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Adoptive Parents

5 Things We Didn't Expect When Adopting Internationally

Colleen Berge | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Colleen Berge

Aside from the long-awaited referral call, for many families that choose to adopt internationally, the journey to another country to meet and legally adopt their new addition is one of the most exciting parts of the entire adoption journey.

Is Adoption Worth It?

Christina Romo | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Christina Romo

When I started working in the adoption world a little over nine years ago, I was an absolute proponent of adoption. I doubt there would have been anything anyone could have said or done to convince me that adoption was anything but wonderful.

The Case for Adoption

Joel Peterson | Posted 11.08.2015 | Impact
Joel Peterson

Although it is highly successful, adoption -- for many, maybe even for the vast majority -- can be an extremely painful intervention. I know, personally, that it can be soul-searing and often does cause its own problems and side effects that linger throughout life.

We Need a National Adoption Month Unscripted

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 11.02.2015 | Impact
DaShanne Stokes

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.

Ten Questions Answered About Late Discovery Adoption

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 10.29.2015 | Parents
DaShanne Stokes

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.

8 Things You May Not Know About Adoption

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

I've been a mom-by-adoption for almost seven years now. We are an apparent adoptive family because we are white and our children are black, so we are often approached by strangers and asked questions. Consistently, these eight subjects come up in conversations.

'I Wish a Brown Family Adopted Me'

Gina Sampaio | Posted 08.06.2015 | Parents
Gina Sampaio

It's hard not to start bawling when your 6 year old stops getting ready for school to tell you, "I wish a brown family adopted me." It was one of those parenting moments in which I had to take a breath, hide my emotions and proceed with caution.

Remembering Mom's Love in a Breakfast Bowl

Joel Peterson | Posted 08.06.2015 | Parents
Joel Peterson

When I arrived from Korea as her new son, I was nearly 7 years old, and my mother knew that Koreans did not eat the same breakfast that American's typically ate.

Mom Saves Letter For 20 Years To Give To Daughter On Her Wedding Day

The Huffington Post | Kelsey Borresen | Posted 08.05.2015 | Weddings

When Brooke Zugg was just 18 months old, her adoptive mother wrote her a simple but sentimental letter that was to be saved and opened on he...

Finding My Mother and My American Identity

Joel Peterson | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Joel Peterson

Americans may be equal, but we are not all the same. It is the willingness of one American to defend the right of another to be different -- to think, to believe, to live in ways and to say things that one may vehemently dislike. But we will act to defend this differentness, this right to be free and unique -- even at risk of death.

My Nickname: A Cautionary Tale About Racism

Joel Peterson | Posted 06.28.2015 | Impact
Joel Peterson

We have seen the devastation that racism can perpetrate when the hate embedded within it festers in silence at the margins of our society. But where does this sort of racism come from? I don't know that I have the answer, but I do have a particular, firsthand experience that may give some insight into the question.

Maintaining Cultural Ties After International Adoption

Jill Robbins | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Jill Robbins

I met my son in a stuffy government building in China. I remember everything about the day I met him. The creak of the elevator as we traveled to the second floor.

On Father's Day, Thinking of the Dad Who Raised Me -- and the Father Who Might Not Know I Exist

April Dinwoodie | Posted 06.18.2015 | Parents
April Dinwoodie

All that I do and all that I am is wrapped up in two men; one gave me life and the other raised me. I simply would not exist without one and can't imagine my life without the other.

Girl Who Was Abused Writes Beautiful Note To Her Social Workers

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 04.15.2015 | Good News

A young girl used some powerful words to express her gratitude for those who helped her when she needed it most. After enduring abuse as an infant...

11 Things An Adoptee Wants You To Know About Adoption

Madeleine Melcher | Posted 06.06.2015 | Parents
Madeleine Melcher

I know people in supermarkets and school registration lines always seem to have a lot of questions when they see a family that was obviously built through adoption, and I certainly get a lot about mine. This is what I want you to know to help you better understand adoption.

10 Things Adoptive Parents Should Know (An Adoptee's Perspective)

Christina Romo | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Christina Romo

Adoption is not possible without loss. Losing one's birth parents is the most traumatic form of loss a child can experience. That loss will always be a part of me. It will shape who I am and will have an effect on my relationships -- especially my relationship with you.

3 Lessons Learned From Mentoring Strippers and Adopting Sick Kids

James Carbary | Posted 03.29.2015 | Impact
James Carbary

When we find our identify in our circumstance, we miss out on the opportunity to make our tomorrow better. By choosing to rise above our circumstances, we become a beacon of hope to a world that needs it.

3 Black Adoptees Speak Out About Life With White Parents

The Root | Danielle C. Belton | Posted 01.27.2015 | Black Voices

Does love know no color? The ad campaign for Kevin Costner’s new film Black or White definitely supports that idea, pushing the hashtag #LoveKnow...

Baby Without a Name

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 03.21.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

An Unnamed Baby: Secrets and Judgments About Adoption As an adoption medicine specialist I have reviewed thousands of pre-adoption referrals both int...

What's In a Name?

Christopher Thangaraj | Posted 02.28.2015 | Parents
Christopher Thangaraj

When we were matched with our birth mom and learned she was expecting a boy, we let go of Sophia, the girl's name we had chosen. Although we were very careful not to refer to him by Jacob because of all the things that could still go wrong, I'll admit we began to think of the unborn boy as our son.

How Adoption Forces Evangelicals To Grapple With Race Relations

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 02.05.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Before she and her husband adopted a son and daughter from Ethiopia, popular evangelical blogger Jen Hatmaker said she had a different view abou...

To The Young Woman Who Noticed Us When I Hoped No One Would

Lauren Casper | Posted 02.09.2015 | Parents
Lauren Casper

On a day when I felt like we were the worst example of family... a day when I hoped no one noticed us... she did. But she didn't see what I assumed everyone was seeing. She didn't think what I assumed everyone was thinking. She saw beauty and love and hope and family.

I'm Over 50 And Adopted Two Children And So Can You

High50 | Posted 03.02.2015 | Fifty

Adopting in your 50s is a lot more common than people think and the process doesn't have to be drawn out. Celebrities are among the growing number of our generation who are choosing to adopt.

I Used To Feel Ashamed About Telling My Friends I Was Adopted

Mei Webb | Posted 01.26.2015 | Teen
Mei Webb

For the last three years, I have completely forgotten about Gotcha Day -- I saw no need to bring it up, or to make anything out of it. I feel as if, everyday, my parents recognize Gotcha Day; so why celebrate it on just one particular day of the year?

Do I Love My Adopted Child As Much As Birth Parents Love Their Kids?

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

Parenting is not biology or blood work, just as it's not process of acquisition or paperwork; parenting is practice, the love you give, and the life you make.