March 1980 Texas Adoptee Looking For Birthparents

I am a Texas adoptee who was born the week of spring 1980 at Polly Ryan Medical Center in Richmond, Texas. I believe that one or both of my birthparents were in the military, and both worked in restaurants. Birthmother was born in 1957 with two sisters 1960 and 1961. My birthparents were married in February 1979, and were married for six months. I had seizures at birth as well. I had a closed adoption with now Spaulding For Children based in Houston, Texas. My birthfather was born in 1958. Over the past few years I have had adoptee angels working to filter through public records looking for a possible connection. I have had names checked as if I knew who they were, then I could receive my original birth certificate from the state. The names that I have right now that have not been checked are as follows:

Birthmother: Darlene Kay (Bennett) Peters
Birthfather: Douglas R. Whitehead

They should still be somewhere near Richmond, Texas today!

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you


Arkansas Cigarette Tax To Help Autism Community

>> Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Arkansas has a good idea when it comes to the cigarette tax. How about using it for an autism program. sounds perfect and that will generate 1.5 million a year. That is great. Gov. Mike Bebee sign into law money for autism funding, over an 86 million dollar tobacco tax. It would provide treatment for up to 100 children at a time who need extensive treatment for 6 months to 3 years. It is just a start for the program, but hopefully more funding will be available. Gov. Bebee stressed that the spreadsheet for the office said that it would not contain any Medicaid matching dollars for the autism program.

According to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 10 states have Medicaid programs specifically designed for autism treatment. They are Indiana, Maryland, Wisconsin, Colorado, South Carolina, Maine, Massachusetts, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Montana. There are eight states with such requirements according to the task force: Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas.

It would be really nice to have something in Mississippi for autism children. We have our therapies and that is great, but we are not able to have special schools for these children. We have little resources for autism in Mississippi, and something should be done here as well. We need more DAN doctors available, and more efficient programs. Some Applied Behavior Analysis treatment wouldn't been so bad either. Hopefully one day we are able to receive the same treatment that comes lightly to others.

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