Wolverine: Poster Boy For Open Adoption Records

My husband and I are big X-Men fans. Call it the geek equivalent of a dowry: he brought nine longboxes of comics into the marriage, I brought complete collections of Star Trek and Doctor Who. And when it comes to open adoption records, there’s nobody better qualified to comment than Wolverine. At the risk of implying that all adoptees are angry adamantium-laced mutants, here are some take-home lessons from everybody’s favorite clawed Canadian.

  • Don’t conceal someone’s origin.
  • If you do conceal someone’s origin, expect him to be angry.
  • Very angry.
  • Especially when he finds out about the brainwashing.
  • And the lies.
  • And the government cover-ups.
  • And the politicians behind the scenes who profited at his expense.
  • Telling him it was the right thing, the good thing, the patriotic thing.
  • And destroying his loved ones in the process.
  • Expect also that he will eventually figure out the truth.
  • Come hell or high water.
  • And when he does, he’s going to rip the scheme wide open.
  • Because he’s the best there is at what he does, and sealed records aren’t very pretty.

(Now sit back with a beer and imagine Logan shredding his way through your falsified birth certificate… mmm, satisfying…)


  1. We need a Superman for us too Triona! A SuperAdoptee to fly all over the world rescuing babies from the arms of evil social workers, Adoption Agency employees and AP’s who want to keep our records closed! He and Wolverine would be quite busy! What a great comic strip that would make. 🙂

  2. Improper–Except for the fact that Wolvie’s Marvel and Superman’s DC… but if they could gain access to our sealed records I bet a little thing like licensing wouldn’t stop them! 🙂

    Why is it that the Wolverine movie can gross $87 million its opening weekend, but people still don’t understand why adoptees want open records?

  3. Triona-you know what-I am not too familliar with the Wolverine series, so I have to ask a question and look stupid-does the Wolverine comic strip have something to do with Adoption? I am asking because you know more about it then me and because of that I don’t understand the question you asked me (blush). I will say one thing though-SUPERMAN’S ADOPTIVE PARENTS LET HIM KNOW WHO HE WAS, AND WHERE HE CAME FROM AND THEY DIDN’T GET ALL PSYCHOTIC ON HIM (I am shouting to the AP’s not you Triona, LoL)so I will ask them what you asked me-why did the Superman Films gross millions and people don’t get why the hell we want to know who we are? HMMMMM?!!!!!
    (P.S. I’ve missed your blog Triona and it still rocks and is still IMCREDIBLE. I love reading you-I am glad to be commenting here cause I missed you too).

  4. Improper–You’re not stupid. 🙂 Wolverine the comic doesn’t have to do with adoption per se. I mean Superman’s origin is directly related to adoption so most people see it. In Wolverine’s case, we don’t know where he came from, only that his mutant healing ability means he’s older than he looks. The details of what happened to him are murky, especially to him, but he volunteered as part of a military experiment without being told the full extent of that experiment. They made him Weapon X, giving him his adamantium skeleton at great cost, for they wiped his memories in order to turn him into a killing machine. In the comics he spends a great deal of his life trying to find out what really happened to him. The movies are slightly different in detail but same idea: his memory was wiped, his origins taken from him. I’m sure any of us whose records are sealed can relate to that.

    Thanks for your kind words, I’m glad you’re enjoying my blog. I haven’t been blogging as much because I have a few other projects going on behind the scenes that I hope to share with y’all soon. But rest assured I am still fighting for the rights of adoptees everywhere. 🙂

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  6. Improper–Most of Wolverine can be found in reprints or graphic novels. “Weapon X” is the classic title. You are absolutely right that there are many similarities between the experiment Wolverine was subjected to and the great failed experiment of adoption. The character of William Stryker, the government official in charge of Wolverine’s transformation, reminds me much of the kind of adoption “professionals” who take it upon themselves to dictate how we adoptees and birth relatives feel and what should be done about it.

    To steal a line from a different Marvel character, Spiderman: with great power comes great responsibility. I think the adoption industry has too much power and that too many of the people working for it have lost sight of the fact that what they do affects human beings. Either it’s just a job to them, or they buy into the mindset that we need “rescuing” and “therapy.”

    I’m like Wolverine/Logan: leave me the hell alone. Unfortunately there’s always another Stryker waiting in the wings to convert us back into good little brainwashed soldiers. That’s why they tell us we’re crazy, so we begin to doubt ourselves. They told Wolverine he was crazy, too, to keep him from remembering the truth.

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  8. Improper–The situation with my AF makes me really mad too, as you can imagine, as does yours with your AM and anyone else in a situation like ours where we are at the mercy of others.

    I think we need to do away entirely with private adoptions, and that all agency adoptions need to be utterly transparent. Mirah Riben’s book The Stork Market compares US adoption to Australia and I like the Australian way: guardianship, not adoption, no severing of blood ties. Unfortunately the US adoption industry has a lot of money, power and influence, and one of the ways they assert control is by allowing our adopters to be the caretakers of our information when there is a clear and obvious bias in that.