for legislation that would unseal original birth certificates.

But she is not simply a woman who wrote about having given up a child. On other topics, she was a finalist for a National Magazine Award and won two Exceptional Merit Media Awards (EMMAs) from the National Women’s Political Caucus for writing on the political issues of the day.

Website: https://www.firstmotherforum.com/

"Hole in my Heart: Love and Loss in the Fault Lines of Adoption" https://www.amazon.com/s?k=lorraine+dusky+hole+in+my+heart&crid=T77F36EVFZAL&sprefix=%2Caps%2C101&ref=nb_sb_ss_recent_1_0_recent

Music by Corey Quinn

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Hi, I'm Jennifer who is an adoptee in reunion with both sides of my birth family. I have been formally connected with the adoption community for over a decade and am always interested in hearing the personal stories of adoptees from all over the globe. We all have a "Once upon a time". If you wish to share your story please go to www.jenniferdyanghoston.com