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International Adoption

Adoption, Food and Acceptance

Allison Barberi | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Allison Barberi

One of our children collected everyone's apple cores and saved them next to her seat. We tried to assure her that we had more food, but nothing could persuade her to let us throw the apple cores away. We felt it was best to just let her have them, if it made her feel safer.

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?

Paper Chains

Craig Juntunen | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Craig Juntunen

On Tuesday the Both Ends Burning campaign released its investigative report, titled Paper Chains, documenting the U.S. Department of State's misconduc...

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.

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.

Democratic Republic of Congo, Christianity and International Adoption

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Frank Ligtvoet

The mainstream Evangelicals do not take the criticism of Joyce and other researchers like E.J. Graf and David Smolin seriously and they keep promoting international adoption as the solution to the orphan crisis.

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.

Wrongfully Detained

Craig Juntunen | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Craig Juntunen

Today, over 100 orphans who have already been legally adopted by American families from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are still stuck in orphanages waiting for their American families to bring them home.

Fish Heads and Folktales by Peter Moran

Melissa Webster | Posted 05.27.2014 | Books
Melissa Webster

A beautiful story about the family who chooses us and the ones we choose, Fish Heads and Folktales is a novel that explores the life of Peter and his cross-cultural experience as a Korean-born baby adopted by an American family to live in the U.S.

A Calculation: The 'Orphan Crisis' in Ethiopia

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Frank Ligtvoet

Ethiopia is but one example of the many countries where the 'orphan crisis' plays out. There are, says the CHIFF website, 200,000,000 orphans. As in Ethiopia in all those other countries CHIFF will not make any difference in that crisis.

Captain America Does It Again! Troubling International Adoption Legislation (CHIFF)

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 05.02.2014 | Politics
Frank Ligtvoet

"There is one issue on which all Americans agree, every child needs a family." This is the slogan used by the supporters of the proposed legislation C...

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.

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.

Russia Is not Always As Cold As We Think

John M. Simmons | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

If Sochi is cold enough for Winter Olympic snow events, it's barely cold enough. In fact, the city is more known for subtropical beach getaways than w...

Is Adoption Better or Worse Than a Real Family?

John M. Simmons | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

Is adoption better or worse than a real family? Okay, I admit it. It was a trick question. What is the fixation with the word "real?" Who are the "real" parents, first parents or adoptive parents?

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.

My Daughter Made Santa Claus Cry

John M. Simmons | Posted 02.17.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

Santa couldn't stop crying as he hugged my daughter tightly. Then, he said the only thing he could: "I'll see what I can do, Sarah. I'll see what I can do." Santa was a wreck as we walked away. I wasn't faring much better.

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.

My Recognition of Adoption Month: What 'Korean Eyes' Means to Me

Lisa Cleary | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Lisa Cleary

I don't harbor resentment about being given up for adoption. I don't see the point, because constantly questioning my identity would just eat me up. Instead, I'm grateful, and I can't begin to explain how liberating that is.

Adoption Group Calls For U.S. Laws To Stop Online Child Trading

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

By Megan Twohey Nov 1 (Reuters) - A study by a major U.S. adoption research group calls for "targeted laws, policies and practices" to...

Eye-opening Insights Into International Adoption, Orphans, Special Needs and "Re-homing"

Adam Pertman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Adam Pertman

More children are remaining in orphanages for longer periods of time, thereby incurring the increased developmental and psychic harm that comes from being institutionalized, while also diminishing their prospects for ever moving into a permanent family.

Revealing a Dichotomy

Craig Juntunen | Posted 12.22.2013 | Impact
Craig Juntunen

If we are really going to evolve into a functioning global society, why can't we accept, embrace, and promote cross-border adoption in the same light we accept and promote domestic adoption?

A Tale of Art Forgery, Sex Slavery and Single Parenthood

Janice Harper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Janice Harper

There is another chapter to Ken Perenyi's life that was omitted from his autobiography, and that is the chapter of how he used his ill-gotten gains to rescue a child from sex slavery and, as the FBI closed in on his forging escapades, found himself an unexpected parent to a Ghanian child.