New Book Published: Strangers By Adoption: 10 Adoptees Share Their Stories of Rejection or Abuse

Published on Amazon Kindle and Print, Monday April 15, 2019.

Strangers by Adoption: 10 Adoptees Share Their Stories of Rejection or Abuse.

Compiled by Sandy Musser and Doris Michol Sippel. Edited by Sandy Musser, Doris Michol Sippel, and Patricia Vivien Yarrow.

This is a book about what happened to a handful of adoptees, relinquished for adoption as babies, during a time when society dealt with “unwed mothers” harshly.

Because of the religious mores of the day, it was unheard of for a child, born outside of marriage, to remain within their family. The days of “shotgun weddings” had passed and a new experiment was in the wind.

Young pregnant mothers were sent out of town, away from their entire families and friends. The shame they bore was unbearable, and giving birth completely alone was cruel and unusual punishment – normally one of the most important events in any young woman’s life.

How were those babies who were “given up” for adoption ultimately affected by being permanently separated from their families of origin? Was it an easy adjustment for them? Did they sense something wasn’t right? Did they wonder about the mother who had given birth to them?

It has always been believed that a newborn baby could be raised in the home of strangers and not be affected by that experience. This book offers a starting place in pursuing some of these answers.

– Sandy Musser, author of I Would Have Searched Forever (1979, 2013), What Kind of Love is This – A Story of Adoption Reconciliation (1982, 2013), To Prison with Love: The True Story of Sandy Musser’s Indecent Indictment & America’s Adoption Travesty (1995, 2013), and My Last “Love” Letter to President Obama: Exposing an American Institution (2016).

The common narrative of adoption is that of the illegitimate baby born to a teen or young adult mother, but many adoptees were legitimately born to married parents. Some of us lost one or both parents to early death; we are full or half orphans. Some of us were removed from our married parents due to neglect or abuse, relocated to foster care, and then adopted. Some of us were children of divorce and remarriage who were then adopted by our step parents. Some of us were adopted by our grandparents or other family members. Some of us were re-homed and adopted more than once.

No matter the circumstances of birth and adoption, there are common threads that run through the lives of adoptees that are often ignored by society. Turn this book’s pages to read about the seeds of emotional and psychological stressors experienced by adoptees, including many types of rejection, physical and sexual abuse by natural parents, adoptive parents, extended family and others.

– Doris Michol Sippel, author of Forbidden Family: An Adopted Woman’s Struggle for Identity (3rd edition, 2016). Since 1975, she has written numerous articles on adoption and adoptees’ revoked, sealed, and replaced birth certificates published in social work journals and newspapers. This is her second book.





Forbidden Family, 3rd Edition, Published!

Forbidden Family, 3rd Edition, Published!


Kindle and print published September 22, 2016.





Raised from infancy as an only child, 18 year old Joan Mary Wheeler knows only that she was adopted. In her senior year of high school, she is found by siblings she never knew she had. They tell her that she is the youngest of five children born to married parents, that their mother died when she was three-months-old, and that her name was Doris Michol Sippel.


What happens next is the unraveling of family secrets and betrayal, joy, sadness, and the push-and-pull of two families on the one person they share. This reunion stretches across the North American continent, the Atlantic Ocean, and spans four decades.


This is the story of one woman who wants to know why New York State changed her identity.


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No real names of living people are used in this book, except: my own, public figures, and two used by permission. Real names of all of my parents are used because they are deceased. The law states: dead people cannot sue and neither can their heirs.
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