Sandy Musser, Adoption Reform Activist
since 1976 has just published her fourth and last book concerning the need for adoption reform, after a century of sealed records!
Her Brand New Book is called:
My Last Letter to President Obama
Exposing an American Institution
was sent to Federal Prison in 1993
for her work of reuniting families.
Her true story of the charges, the indictment,
the trial, the aftermath, and how it all unfolded,
are revealed in the updated edition ~
TO PRISON with LOVE
An Indecent Indictment & America's Adoption Travesty
~~~ Also Author of ~~~
I WOULD HAVE SEARCHED FOREVER
Sandy's Search for the Child she Surrendered during the Mid 50's
Available on Kindle only
WHAT KIND OF LOVE IS THIS?
An Adoption Reconciliation Story
Available on Kindle only
- Began Adoption Reform work in 1976, soon after joining the Adoption Forum of Philadelphia, founded by Penny Partridge;
- First Branch Coordinator of Concerned United Birthparents in 1977, founded by Lee Campbell;
- Charter & Lifetime Member of the American Adoption Congress (AAC) founded in 1979 (aka Year of the Child);
- Served on the Board of the Int'l Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR), founded by Emma Mae Vilardi.
In 1976, Sandy was invited to speak to the Children's Bureau in Wilmington, DE (pictured on right) to share the tremendous loss of her child that occurred in 1954, with adoptive parents and social workers. That single event of sharing her story, and then realizing she could effect change, became the catalyst for her ongoing reform work. During the 1980's she founded the following national organizations:
Adoption Triangle Ministries
(Distributed spiritual flyers written by triad members )
Adoption ALARM Network
(Advocating Legislation for Adoption Reform Movement)
Adoption & Family Reunion Center
(Reuniting families separated by adoption)
In August 1989, at the First AAC March on Washington, she presented a rendition of MLK's Dream speech which was called THIS TIME MUST COME (under Speeches on left). As part of that speech, Sandy posed this simple question:
"How many of us are going to have to stand trial, pay fines, and
be prosecuted for demanding our 14th Amendment right to our Original Birth Certificate or other records concerning our very own lives?"
From the day that speech was given, the government began a three and a half year investigation of her activities. A state investigator with the NY Dept. of Health created a bogus case via a taped phone conversation in order to set her up, then indicted her on March 27, 1993 for the crime of reuniting families, which was the work she was doing. However, they called it "A CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE GOVERNMENT OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION!" even though she never had access to any adoption records!
Sandy became the scapegoat in the government's saga, albeit a willing one. Those closest to her said she often mentioned her willingness to go to jail for adoption reform because she believed it would take civil disobedience in order for sweeping adoption reform to occur. In 2015, 22 years ater being sent to prison, she feels the same way. Little has changed in those intervening years.
Sandy has always questioned how any individual can break a law that is immoral and illegal and ? In other words, how can a free democratic government, who touts civil rights for all their citizens, seal an entire class of individuals' personal identities by altering and falsifying birth certificates and then seal those original birth certificates "forever?" stealing their entire identity, their medical history, their culture and affecting their children and their children's children, which has been America's practice since 1917 when the State of MN sealed their records and over the years, the rest followed suit.
According to the 14th Amendment, this is BLATANT DISCRIMINATION against a specific class or group of people; i.e in the past - blacks, women, gays, etc. In our case, an obvious breach of the civil and constitutional right of every
ADULT ADOPTEE in America!!
During her trial in July 1993, she was true to her commitment of going to prison for adoption reform. Prior to closing arguments, the prosecution offered her a generous plea deal which she refused to take. Standing firm in her belief that every adoptee has a right to their true identity, and refusing to accept their plea deal, she was sent to Federal Prison in Marianna, FL on November 5, 1993. She said that the most difficult part of being in prison was spending the holidays away from her family. She missed her oldest son's 35th birthday, her own 55th birthday, and her mother's 81st birthday as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas.
But this indictment was never really about Sandy Musser. It was about the government's effort to slow down or shut down the adoption reform movement at a time when talk shows were airing reunion stories on a regular basis and families were being reunited. The prosecutor, in a newspaper article following Sandy's arrest, stated: "We hope this will be an example to others who are doing the same thing."
Henry David Thoreau in "Civil Disobedience" (1849) said: "Individuals should refuse to obey any government rule they believe to be unjust." In 1845 he refused to pay poll taxes and was sent to jail.
Please visit us at:
We have lots of documents in our FB Files Folder
which you are free to download and print.
You will also find our
ADOPTEES RESTORATION ACT (ARA)
calling for an Executive Order / Federal Mandate
to RESTORE the Original Birth Certificate
to every ADULT ADOPTEE in America
Your financial support is desperately needed
in order to continue this work.
For a donation of $15.00
you can receive a copy of my book
TO PRISON WITH LOVE
which you can use to educate others.
You may donate through Paypal at:
or if you prefer to mail a check,
make it payable to:
117 SE 44th St.
Cape Coral, FL 33904
Sandy has lived in Cape Coral, FL since 1983.
She raised 4 children, has 9 grandchildren,
8 great-grandchildren and is currently raising her
11 year old great-grandson who she has had since birth.
Besides her committment to Adoption Reform,
she is active in Grandparents Raising Grandchildren,
and supports After the Rain, an addiction
recovery program for women in SW Florida.
Website created by Sherri Zimmerman.