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Adoptive Parents

How I Met My 'Mother'

Ipsita Paul | Posted 09.19.2014 | Women
Ipsita Paul

As the visit was winding down and we got up to leave, Bio Mom was crying. I felt terrible that I felt nothing for her.

When You Have Room at Your Table: A Foster Mom's Story

Rachel Goble | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Rachel Goble

A single woman on a teacher's salary -- surely there must be better homes to place these children in? Julie had offered to take any child that needed a home.

The 7 Best Things About Adopting an Older Child

John M. Simmons | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

Adopting and older child is not an easy task. That same statement could be made about almost any worthwhile effort. Even so, if it is done with unwavering commitment, for the right reasons, older child adoption can rewrite fate.

All Mothers' Day

Alexis Lauricella | Posted 07.11.2014 | Parents
Alexis Lauricella

Mothers, you are all amazing. No matter how you became a mother and regardless of whether you are your child's biological mother of her 20th mother, thank you for being an amazing Mom! Happy All Mothers' Day!

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...

A Very Simple Explanation of Reactive Attachment Disorder

John M. Simmons | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

Emily was 15 when she left her Russian orphanage to join our family and her biological younger sisters.The Russian social workers informed us that she had behavioral problems and probably even disorders. They told us that she most likely had Reactive Attachment Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. They said that we shouldn't take her into our home.

A Mistake Adoptive Parents Never Need to Make Again

John M. Simmons | Posted 06.16.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

When it comes to difficult circumstances, I always try to focus on what is best for my children rather than my own feelings. A week ago I came to the understanding that I have been falling short without realizing it for nine years, now. I say "not realizing it," but maybe I just didn't want to know.

Why the Decline in International Adoptions?

John M. Simmons | Posted 06.08.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

I am not "for" international adoption. I am not against it. I am "for" children having loving parents and being in homes where they have a support network.

The Adoption System Isn't Fair

John M. Simmons | Posted 05.18.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

There will always be enough homes for the healthy babies. It isn't okay for us to allow older children to waste away without their own forever families. We need to bring them into our homes as our own children.

What They Usually Don't Tell You About Adoption

Craig Giesecke | Posted 05.10.2014 | Parents
Craig Giesecke

So much of who we are is made up of our experiences and the people we've known. But I can't help but think the picture would be more complete if I knew more about the events leading up to June 19, 1954.

Hyphen(-)less Adoption

John M. Simmons | Posted 04.27.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

What I immediately noticed in the reunification story of Jessica Long is that there were no hyphens. I watched her parents, here in the states, talk about her family in Russia. They didn't talk about her meeting her birth-mother. I never heard them say birth-father.

Adoption, Commodification and Normalcy

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 04.27.2014 | Parents
Frank Ligtvoet

Adoption is not a normal way to build a family. It is a complicated way, which next to happiness for adoptive parents brings sorrow and sadness for all involved.

I Believe in Paradoxes

John M. Simmons | Posted 04.22.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

Like any parents, we taught our children that they didn't hate their siblings; they loved them. And love didn't allow aggressive behavior. Perhaps we would have been wiser to teach them to control their anger rather than attempting to prove that paradoxes couldn't exist.

Adoption: Child Welfare or Business?

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Frank Ligtvoet

Most workers in the adoption world are decent people, but many have one-sided perspectives, which necessarily focus on the longings and wishes of adoptive parents, who are their paying clients.

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.

Adoption and Genetics: Implications for Adoptive Parents

E. Kay Trimberger | Posted 04.01.2014 | Science
E. Kay Trimberger

In 2006 I helped my 25-year-old son Jamal locate his biological families. I was unprepared for the discovery of how much he had in common with his birth parents, which led me to undertake my own search, a quest to understand genetics and how they might impact adoption.

Big Lessons That Transcend the Movie: There Are Philomenas All Around Us

Adam Pertman | Posted 03.29.2014 | Entertainment
Adam Pertman

The reality is that during the mid-20th century and beyond, severe religious, social and familial stigmas against unwed motherhood were the norm far beyond Ireland.

The New(er) Normal

Anthony Romeo | Posted 03.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Anthony Romeo

If I had ovaries, I think it would be safe to say they've been aching. I want a baby. I want a baby very, very badly.

You're Not My Dad!

John M. Simmons | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

I have teens. We fight. Nothing on earth is more natural. I always have one goal in mind when I find myself in that situation: No matter how much my child hates me when the fight is over, I want them to understand how much I love them.

When White Parents Have 'The Talk' With Black Sons

Marlene G. Fine | Posted 02.09.2014 | Parents
Marlene G. Fine

It had never occurred to us that we would need to add training in "how to act in the event that you're stopped by the police" to our list of teenage driving skills. So, we had "The Talk" with both of our sons before they learned to drive. While aching inside, we rattled off the drill.

Real Parents in Adoption: A Paradigm Shift

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 02.03.2014 | Parents
Frank Ligtvoet

Of course that scary remark will come sooner or later: 'You are not even my real dad.' A child that is denied something 'utterly' important, or is 'unfairly' disciplined tries to find hurting words and comes up with the ones she or he thinks are the worst.

Parents Who Returned Adopted Child Due In Court Wednesday

AP | LISA CORNWELL | Posted 01.27.2014 | Parents

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio couple committed a crime when they recently gave child welfare officials a 9-year-old boy they raised from infancy, a ...

Lucky-Dad Parking

Allen Delong | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Allen Delong

When people say, "Those boys are so lucky!" I'm quick to counter that I am the lucky one, to be entrusted with their care. Maybe that's my sign at the grocery store, a succinct description of a single gay man who adopted older biological siblings: "Lucky-dad parking."

An Only Adopted Child, Woman Finds Four Siblings

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

Not all adoptees grow up with a feeling of disconnectedness and loneliness, but Debbie Siegel Leonardo often felt that way as she was growing up in the 1960s in the northeast section of Philadelphia.

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...