Only nineteen, Roessle had no choice but to tell her parents that she was pregnant when her boyfriend changed his mind about marrying her. They promptly contacted an adoption attorney and sent her away to deliver and relinquish her child. Assured by her parents that the baby would be better off, she was told to move on and forget. But when the now-grown Joshua reunited with his mother, she discovered the truth — far from "better off," he was wounded and needy, reawakening grief and shame that Roessle buried for three decades. Second-Chance Mother is the story of her struggle to restore her bond with Joshua and reclaim the woman — and mother — she was meant to be.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Denise Roessle was pregnant out of wedlock in 1969, and inadvertently joined the ranks of the million-plus young women who fell prey to the "Baby Scoop Era" — a time when relinquishing newborns for adoption was the socially-accepted solution to erasing a young woman's sins while filling an increasing demand for adoptable infants. She was told to move on with her life, assured that she would forget and have other children she could keep. She finished college, married, and became a professional copywriter and graphic designer. But she never had more children. And she did not forget. After reuniting with her grown son in 1996, Denise began writing on this more personal topic. Her articles have appeared in national adoption magazines and newsletters, and she continues to be active in the post-adoption, adoption reform, and birthmother support arenas.
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