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International Adoption

To Congo, With Love: Send Us Your Lullabies

Sabra Gertsch | Posted 01.25.2016 | Impact
Sabra Gertsch

In the middle of the crisis, Krysta Strasbaugh sees the banana trees. Their flat, broad leaves flutter like flags of truce above the barbed wire over the protective wall.

International Adoptees Speak Out About Abuse They Claim They Endured At Hands Of Adoptive Parents

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 01.13.2016 | Dr. Phil

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My Other Birthday

Joel Peterson | Posted 01.08.2016 | Parents
Joel Peterson

As I celebrate this other birthday, I can't help but reflect on what it means, not just to me, but to the woman who adopted me. And to the one that let me go to a life that she could not imagine.

On Being Brown When Your Father Is White

Sarah Gladstone | Posted 01.04.2016 | Black Voices
Sarah Gladstone

I'm African American on my mother's side, and I'm a Russian, Polish Jew from my father. In a world where we're so often told black and white issues don't exist, I have been coerced into telling the world that's exactly what I am: A black and white issue.

When People Ask Why 'A Big Boy Like That' Is In A Stroller

Colleen Berge | Posted 12.31.2015 | Parents
Colleen Berge

There are many things in a child's life and about a child's development that outsiders know nothing about.

5 Things to Never Ask in Front of an Adopted Child

Colleen Berge | Posted 11.29.2015 | Parents
Colleen Berge

"So what's his story? Did his real parents die, or did they just not want him anymore?" It doesn't matter what my answer might be or how I address the person asking, the damage is done once the question is out there, hanging expectantly in the air.

How Adoption Changed My Friendships

Jill Robbins | Posted 11.25.2015 | Parents
Jill Robbins

We didn't expect life to stay the same, and like most new parents we were confident we were fully prepared for the challenges of parenthood. And also like most new parents, we really weren't prepared at all. But, adoption changed my friendships. I didn't see that one coming.

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.

The Department of State Wishes You a Happy National Adoption Month

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Frank Ligtvoet

This month on the 4th the Department of State's Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Michele Bond issued a statement on the occasion of National A...

Are My Adopted Kids Really 'So Lucky'?

Jill Robbins | Posted 11.13.2015 | Parents
Jill Robbins

My husband and I don't see our adoptions as a good deed, and we certainly don't want our children to be placed in the position where they're encouraged to see things this way, either.

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.

Yes, My Adopted Kids Are 'Real' Brothers

Jill Robbins | Posted 11.03.2015 | Parents
Jill Robbins

We adopted our boys because we wanted to be parents. However, we have had to make an uneasy peace with our new role as the poster family for adoption.

The 7 Questions We Hear Most Often As A Family-By-Adoption

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 11.02.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

My hope is that by sharing the answers to these seven frequently asked questions, I'll help you gain insight into adoption, the adoption community, and the need for more families to adopt children from our domestic foster care system.

The Intercountry Adoption Debate

Mirah Riben | Posted 09.22.2015 | Books
Mirah Riben

What is the debate concerning international child adoption? That depends on who you ask.

What You Should Know About Post-Adoption Depression

Jill Robbins | Posted 08.14.2015 | Parents
Jill Robbins

No one talked to me about post-adoption depression until after we adopted. This isn't something I ever heard discussed outside of adoption circles. Maybe it's time to change that? Here's part of my story.

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.

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.

Yes, I Know My Kid Is Small

Jill Robbins | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Jill Robbins

My son just had turned five. This was the first birthday where he really understood the importance of his big day and the magic that comes with no longer being four years-old. I wish I got that excited about my birthdays.

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.

What Life Could Have Been

Alexandra Garey | Posted 05.22.2015 | Women
Alexandra Garey

I almost wasn't born. I almost didn't get adopted. I almost got delivered to the wrong family at the airport. I almost didn't get to where I am today.

6 Key Factors to Consider for an Open Adoption

April Dinwoodie | Posted 06.28.2015 | Parents
April Dinwoodie

Some people experience anxiety at the prospect of this unique relationship in their lives, and some families find this aspect of their adoption journey challenging. To ensure that a child feels loved and supported by all family members, both birth and adoptive, here are six things to keep in mind.

Adam Crapser: Adopted, Abused and Facing Deportation

Mirah Riben | Posted 06.04.2015 | Impact
Mirah Riben

Crapser's case, and the hardship faced by international adoptees because of youthful offenses, is bringing worldwide attention once again to the U.S. international adoption program.

Dear New Momma (Through Adoption)

Madeleine Melcher | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Madeleine Melcher

Maybe you just came from the hospital with this little being snuggled to your chest, or perhaps you recently finalized with an older child who has never truly known "the forever" of family... either way, you are mommies. Real ones. No one can take that from you.

The Hardest Part About Growing Up As A Transracial Adoptee

Anna Eldridge | Posted 06.01.2015 | Teen
Anna Eldridge

It's a lot harder to get older and no longer be seen as a member of my own family unless I have a neon sign above my head telling the public we're related.

10 Really Shocking Facts of Child Adoption

Mirah Riben | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Mirah Riben

Adoption is a long and difficult path to navigate, especially for those who have already endured years of infertility and medical procedures. But the needs of those adopting should never over-ride the best interests of the children adoption was intended to serve, even as they grow into adults.