Today’s Boston Globe features an article on Libbi and her work Elizabeth Campbell; counselor fought to change adoption laws.
I met Libbi only a couple times, the last time at the 2007 ACONE conference, where she staffed a CUB table, though I was familiar with her for years through CUB.
Here is an excerpt from the Globe article:
When she was not helping teens deal with curveballs that life threw their way, she was often working on a political issue she held dear: changing adoption laws. Since the late 1970s, she was the regional coordinator for Concerned United Birthparents, a support group for birth parents. More recently, she successfully lobbied for the passage of state legislation that increases access to birth records by adoptees.
“It didn’t get reduced to something that was just words on paper,” herdaughter Kiera of Arlington said. “She was thrilled to see that.”
Her work over the years to promote awareness of the issues facing birth parents earned her several awards. In April, her doctor let her skip a round of chemotherapy to accept a Recognition Award from the Adoption Community of New England.
Go here to read her acceptance speech at the 2008 ACONE conference.
A memorial service for Libbi will be held August 16 at 11 am at First parish Church in Sudbury, Massachusetts.
Thanks to Kippa for the heads-up!
Photo: from ACONE