Since 1977, Ann Haralambie has been a trial and appellate attorney in Tucson, Arizona, focusing on children: custody, abuse and neglect, adoption, and child advocacy. Adopted in infancy in New York, where all records were sealed, she wanted to know her biological roots and the true stories of her birth families. As a preadolescent she knew that someday she would try to find her birth parents, even though she loved her adoptive family. After attending college and graduate school, earning a BA in Creative Writing and an MA in English Literature, she went to law school and learned about the new adoptee rights movement. She began her active search while still in law school, continuing for more than 35 years before finally finding the truth about her roots. She has been able to share those roots with her late daughter, Katherine, and grandson, Dominic. She lives in Tucson, Arizona and Silver Lake, New Hampshire, where she spends time protecting the loons and their chicks.
As an attorney and adoptee, Ann became active locally and nationally in the adoptee rights movement, in legal and multidisciplinary organizations dealing with child custody and child welfare, and in policymaking related to children. She is a certified Family Law Specialist and a certified Child Welfare Law Specialist and has authored several books, book chapters, and many articles in the field as well as speaking nationally and internationally on these topics.
She is passionate about the rights of children, including the right of adoptees to know their birth heritage. In this book she has shared her journey and insights with the hope that it will help adoptees know that they are not alone and help all members of the adoption triad gain deeper understanding and healing. She also hopes that friends and families of adoptees and the professionals who deal with them will be better equipped to do so with grace and compassion.
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