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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.

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.

Notes of an Adopted Self, Part 4

Nicole Brittingham Furlonge | Posted 02.13.2013 | Women
Nicole Brittingham Furlonge

All I could say was, "Hi." I didn't know what else to say. I wasn't even sure what to call him; it was too soon to call him "Dad," too disrespectful and impersonal to call him "Jack."

Notes of an Adopted Self, Part 2

Nicole Brittingham Furlonge | Posted 01.27.2013 | Women
Nicole Brittingham Furlonge

I signed the letter "Christina." I had never used that name before and it seemed so alien to me as my hand forced the signature. Yet, when Sarah called me one month later asking for Christina, I answered "this is she" without hesitation.