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International Adoption

Not Again! Yet Another United States' Plan To Support International Adoption

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Frank Ligtvoet

Can Klobuchar and Blunt for one time, just for one time inform themselves about international adoption as it plays out in the real world and not on the happy stage as it is set up and decorated by saviors, believers, deceivers, legal and illegal business people.

My Father's Unforgettable Lesson

Joel Peterson | Posted 06.17.2016 | Impact
Joel Peterson

Photo courtesy of Joel L. A. Peterson It never occurred to my father how much that simple word always meant to me Every Father's Day reminds me ...

Elizabeth Bartholet and Her Personal Civil Right in Adoption

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Frank Ligtvoet

I don't think we are able to abolish international adoption at this moment completely, but we have to be honest about the goals of social interventions in other countries.

The God-Abusers and Adoption

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 05.23.2016 | Religion
Frank Ligtvoet

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain To be honest: I don't know God. And I don't know what He, if He is out there, wants from Ame...

Top Concerns for Gay Men Considering International Surrogacy

Eric Rosswood | Posted 04.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Eric Rosswood

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.

Beautiful Video Shows Adoptive Family Uniting After A 3-Year Wait

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 03.15.2016 | Parents

In 2012, James and Jennifer Grover began the process of adopting two boys from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). On March 1, 2016, their sons Jo...

We're a Real Family, Thank You Very Much

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 02.23.2016 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

We have become more outgoing, patient and strong with each passing year. The questions that are asked of us are our normal.

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

In May 2012, Kathleen and Martin O’Brien were charged with abusing some of their six internationally adopted children, abuse allegations which inclu...

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 07.02.2016 | 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 06.30.2016 | 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.