The Basics:

Name: Catherine.
Nickname: Cate.
Age: 26.

Spouse: Dominic.
Spouse’s Nickname: Dom.
Spouse’s Age: 25.

I am:

– An adult adoptee.
– A wife.
– A rejected daughter.
– A hopefully soon-to-be mother.
– A sociologist.
– A gymnast.
– A child abuse survivor.
– A sexual assault survivor.
– A Texan.
– A wannabe Englishman.
– An atheist.
– A friend.
– A teacher of children.
– A socialist.
– Passionate.

I am interested in:

– Gymnastics.
– Adoption reform.
– Adoptee rights.
– Family preservation.
– Childhood.
– Passivism.
– Star Trek.
– Writing.
– Reading.

Some of my favourite quotes:

“When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion.” -C.P. Snow

“Behind every adoption is a tragedy so horrific that it should not have existed.” – Harriet Jacobs (the blogger)

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“We have a cultural notion that if children were not engineered, if we did not manipulate them, they would grow up as beasts in the field. This is the wildest fallacy in the world.” – Joseph Chiltern Pearce

“Children are not the people of tomorrow, but people today. They are entitled to be taken seriously. They have a right to be treated by adults with tenderness and respect, as equals.” – Janus Korczak

“The oppressed should rebel, and they will continue to rebel and raise disturbance until their civil rights are fully restored to them and all partial distinctions, exclusions, and incapacitations are removed.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Adoption Loss is the only trauma in the world where the victims are expected by the whole of society to be grateful.” -The Reverend Keith C. Griffith, MBE

“In the soul of every orphan is an eternal flame of hope for reunion and reconciliation with those he has lost through private or public disaster.” – Jean Paton, the Mother of Adoption Reform

“The best way to make children good is to make them happy.” – Oscar Wilde

“We don’t yet know, above all, what the world might be like if children were to grow up without being subjected to humiliation, if parents would respect them and take them seriously as people.” – Alice Miller

“Misbehavior is an adult description of what is more accurately perfect behavior given the conditions of the child’s existence.” – Joseph Zornado

“Disobedience is not an issue if obedience is not the goal.” – Daron Quinlan

“The best-kept secret in child psychology is that children who were never spanked are among the best behaved.” – Murray Straus, Ph.D.

“The greatest respect is owed to a child.” – Juvenal

Co-Parent: France.