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My Daughters' Mothers

Hanni Beyer Lee | Posted 07.23.2014 | Fifty
Hanni Beyer Lee

My three daughters were all adopted from China at older ages. Despite the immense losses each of them have carried, they have loved me and accepted my affection and care without question. It doesn't mean they have not hurt inside or pushed back at me. But they have called me Mama from the get-go and always reached out when they needed me.

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.

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.

The Moment I Learned What 'Real Mom' Actually Means

Beth Woolsey | Posted 11.22.2013 | Parents
Beth Woolsey

When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become real. When you are real, you don't mind being hurt.

WATCH: Father Reunites With Daughter He Didn't Know Exists

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.21.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Jerry Knight was 70 years old when he discovered that he had a daughter who was given up for adoption as a baby. During a HuffPost Live segment on the...

How Sailing Brought Me Closer to a Breast Cancer Survivor -- My Birth Mom

Ashley Bell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ashley Bell

I was adopted at birth, and met my biological mother when I was 19 years old -- well after her first diagnosis, treatment and remission from breast cancer. It really didn't register at the time how close I came to never having known my own mother and best friend.

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...

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

When Other's Day Became Mother's Day

Tré Miller Rodríguez | Posted 07.09.2013 | Women
Tré Miller Rodríguez

When Mom presented me with the orchid corsage, it was as foreign as a lacrosse stick. Or a set of knitting needles. "But I'm not a--" "You gave birth to your daughter," my mom explained. "That makes you a mother."

How It Felt To Let My Foster Daughter Go

Rachel Joyce | Posted 06.03.2013 | Parents
Rachel Joyce

There are five little names on a chain around my neck. Three of those names belong to the babies I bore biologically, and two of those little names are babies I got to raise for a short time and then let them go.

And Then I Found You Is Henry's Most Personal Novel Yet

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.03.2013 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Patti Callahan Henry has written many successful and enjoyable novels in the past but never has she written one as personal as her latest, And Then I Found You.

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.

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 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...

We Were Waiting To Be A 'Forever Family'

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

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

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...

'We Were Told To Leave Nina In The Playroom, All By Herself, And Depart'

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

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

It Hurts To See The Son I Gave Away

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

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

The Question I Want Everyone To Stop Asking Adopted Kids

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

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

What I Wish I Could Tell Our Son's Birth Mother

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

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

'I Was Just A Regular 15-Year Old Girl'

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

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

Here's The Rub Of Being A Foster Parent

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

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

“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...

I Saved My Daughter, Twice

Tina Traster | Posted 02.18.2013 | Parents
Tina Traster

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt make it look easy. They adopt kids from all corners of the world and the media broadcasts images of perfect Kodak moments. They'd have you believing families bond and blend instantaneously. They don't. Not always.