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National Adoption Awareness Month

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.

35 Photos Of Adopted Siblings That Show Family Is About Love, Not DNA

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.12.2015 | Parents

Many parents who have adopted find that people sometimes ask, "Are your kids real siblings?" In honor of Adoption Awareness Month, we asked the adopti...

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.

How Homophobia Is Hurting Our Nation's Foster Children

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
DaShanne Stokes

I've never understood why so many of my foster care brothers and sisters continue to languish in the foster care system. In truth, they should have found homes a long time ago.

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.

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.

How Racism is Hurting Our Nation's Foster Children

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 10.14.2015 | Black Voices
DaShanne Stokes

Even as President Obama gets ready to make his annual proclamation marking the beginning of National Adoption Month in just a couple of weeks, racism continues to scar the lives of many of our nation's 400,000 children who languish in foster care because of their race.

How I Earned the Privilege of Being Called 'Mommy' By Our (Adopted) Son

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

I stopped asking him to because it seemed more important to him not to call me mommy than it was for me to hear it.

Broken Heart, Empty Arms: An Adoption Story, Part 1

Jeannette Bellesfield | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Jeannette Bellesfield

In July 2002, I woke up doubled over in pain. I couldn't eat, I couldn't drink, and I could barely breathe. I went to my doctor and she immediately did an ultrasound on my kidneys and liver. She was certain I had a kidney infection. Four days later, the doctor called and said, "Congratulations! You're 22 weeks pregnant. Please come in for a consult as soon as possible. Goodbye."

National Adoption Awareness Month: Hearing the Voices of Adoptees, Part II

Mirah Riben | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Mirah Riben

Events like National Adoption Awareness Month are created and used by the mega adoption industry to promote adoption. Less recognized, however, is the reality that even the happiest of adoptions are a result of tragedy and loss.

11 Things Never To Say To An Adoptive Parent

Maria Colaco | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Maria Colaco

I think people -- even today -- don't think that adoptive parents go through the same things that you do when you have a biological child.

National Adoption Awareness Month: Hearing Voices of Loss

Mirah Riben | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Mirah Riben

Every November since 1984, the media features stories about adoption to mark National Adoption Awareness Month (NAAM) and National Adoption Day.

I Adopted a Black Kid and I'm Not Black -- So?

Matthew Bailey | Posted 11.08.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Bailey

Four months ago, after three long-ass years of waiting, I adopted a nice little half-black, half-Polish boy called Cameron. Despite the near-constant ...

WATCH: Family With Six Special Needs Adoptions Receives Amazing Gift From Community

HuffPost Live | Ishita Singh | Posted 11.08.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

In honor of Adoption Awareness Month this November, Jeremy Green joined HuffPost Live to share his story of adopting and raising six special-needs chi...

Giving Thanks for Adoptive Families

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 01.27.2013 | Black Voices
Rep. Karen Bass

If you have yet to think of adoption, please take this holiday season to remind yourself of what family means to you and how good it would feel to offer those same blessings to a child in need.

Family Values vs. Valuing Families

Jennifer Chrisler | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jennifer Chrisler

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Now, with the election behind us, it is time for us to stop focusing on the political rhetoric of family values and work towards laws and policies that truly value families -- especially those created through adoption.