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Adopted Children

To The Young Woman Who Noticed Us When I Hoped No One Would

Lauren Casper | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Lauren Casper

On a day when I felt like we were the worst example of family... a day when I hoped no one noticed us... she did. But she didn't see what I assumed everyone was seeing. She didn't think what I assumed everyone was thinking. She saw beauty and love and hope and family.

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

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 11.21.2014 | 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 Kids Aren't 'Lucky' Because I Adopted Them -- I Am

Ginny Gilder | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Ginny Gilder

very time someone tells me how lucky my children are for having been adopted into my family, I want to gag. Instead, I politely tell them I'm the lucky one.

The Questions I Want My Son To Keep Asking

Brent Almond | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Brent Almond

As two gay men adopting a child -- as "different" parents raising a "different" family -- this was, in fact, what we'd signed up for. Yet no amount of preparation or groundwork or open-mindedness kept me from being surprised by these not-really-out-of-the-blue questions.

The Rare Disorder That Forced This Dad To Give Up Custody Of His Adopted Daughter

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 04.23.2014 | Parents

Reactive attachment disorder, or RAD, is a rare condition that renders young children incapable of making a connection with another person. It particu...

WATCH: Family Who Adopted Four Ukrainian Children Speaks Out

HuffPost Live | Posted 03.18.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

While on a trip to Ukraine in the summer of 2013, Lisa and David Bundy met four orphans that they later decided to adopt. But when they returned to co...

American Family Adopts 4 Kids From Ukraine Amid Violence

AP | PHILLIP RAWLS | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — David and Lisa Bundy knew adopting four orphans at once from Ukraine would be stressful. But it wasn't until the bullets ...

Dylan Farrow is Woody Allen's Daughter, Not His 'Adopted' Daughter

Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.12.2014 | Parents
Ann Brenoff

Since my two children are Chinese and my husband and I are not, most people can surmise from looking at us that my kids were adopted. But they are simply my children, not my adopted children. I love them no less because of the method by which we became a family.

It Isn't Easy For Me To Share My Son

CT Working Moms | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
CT Working Moms

Sometimes, I feel surprised, mad, sad and scared by how attached you "still" are to her. I confess that I have counted the years that you have been with me vs. with her and wondered why the love and longing scales continue to tip so deeply in her favor.

Incredible Blended and Adopted Family of 11 Children Spreads the Love Around

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News
Arlene Nisson Lassin

Each child feels blessed and happy to be part of their unique family because there's more than enough love to go around for the 11 children. The children may have different biological parents and different races, but they all blend seamlessly.

Memories and Their Importance to Attachment and Security: Journals for Orphans

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

I took them out the first week we were in the apartment, and they smiled and started making baby voices. I was so happy to see them enjoy the only real evidence of their past life in their home countries.

In Adoption and Same-Sex Parenting, Who Is the 'Primary' Mother?

Colleen Logan, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Colleen Logan, Ph.D.

Answering this for myself required taking an honest look at my own experience of two mothers, one adoptive, one biological. What makes a mother "primary"? What makes a mother real?

WATCH: Daughter Reunites With Birth Mom 22 Years After Adoption

Posted 09.18.2013 | Divorce

On February 6, 1991, Jennifer Moorhead made the difficult decision to give her newborn daughter up for adoption. Moorhead was already a single mom and...

Do Orphans See the Sun Set?

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

My son cared deeply about the sun and I am so happy for him. He was an orphan and likely gave no mind to the sun up or down in his first six years in Abyssinia. Now he is otherwise engaged in all the phenomena of life -- human and astronomical.

Abuse, Adoption and Epigenetics

Tim Spector | Posted 09.30.2013 | Science
Tim Spector

We are bombarded by often contradictory advice on how best to bring up our children. However, scientific evidence is usually lacking, and research has surprisingly failed to find a clear relationship between family environment and the child's resulting behavior.

Enthusiasm for Kore-eda's "Like Father, Like Son" at Cannes

Karin Badt | Posted 07.20.2013 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

The story is as simple and clean as director Kore-eda's filmmaking style: an upper class couple discovers that their beloved child, aged five, is act...

Why "The Big Wedding" Crashed and Burned

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.30.2013 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Movie Review Jackie K Cooper ...

Equal Rights for All: It's Finally Time for Adopted People, Too

Adam Pertman | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics
Adam Pertman

As our country has focused enormous attention in recent days on the rights of one minority, gay men and lesbians, we continue (alas) to give short-shrift to the decades-long effort to achieve equality for millions of people in another segment of our population: Americans who were adopted into their families.

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...

10 Things Adoptees Want You to Know

Lesli Johnson | Posted 03.13.2013 | Parents
Lesli Johnson

I was adopted as an infant, during a time when adoption was still shrouded in secrecy. My experience is not unique, but it is important. Here are ten of the ten thousand things adoptees want the world to know.

“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...

We Belong Together

Family Equality Council | Posted 01.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Family Equality Council

Like Todd Parr's great book about Adoption, we know that stories can help to inspire people to see our families for what they are -- a rich canvas of different people, different colors, different cultures and different backgrounds all brought together into one beautiful family portrait.

An Open Letter to My Adopted Mom

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 10.18.2012 | Impact
Victor M. Feraru

There were days that I thought you would kick me out and I ran away. I wanted to give up and you would not let me. You would not accept failure and yet would understand when I made mistakes.

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...

Who's That Girl? Reflections On A Lifelong Mirror Obsession

Jillian Lauren | Posted 11.19.2012 | Women
Jillian Lauren

I remember being mocked by my Hebrew school classmates when they busted me transfixed by my own reflection in the long windows of the temple gift shop like a Jewish mini-Narcissus.