The reality is that adoption is a lifelong experience and finding a "forever family" is only the first step to meeting the needs of adoptive children.
Adoption may seem like a small sliver of the American experience, however new public opinion research conducted by J. Walter Thompson for the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) suggests it is closer than you think.
National Work and Family Month is drawing to a close. But in these last few days before month's end, can we please pause to consider exactly what we mean by "family"?
In my own experience, accidentally discovering that I was adopted was earth shattering. I found myself in an identity crisis in which everything I thought I knew about myself, including my family, my ancestry and cultural identity.
There are over 100,000 children in the U.S. foster care system, ages 0-17, and once they turn 18 they are released into the world without a family and it's not fair. I want to spare at least one child from this cold fact.
In the adoption world, adoptive parents usually get the most spotlight, with adoptees and birthparents getting less attention.
Wisconsin adoptive parents and lawmakers are seeking to make Wisconsin more "friendly" toward adopters by increasing pressure for parents considering placing their children for adoption.
This week Intel announced new job benefit policies that include tripling their adoption assistance program, and quadrupling their fertility coverage, noting, "family is family -- no matter what it looks like."
I am hoping to shed some light on the adoption process with the hopes that others can learn from our mistakes. By following these guidelines, your adoption is much more likely to be an enjoyable experience from start to finish.
For many young people who are adopted out of the foster care system, the promise of a "forever family" is an illusion. In New York City, anecdotal data from child advocates suggests that thousands of children adopted out of foster care end up displaced from their adoptive home.
One of the questions I'm most often asked is: How can a white parent successfully raise a black child? The short answer may surprise you. White parents can't possibly raise black children successfully. Not alone, anyway.
Adoption can be a joyous and beautiful process that creates love and family. However, with every adoption and every union, there is also loss, a biological parent being separated from their child. Even if a birthparent is happy with her choice of adoption, there is still a grieving process.
We fought about the things families often do, we talked about the things families often do, but the two things that were never talked about are the two things that are now almost all consuming to me: skin color, and after I came out, sexuality.
Even as President Obama gets ready to make his annual proclamation marking the beginning of National Adoption Month in just a couple of weeks, racism continues to scar the lives of many of our nation's 400,000 children who languish in foster care because of their race.
In just two more days, we will finally meet in person. Two days is not nearly enough time to prepare for this meeting, although in reality, I have had nearly 21 years to do that. You see, I am going to meet my firstborn son and his mother. His real mother.
If I had to offer advice to other gay or straight couple's that are considering adoption it would be to simply 'do your homework.'