Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Adoptee Helps Others Find Their Roots

Introducing a book by the search angel who helped Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC find his birth family:
Through her own experience, [Pam] Slaton has set up a genealogy service and has helped more than 3,000 people searching for their biological parents or children.

“I have a knack for this,” she said.

She helped Darryl McDaniels of the hip-hop group Run DMC produce a documentary, “My Adoption Journey,” about his search for his biological parents after learning he was adopted at age 35.

“I assisted him in locating his mother,” she said. “The documentary won an Emmy.”

She has been interviewed on “Nightline” and participated in a 10-episode documentary called “Searching For ...” that appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Now she has released a book called “Reunited,” written with the help of Samantha Marshall, a professional writer from New York.

Published by St. Martin’s Press, it’s available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers.
The book is about her own quest and memorable searches undertaken by other adoptees.

“It’s a reflection on relationships,” Slaton said, as well as her way to help people understand the dynamics of searches and reunions.

“Even when our childhoods are perfect, with wonderful adoptive parents and tight-knit, nurturing families, the desire to know is always there, lurking under the surface,” she wrote in the introduction to her book. “We can’t escape it.”

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