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National Adoption Day

The Biggest Blessing Of Them All: My Experience As An Adopted Child

Kristin Chenoweth | Posted 11.20.2015 | Parents
Kristin Chenoweth

if you're thinking about adopting a child, remember that it's a gift you're getting and it comes with just as much responsibility as if you had your child biologically. On top of that, it's a beautiful blessing that you were chosen to take care of this child and become his or her parent.

I Didn't Know I Was Adopted

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
DaShanne Stokes

Seventeen years ago this month, I was in the middle of a full-blown identity crisis. I didn't know who or what I was anymore, let alone what to call myself. As our nation turns to observe National Adoption Month, I'm reminded of accidentally discovering, at the age of twenty, that I was adopted.

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.

What Accidentally Discovering I Was Adopted Taught Me About Religious Freedom

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact
DaShanne Stokes

In the summer of 1998, only a month after I turned 20, I accidentally discovered that I was adopted. The experience threw me into an identity crisis. It also had the curious effect of teaching me about religious freedom.

Everything Is Possible While Dancin' in the Kitchen

Cathy Fink | Posted 05.01.2015 | Entertainment
Cathy Fink

Many parents thought the song should be an anthem in every elementary school in the country. But others refused to let their child sing on the song, or even sing on the recording, if we were going to include this song.

When There's No Going Home

Susan Kools, RN, PhD, FAAN | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Susan Kools, RN, PhD, FAAN

It's high time that we understand the lost human capital of foster care children and be proactive in our approach to to usher them into adulthood -- really, just another three to five years -- the right way.

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.

Celebrating Success for Foster Children on Adoption Day

Judith Sandalow | Posted 01.27.2014 | DC
Judith Sandalow

I couldn't help but tear up when a little girl told the crowd that "adoption is when your auntie becomes your mommy." So much power in one sentence.

A Happy Ending For 150 Foster Kids

Los Angeles Daily News | Christina Villacorte | Posted 01.25.2014 | Los Angeles

Two-year-old Angel was among 150 foster children who gained a "forever family" Friday, as Los Angeles led the rest of the country in celebrating Natio...

My Adoption Story Was 'Love At First Sight'

Rachel Crow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Teen
Rachel Crow

My mom likes to tell me about the first time she met me. She walked into a room, took one look at me, and knew right away that I was her baby. It was love at first sight, and it gives me chills every time she tells the story.

Celebrating Families on Adoption Day

Judith Sandalow | Posted 01.21.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

On Saturday, I celebrated the 26th annual Adoption Day at the D.C. Superior Court with several Children's Law Center clients as their relationships were formally recognized with a final decree of adoption.

A Successful National Adoption Day

Rhea Perlman | Posted 01.22.2012 | Impact
Rhea Perlman

This Adoption Day, 120 foster kids were officially accepted into their new families in Los Angeles. Across the country more than 4,000 adoptions were finalized.

Arin Greenwood

D.C. Superior Court To Host 25th Adoption Day | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.18.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Happy stories coming out of the District of Columbia's Moultrie Courthouse are few and far between. But Saturday, there will be plenty o...

National Adoption Month: A Time to Celebrate and to Educate

Michael Piraino | Posted 01.18.2012 | Impact
Michael Piraino

The act of inviting an adopted child into one's life is not made easily. About one in three Americans has considered adoption, but far fewer actually follow through and become adoptive parents.

Faced with Faces

Christine James-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

More than 110,000 children in the United States -- who have suffered from abuse and/or neglect -- have nowhere to go. They are wards of the state and waiting in the foster care system.

The List

Nia Vardalos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Nia Vardalos

A common misconception about adoption is that to get a kid you just have to go to another country and be as pretty as Angelina Jolie. As studio executives and movie reviewers have informed me again and again, I'm not.