Florence Anna Fisher and Adoption


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 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 adoptive mother threatened to kill anyone who revealed the secret.

She 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: