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A New Normal: Musings on Transracial Adoption

Lakshmi Iyer | Posted 09.03.2015 | Parents
Lakshmi Iyer

On our way home from the airport, the image of my daughter, eyes alight, explaining Diwali to a stranger makes me smile. In the years since we adopted our children, we have focused on everyday living.

Closed Adoption Is on its Last Legs So Here's What We Must Do

Lori Holden | Posted 09.02.2015 | Parents
Lori Holden

We need to acknowledge that a grief-free experience is not likely for anyone involved. We need to teach people not to be afraid of grief, and that when dealt with intentionally, grief need not own us.

Bound By Children, Two Mothers Navigate Open Adoption Across Racial Lines

Lakshmi Iyer | Posted 07.30.2015 | Parents
Lakshmi Iyer

I follow her blog. She follows mine. We follow each other on Twitter. We are Facebook friends. Our relationship is complex. She is American. I am Indian. She is Christian. I am Hindu. She eats meat. I do not. She lives in the Southwest. I live in the Northeast. Neither friends nor immediate family, we are linked by our children. She gave birth to them. I raise them.

Thinking About Independence, and the Freedom to Explore My Identity, on the 4th of July

April Dinwoodie | Posted 07.02.2015 | Parents
April Dinwoodie

The fourth of July is upon us, a holiday that signifies a meaningful moment in U.S. history, a date that marks our official independence as a nation. Over time, freedom and independence have come to take on very deep meaning for me as a transracially adopted person.

11 Things An Adoptee Wants You To Know About Adoption

Madeleine Melcher | Posted 06.06.2015 | Parents
Madeleine Melcher

I know people in supermarkets and school registration lines always seem to have a lot of questions when they see a family that was obviously built through adoption, and I certainly get a lot about mine. This is what I want you to know to help you better understand adoption.

Adoption Nightmare: 'I Want My Baby Back!'

Posted 06.16.2015 | Dr. Phil

Kristen, now 22, decided to place her baby girl for adoption with her ex-stepfather Adam and his new wife Stacy. At the time, she wrote: "I have a gre...

Baby Without a Name

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 03.21.2015 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

An Unnamed Baby: Secrets and Judgments About Adoption As an adoption medicine specialist I have reviewed thousands of pre-adoption referrals both int...

A Teen Mom's Experience In The New World Of Modern Adoption

OWN | Posted 07.29.2014 | OWN

A few years ago, 16-year-old Sophie was pregnant and facing a daunting decision: parenting or adoption. Each would present a unique set of challenges,...

Do We Support Children and Families After Adoption From Foster Care? Not So Much

Adam Pertman | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Adam Pertman

Preparing and supporting adoptive and guardianship families both before and after adoption not only helps to preserve and stabilize at-risk placements, but also offers children and families the best opportunity for success.

My Daughter's Story

Jenni Levy | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Jenni Levy

When our children come to us through adoption, how do we explain it? When your child's origin story is a tale of tragedy, how do you respond?

Ready or Not, Glasnost Is Coming to Adoption

Lori Holden | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Lori Holden

During National Adoption Awareness Month, I make a bold prediction: the walls that still exist in adoption will fall not gradually and softly but in a rush. A shocking, thunderous rush, just like we saw nearly 25 years ago in Europe.

Lisa Belkin

Adoptive Mom Under Fire For Fantastical Children's Book

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 11.16.2013 | Parents

Sitting in the pediatrician’s waiting room watching her 5-year-old fall apart was a pivotal moment for Berta Serrano -- as life-changing as the appo...

I'm Raising Someone Else's Children

Lori Holden | Posted 07.12.2013 | Parents
Lori Holden

I was stuck in an either/or mindset. Either they were the mothers of these children or I was. Either they had a real connection or I did. Either they were legitimate or I was. Because the influence of

What I Know About Motherhood Now That I Am An Adoptive Mother

Carrie Goldman | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

My three girls take turns being the squeaky wheel, and my focus on each girl waxes and wanes. What never wavers is my love. Whether flesh of my flesh or soul of my soul, I love each daughter as a whole.

When News Is No Longer News and When Denial Is Still Denial

Lori Holden | Posted 06.05.2013 | Parents
Lori Holden

In the moments of their adoption -- like the moment of Jenna's baby's conception -- a split was created in our children between their biology and their biography. Being open about our children's origins is an effective way to heal this split and help them integrate their identities.

Diary Of An Open Adoption

Posted 01.29.2013 | Parents

This is the twenty-seventh post of "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days," a series designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, in...

The Rare Relationship I Am Fortunate To Have With My Daughter

Posted 01.24.2013 | Parents

This is the twenty-third post of "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days," a series designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, incl...

How I Found The Right Family To Adopt My Baby

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

This is the twenty-second post of "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days," a series designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, inc...

The One Thing I Failed To Worry About

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

This is the eighteenth post of "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days," a series designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, includ...

The Family I Always Had But Never Knew

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

This is the sixteenth post of "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days," a series designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, includi...

We're Still Learning What An Open Adoption Looks Like

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

This is the fifteenth post of "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days," a series designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, includi...

My Struggle To Accept That I Was Adopted

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

My professional goal is working towards solving conflict on a national and global scale, yet I have an enormous amount of unresolved conflict within myself.

“I Want To Live With My Birth Mom!” -- One Mother's Tips On Making Open Adoption Work

HuffPost Live | Posted 12.21.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

Abby Huntsman hosted a discussion on HuffPost Live to discuss what adoptive parents can do to regain some of their rights and privacy in the age of th...

Finding Out You're Adopted At 21

Posted 12.19.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

The Internet, through online databases & social media, has rendered closed adoptions virtually extinct. There are still surprises, though, as Andrew C...

Open Adoption From Carrie Goldman (WATCH)

Posted 08.20.2013 | MarloThomas

When Carrie Goldman, parenting expert and author of "Bullied", joined me on Mondays With Marlo, we spoke about how open adoption works. Carrie's daugh...