In the spring of 2015, I traveled to the Turkish border of Syria with a small camera crew to make a documentary about the women in the Syrian refugee camps. I met Rahaf in the art room of the refugee camp in southern Turkey.
On opening night, our family of five went to see The Jungle Book. The excitement among the kids was palpable. I sat between my oldest and youngest daughters, one my beloved through adoption, another my beloved through the biology of my body.
It's my hope that this year, instead of just writing a post on my own infertility blog, I can sincerely educate the public and ask if we can all compromise. That way, NIAW wouldn't be just one week - it would be yearlong... maybe even lifelong.
While it's important to seek the advice of agencies, lawyers, and professionals, it's also important to hear real stories from other people who already went through the experience.
In ever greater numbers, children are growing up today in families where one or both parents self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.
Once in awhile I can be driving along listening to Kidz Bop and the profundity of adoption just hits me, hard. This talent, this voice, this boy... came from someone who is not a regular part of his life; from someone who doesn't normally get to see him score a basket or read a book with him by the fire.
No matter how you become a parent, it is a long and often tiresome journey. Anyone who would subject themselves to the rigorous demands of the adoption process really wants to be a parent.
I cannot ignore the fact that I started my life in a foster home. I was given up, but then and now, some children are not "surrendered" but are ins...
As Mother's Day approaches, I wanted to share a unique perspective that may shed a different light than usual on what it may mean to be a mother, on what it means to truly love beyond self, and how the duties inherent in motherhood can demand the most exquisite sacrifice.
There have been numerous encounters over the past seven years in my transracial adoption parenting journey where I've had to remind myself that I can't -- nor should I have to -- tackle adoptive, transracial parenting, or simply parenting, alone.
Leila Meacham came out of nowhere in 2011 and hit the best seller lists with her epic novel ROSES. This sweeping saga appealed to a wide variety of readers and put Ms. Meacham on the literary map.
"I respect him so much," said the adoptive mom in the quiet of a hospital room for her baby boy, who was withdrawing from drug exposure. I asked the ...
After eight years of helping to find homes for children in foster care, I feel like it's time to step up the game, and find homes for all the children we meet. Maybe since I've had a Twitter account forever, I'll actually start using it. Ahhh, social media, I will embrace you.
If your neighbor lost his job a year after his wife died, and he had three small kids, would you "help" him by taking away his kids? If a family in your church or congregation's house burnt down and they had no family to stay with, would you help them by adopting their infant child?
Since I was a young boy, I knew I had one important mission in life -- to be a father. Parenthood did not seem possible, or easy, for gay people ... until yesterday.
As a parent living with secondary infertility, I know how fortunate I am to have a smart, funny, all-around-awesome child. I also know the beauty of watching a young child learn and grow. I long to have that experience again with another child.