Monday, July 19, 2010
Annette Baran, the famed open adoption advocate of California, has died at the age of 83. Her Los Angeles Times obituary may be found here.
I worked with Annette, along with filmmaker Dan Porter from the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School, to produce adoption conferences in the Seattle area and in SoCal, as well as a documentary and a book. We coauthored, Creating Kinship by Sharon Kaplan Roszia, Annette Baran, and Loren Coleman (Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, 1995).
Annette was a kind and gentle woman, and her spirit will be missed. What she did for the adoption movement was remarkable.