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I, Firat Kaya: My Origins Lie Elsewhere

Alexander Goerlach | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion
Alexander Goerlach

Identity formation always includes a process of othering, of demarcating oneself from those who are different. But what if one's identity has two sides?

My Dad And I Lived A Mile Away Without Knowing Until I Found Him On Facebook 26 Years Later

Jessica Porter | Posted 06.13.2014 | Good News
Jessica Porter

That's when I approached my grandparents about my birth father. My grandma simply stated that she did not know who he was since my mother never told her. As time moved on, I realized my grandparents were the only family I needed, and the questions I had had about my dad faded away.

Burger King Reunion Inspires Adoptee to Search via Facebook too

Caurie Putnam | Posted 06.11.2014 | Women
Caurie Putnam

Burger King was the final straw that an adopted upstate New York woman needed to launch her own search for her birth parents.

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.

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.

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...

Searching For The Truth About My Adoption

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

Granny revealed the truth when she started drinking wine in her 80s.

The Day I Finally Got Custody Of My Daughter

Carrie Goldman | Posted 01.09.2013 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

You were already mine in my heart, unlimited by boundaries of law, time and place. Now you were mine on paper, too, and nobody could keep us apart.

The New Adoption Norm

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 05.21.2012 | Parents

NEW YORK -- The secrecy that long shrouded adoption has given way to openness, and only about 5 percent of infant adoptions in the U.S. now take place...

The Hunter Is Another Winner for Lescroart

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 03.24.2012 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

We only get one Lescroart novel a year, and when it arrives it is a cause for excitement. I usually prefer the books about Dismas Hardy but this one on Hunt is one of Lescroart's best. He manages to make it his most complex and emotional story to date.

16 & Pregnant & Having an Abortion

Cristina Page | Posted 03.21.2012 | Home
Cristina Page

There's another voice you must add to 16 & Pregnant: That of the 16 year-old girl who is pregnant and chooses to have an abortion.

Facebook Helps Adopted Teen Find Birth Mother

Posted 08.30.2011 | Impact

NBC Today interviewed a family who found their adopted daughter's birth mother on Facebook. As Jessi Zachtel grew up, she found herself increasingly...

Open Adoption Advocate Annette Baran Dead: Author Dies At 83

Los Angeles Times | Valerie J. Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Living with a secret is psychologically destructive -- that concept was nearly an anthem for Annette Baran, a clinical social worker and psychotherapi...

Adventures of the Tricksy Hobbit

Meredith Lopez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Meredith Lopez

Some words of wisdom bestowed upon me the night before my baby shower, by my Uncle Big Rudy: "Parenthood is one argument you just aren't going to win."