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National Adoption Month

5 Ways You Have The Power to Change a Life, Just the Way You Are -- From an Adoptee

Madeleine Melcher | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Madeleine Melcher

Last year almost 30-thousand youth aged out of Foster Care. Those children left care without a family and now have a greater likelihood of being incarcerated, homeless or having an unintended pregnancy.

Is Adoption Worth It?

Christina Romo | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Christina Romo

When I started working in the adoption world a little over nine years ago, I was an absolute proponent of adoption. I doubt there would have been anything anyone could have said or done to convince me that adoption was anything but wonderful.

Dear Retailers and Organizations: Stop Throwing Around the Word "Adoption"

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

It's trendy and attention-grabbing to implore people to "adopt" a pet, to "adopt" a highway or a star or a penguin at your local zoo, to "adopt" a new policy, to "adopt" a poverty-stricken family in another country. But frankly, it's rather offensive. Particularly the Elf on the Shelf promotion during the month of November.

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.

Here Are 3 Questions You Should Never Ask An Adoptive Family

Jill Robbins | Posted 11.13.2015 | Fifty
Jill Robbins

November is National Adoption Month. You may see stuff in your Facebook feed about being 'chosen' and 'born in my heart, not under it.' Those are wonderful sentiments. This isn't an article about wonderful sentiments, so hold on, k?

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 a...

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.

The Dark Side of Adoption

Mirah Riben | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Mirah Riben

In the midst of all the happily-ever-after media coverage of adoption, now that it's November, and National Adoption Month (NAM), it's incumbent upon us to look at adoption realistically and even critically.

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 11.02.2015 | Gay 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.

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.

The Decision My Mom Made That Changed My Life

Dawn Lugo | Posted 02.08.2015 | Teen
Dawn Lugo

Can you imagine ever making a decision that had to do with bringing a child to a loving home? Well, Millie and her 14-year-old daughter had to make a tough choice. Her judgment changed her life and all those around her.

Finding My Identity As An Adopted Child

Amanda King | Posted 02.03.2015 | Teen
Amanda King

The only difference between me and a non-adopted child is that I just happen to have two more parents. Questions about my adoption don't bother me because I am not ashamed. Rather, I think of my adoption of something that makes me unique.

Why I'm Grateful For My Parents -- All Four Of Them

Leo Sheng | Posted 01.21.2015 | Teen
Leo Sheng

While race is definitely an obvious component in our family, it is not, nor has it ever been the driving force behind our relationship towards one another. We don't love each other in spite of our differences; we love each other because of them.

Do I Love My Adopted Child As Much As Birth Parents Love Their Kids?

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

Parenting is not biology or blood work, just as it's not process of acquisition or paperwork; parenting is practice, the love you give, and the life you make.

My Struggle With Stereotyping As A Chinese Adoptee

Emily Champion | Posted 01.17.2015 | Teen
Emily Champion

I suppose you could call me a Chinese-American, but truth is, I'm not really all Chinese and I'm not really all American. I feel different ways in different situations.

Why I Love Adoption

Jillian Lauren | Posted 01.17.2015 | Parents
Jillian Lauren

I am both an adult adoptee and an adoptive mother to a beautiful firebrand of a 6-year-old boy from Ethiopia. I love adoption. I love the whole messy, rich, textured, complex world it has given me. I do not love it because it is one long Disney happy ending.

Discovering Pieces of Who She Is -- In a Place She Has No Memory of Being

Melissa Ludtke | Posted 01.14.2015 | Parents
Melissa Ludtke

My daughter Maya was three days old, a healthy newborn, when police officers in China's rural Xiaxi Town found her. Or so her adoption papers say.

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.

We Can All Be Heroes. And We Should Be.

Danielle Gletow | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Danielle Gletow

Gary and Ellen are the proud parents of nine children -- one biological and eight adopted. The adoption of six of those children, a sibling group, occurred just before Ellen had surgery. She beat breast cancer. Gary and Ellen are clearly heroes. But we can all be heroes. And we must be.

How I Learned To Finally Embrace My Adoptee Identity

Alexandra Touloukian | Posted 01.10.2015 | Teen
Alexandra Touloukian

The experience of visiting my orphanage struck something within me, and I could no longer deny the reality of the two places in China that I had a connection to. For the first time in my life, I saw myself as I truly was: a Chinese adoptee.