Betty Jean Lifton

by adminuser on August 6, 2010

Here are some thoughts about Annette.

She was an early pioneer in the adoption reform movement.

She was one of the first social workers to take up the cause of adoptees’ right to their birth records and their need to be reunited with their birth families.

She advocated “guardianship” instead of adoption.

She and her colleague Reuben Pannor were the first to call for and define “open adoption.”

She was a co-author with Pannor and Arthur Sorosky of the ground breaking book The Adoption Triangle.

With Pannor she wrote Lethal Secrets, which called for the end of secrecy in donor insemination.

She was a co-writer with Betty Jean Lifton of the Adoption entry in Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 1995.

She was a therapist for all members of the adoption triad.

She presented at the American Adoption Congress conferences and at Concerned United Birthparents

She was known for her warmth, wit, and wisdom.

She will be sorely missed by everyone who knew and loved her in the adoption community.

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