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International Adoption

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.

Is This The Most Generous 4-Year-Old Ever?

Aimee Chan | Posted 04.19.2015 | Parents
Aimee Chan

Seventeen months ago we took our then 3-year-old to Ethiopia to meet his new baby brother. While the experience of the adoption is something we talk about openly in our household, the actual orphanage visit did not seem particularly impactful and he hasn't mentioned it much since. But then, this week, something happened.

Adopting? Proceed Reverently

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

I welcome the on-going dialogue about adoption, with hope it can lead to better care and protections for children worldwide. I pray for understanding and grace as we all continue this conversation.

If God Could Only Calculate: International Adoption, Family Preservation and Money

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 04.12.2015 | Impact
Frank Ligtvoet

I know that God is almighty and just and leads his flock to do the right thing. I don't doubt him in general in his work in international child care, even after my calculations.

Flip-Flopping on Adoption: Aussie PM Proposes Shopping for Kids

Mirah Riben | Posted 04.10.2015 | Impact
Mirah Riben

With long waiting lists of Americans vying to adopt, how can sending American children to Australia or elsewhere be seen as anything but the commodification of children for profit?

A Saga Comes to an End: From the Horse's Mouth on Korean Adoption

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

I have written thousands of words over the last few weeks searching to settle down and find a way to express my anger and the upset of so many in the adoption community, but this went no where.

A New Organization and a New Focus: Enabling Children and Families to Succeed

Adam Pertman | Posted 03.28.2015 | Impact
Adam Pertman

When families struggle to address the consequences of children's early adversity, they should be able to receive -- as a matter of course integral to the adoption process, and not as an "add-on" that can be subtracted -- services that meet their needs and sustain them.