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Searching for a Birth Mother

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Caroline Clarke was born in an era when adoptions were kept a secret. Drawing on details provided by the adoption agency and her own investigative skills, Clarke embarked on a journey of discovery that stretched from coast to coast. Her memoir Postcards from Cookie: A Memoir of Motherhood, Miracles, and a Whole Lot of Mail  tells of her surprise discovery of her birthmother—Cookie Cole, the daughter of Nat King Cole and the relationship that grew between them through exchanging hundreds of postcards.

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Caroline Clarke

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Comments [2]

Amy from Manhattan

Has Ms. Clarke been in touch w/Nat King Cole's brother, pianist Freddie Cole?

May. 20 2014 01:22 PM
Larry Dell from East Orange, NJ

Leonard,

Adoptees are the last legally discriminated group in America. Adoption rules have not changed in NYS since the mid-1930s. Adoptees are issued an amended birth certificate at the time of adoption that substitutes the adoptive parents for the birth parents. Records are sealed.

In NYS adoptees and birth parents have been fighting to open records for more than 20 years. It's an issue that needs more publicity. I hope you cover it.

May. 20 2014 01:15 PM

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