Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hubbard Man Reunited with Birth Mother After 25-Year Search

Mother and child union, immediately after birth
Mother and child union, immediately after birth (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Fred McBride, 47, of Hubbard, described meeting his birth mother and half siblings over the weekend in Buffalo. He started looking for her when his wife, Chrissy, was pregnant with their oldest child, who is now 25.
McBride has known all his life that he was adopted. He always wondered what his mother was like and if she ever thought about him. As it turned out, she had been looking for him too.

McBride was born in Canada and was adopted in the United States, so he had to have a passport. That passport gave Fred and Chrissy their first piece of the puzzle because his birth name was on the passport: Charles Daryl Black. He was naturalized as a U.S. citizen at the age of 4.

After learning he was born in Canada, Fred and Chrissy went to Toronto 18 years ago to see if they could locate his birth mother. The agency that facilitated the adoption gave them non-identifying information such as how old his mother was and where he was born.

"His mother was 16 and his father was 18. They were high school sweethearts and her mother told her she was not allowed to bring a baby into the house. So, she sent Patricia away until Fred was born. He was in foster care until he was 2 and then he was adopted," Chrissy McBride said.

Through the years, Chrissy got trickles of information on various websites and from several search agencies. One of those agencies sent the couple a directory from 1965 with listings for the Black name, but they hit a dead end with nothing else to go on.

Five or six years ago, Ontario opened their adoption records and the couple obtained Fred's original birth certificate, which had the name "Frederick McBride" in parentheses after his birth name. It also had his mother's name, Patricia Black, and her address.

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New App Connects Expectant Parents with Would-Be Adoptive Parents

Open Adoption Picnic
Open Adoption Picnic (Photo credit: Tapestry Dude)

Interested in Adoption? New Open Adoption App from Independent Adoption Center Connects Families with Expectant Mothers

Independent Adoption Center released a free mobile app for iOS and Android devices last week called Open Adoption that puts important adoption resources and search features at the fingertips of expectant mothers and families seeking to adopt.

Independent Adoption Center is a trusted leader in domestic open adoption.
The Open Adoption app will help women to understand adoption so they can make the choice that is best for them. 
Independent Adoption Center, the nation’s most trusted domestic open adoption agency, rolled out a new app for iOS and Android mobile devices last week that will connect families and expectant mothers like never before. The free app, called Open Adoption, was released on Google Play and iTunes last week and are now available for download.

The Open Adoption app puts important adoption information and resources at the user’s fingertips. Mothers can search for families interested in adoption and vice versa, as well as connect with pregnancy counselors and receive information about the adoption process – all for free.

“The purpose of the app is to provide a new way for people to get quality information about open adoption and how the process works,” said Ryan Schwab, marketing director of Independent Adoption Center. “We also hope to match more families with expectant mothers using the technology.”

The technology, developed by Bay Area team Reliable Coders, shows just one of the many ways Independent Adoption Center is leading open adoption in the United States. The adoption agency has worked with thousands of mothers and families across the nation since it opened in 1982, when it transcended common boundaries and introduced open adoption.

“We have been a progressive agency since the beginning,” said Schwab. “Among our most important goals is to ensure that women are supported and aware of all their options. The Open Adoption app will help women to understand adoption so they can make the choice that is best for them.”
True to these goals, the forward-thinking app includes features that allow users to:
  •     Search for pre-approved families ready to adopt, based on preferences such as religious, family-type, ethnic and racial background.
  •     Connect with families located nearby using GPS settings.
  •     Find information about the adoption process, how open adoption works and how Independent Adoption Center can help.
  •     Get free access to trusted, professional pregnancy counselors for more information and answers to any questions.
Independent Adoption Center screens and approves all families that are featured on the Open Adoption app.

For more information about the app or the IAC adoption agency, call (855) 210-6205 or visit adoptionhelp.org. More information is also available on the iTunes store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adoption-help/id602321048?ls=1&mt=8) and Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.adoptionhelp.activities).

About Independent Adoption Center

Independent Adoption Center (IAC) is an open adoption agency that provides open adoption placement and counseling to birth and adoptive families to ensure that every child grows up feeling loved and supported. Since opening in 1982, the IAC has successfully placed over 4,000 newborns with families in the United States. IAC is the largest open adoption agency in the country, facilitating adoptions in 49 states, and fully licensed in California, Indiana, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas and New York.

Open Adoption Over the Years (With Video)

Adoption (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Here at Find My Birth Family, we support open adoption for obvious reasons.

We only wish Bill had the same luxury as a child.

 See our story here. From the Video Creator: Begins with a scene of a birth and adoptive family preparing a meal together as the children play. They have formed a natural, comfortable extended family.

Speakers share stories of how they welcome and value each other; how they honor the needs of the child; and how they are supported by Open Adoption & Family Services (OA&FS) through lifelong counseling and access to an open adoption community. OA&FS is a nonprofit adoption agency located in Oregon and Washington: http://www.openadopt.org.

Immunotech Founder & Chief Scientific Officer Harry Zhabilov Comments on Recent HIV Baby Cure Medicine


MONROVIA, CA--(Marketwire) - Immunotech Laboratories, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: IMMB) Immunotech Company Founder & Chief Scientific Officer Harry Zhabilov comments on the recent AIDS-HIV Baby Cure Treatments.
Regarding the recently published articles and Media announcements of the HIV case with the newborn baby. This experiment one more time confirms the mechanism of action of chemotherapy of HIV. This means chemotherapy works only when the HIV virus is in the blood stream.

When the virus reaches all of the viral reservoirs in the system, it is more difficult for chemotherapy to extract the virus from the viral reservoirs of the blood stream. The treatment appears to have been successful because the virus was already in baby's blood steam the treatment used does not allow the virus to reach the reservoir like monocyte-macrophages, Langerhans cells, follicular-dendritic cells, retinal cells.

By using immunotherapy treatments we are increasing the level of natural killer cells and CD 8 which are responsible for attacking the virus in any corner of the system. This is the reason that chemotherapy has a fast effect under the level of PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) whereas; immunotherapy works slowly but does not have resistance.

In a recent article presenting the findings said Dr Deborah Persaud, a virologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore said, "This is a proof of concept that HIV can be potentially curable in infants."

Reuters Mar 4, 2013, 09.43AM. IST "Article Remnant". (Complete article link below)

Because of her risk, Dr Hannah Gay, a pediatric HIV specialist put the infant on a cocktail of three HIV-fighting drugs -- zidovudine (also known as AZT), lamivudine, and nevirapine -- when she was just 30 hours old.

Two blood tests done within the first 48 hours of the child's life confirmed her infection and she was kept on the full treatment regimen, Persaud told reporters at the conference.

In more typical pregnancies, when an HIV-infected mother has been given drugs to reduce the risk of transmission to her child, the baby would only have been given a single drug, nevirapine.

Researchers believe use of the more aggressive antiretroviral treatment when the child was just days old likely resulted in her cure by keeping the virus from forming hard-to-treat pools of cells known as viral reservoirs, which lie dormant and out of the reach of standard medications.

These reservoirs rekindle HIV infection in patients who stop therapy, and they are the reason most HIV-infected individuals need lifelong treatment to keep the infection at bay.