Fisher, Florence Anna

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ca. 1929 -

Also known as Florence Ladden
American adoption activist

Fisher (she has reverted to her birth name) spent 20 years, from the age of 22, searching (successfully) for her birth parents in the face of nearly total official and family opposition. Her adoptive parents refused to even acknowledge that she was adopted and destroyed all the related documentation, and her mother threatened to kill anyone who revealed the secret

has met both her birth parents. The experience led her to found what is probably the best-known adoptee search support group in the US: the Adoptees' Liberty Movement Association, or ALMA, based in New York.


Fisher, Florence. The Search for Anna Fisher. (London: Michael Dempsey, 1975)
"Unsealing the Records." [Excerpted from Time Magazine; includes portrait]. Available at:


20th Century
21st Century
Civil Rights, Advocacy
Social Services and Social Sciences
Birth Identity Disputed or Deliberately Concealed
Estrangement from Adoptive or Foster Family
Late or Traumatic Learning of Adoption
Formal, American/European-Type Adoption
Birth or Infancy
Others ("Strangers")
Adoptee/Fosteree Traced Family
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