Carol Schaefer

Carol Schaefer is an American author best known for her memoir 'The Other Mother: A Woman's Love for the Child She Gave Up for Adoption.' The book recounts her personal experience as a birth mother who relinquished her son for adoption in the 1960s and their eventual reunion. Her work often explores themes of adoption, motherhood, and women's issues.


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  1. 1. The Other Mother

    The book is a poignant memoir that delves into the heart-wrenching experience of a young woman who, at the age of 19, is coerced into giving up her newborn son for adoption in the 1960s. The narrative follows her emotional journey through the secretive and oppressive adoption system of that era, as well as her relentless quest for reunion and healing decades later. As she grapples with societal expectations, personal loss, and the search for her now-grown child, the memoir reveals the profound impact of forced adoption on birth mothers and the enduring bond between mother and child.

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