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Broken Heart, Empty Arms: An Adoption Story, Part 1

Jeannette Bellesfield | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Jeannette Bellesfield

In July 2002, I woke up doubled over in pain. I couldn't eat, I couldn't drink, and I could barely breathe. I went to my doctor and she immediately did an ultrasound on my kidneys and liver. She was certain I had a kidney infection. Four days later, the doctor called and said, "Congratulations! You're 22 weeks pregnant. Please come in for a consult as soon as possible. Goodbye."

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.

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.

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.

Notes of an Adopted Self, Part 1

Nicole Brittingham Furlonge | Posted 01.19.2013 | Parents
Nicole Brittingham Furlonge

When I started this search 20 years ago, this is what I knew: When I was two months old, I was adopted through the Elizabeth Lund Home in Burlington, Vermont; my birthparents were young teenagers; my birthmother was white; my birthfather was black. That's all.