Animal lovers have been saying it for years and years, "animals make me so happy." It turns out a new study by Dognition collected over the past few y...
There's plenty of reading out there regarding adoption, with common themes ranging from primal wounds to reunion stories to chirpy child-of-my-heart tales. What books get to the heart of this type of family, avoiding the easy agony-or-ecstasy tropes?
It's not too late. No baby doesn't mean no mommy. If I can't be a mother at my age, I can be mentor at any stage.
So much of who we are is made up of our experiences and the people we've known. But I can't help but think the picture would be more complete if I knew more about the events leading up to June 19, 1954.
For anyone who has been adopted, adopted or had friends and family who were adopted, this film is incredibly resonant.
Ethiopia is but one example of the many countries where the 'orphan crisis' plays out. There are, says the CHIFF website, 200,000,000 orphans. As in Ethiopia in all those other countries CHIFF will not make any difference in that crisis.
"There is one issue on which all Americans agree, every child needs a family." This is the slogan used by the supporters of the proposed legislation C...
What I immediately noticed in the reunification story of Jessica Long is that there were no hyphens. I watched her parents, here in the states, talk about her family in Russia. They didn't talk about her meeting her birth-mother. I never heard them say birth-father.
Adoption is not a normal way to build a family. It is a complicated way, which next to happiness for adoptive parents brings sorrow and sadness for all involved.
As a father to older adopted children, I can attest to the horrors of trauma and the difficulty in reversing such trauma. This is why care and love of our children is imperative.
As a white adoptive mother in California who helped my biracial son find and reunite with his Louisiana birth family only three years prior to Angela's search and reunion, I couldn't help compare my experience with that depicted in the film.
Like any parents, we taught our children that they didn't hate their siblings; they loved them. And love didn't allow aggressive behavior. Perhaps we would have been wiser to teach them to control their anger rather than attempting to prove that paradoxes couldn't exist.
Most workers in the adoption world are decent people, but many have one-sided perspectives, which necessarily focus on the longings and wishes of adoptive parents, who are their paying clients.
What happens when you gather the many parts of one woman's life, staging them for all to see in a single one-hour performance?
The easiest blog post for me to write is the one I do each year around Valentine's Day. Yes, of course, we deal with a great deal of sadness and real drama in the world of animal shelters, but love is quite literally here in the air.
I couldn't adopt every one of the orphanage kids. We can't provide even this type of environment for more than a fraction of the children in need in this country alone. But that doesn't mean we are powerless.