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National Adoption Month

Lucky-Dad Parking

Allen Delong | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Allen Delong

When people say, "Those boys are so lucky!" I'm quick to counter that I am the lucky one, to be entrusted with their care. Maybe that's my sign at the grocery store, a succinct description of a single gay man who adopted older biological siblings: "Lucky-dad parking."

Debby Ryan's Touching Blog About Family

Debby Ryan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen
Debby Ryan

The way I see it, our hearts are the most powerful things we have and to love is the most important thing we can do. That's what a family is, no matter how it came to be.

It Isn't Easy For Me To Share My Son

CT Working Moms | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
CT Working Moms

Sometimes, I feel surprised, mad, sad and scared by how attached you "still" are to her. I confess that I have counted the years that you have been with me vs. with her and wondered why the love and longing scales continue to tip so deeply in her favor.

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.

Davion Navar Henry Only

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Fifteen-year-old Davion Navar Henry Only has spent his entire life in Florida's foster care system. He's been moved from placement to placement throughout his childhood. For some children like Davion, foster care can last an entire childhood.

Thanksgiving For A Newly Adopted Child: A Tribute To National Adoption Month

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 01.26.2013 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

I am reminded every year that Thanksgiving is a precious holiday for my family.

Celebrating Families on Adoption Day

Judith Sandalow | Posted 01.21.2013 | DC
Judith Sandalow

On Saturday, I celebrated the 26th annual Adoption Day at the D.C. Superior Court with several Children's Law Center clients as their relationships were formally recognized with a final decree of adoption.

National Adoption Month: Our Twitter Chat About LGBT Families And Adoption

Posted 11.27.2012 | Gay Voices

This month, we're celebrating National Adoption Month by partnering with LGBT rights organization Family Equality Council. All November, we've been ce...

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.

Family Fridays Spotlight: Meet Wayne and Vince's Family

The Huffington Post | Lucette Jefferson | Posted 11.09.2012 | Gay Voices

As part of our Family Friday series, every week we spotlight one family, share the story of their love and send lots of love and support to them from ...

We Belong Together

Family Equality Council | Posted 01.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Family Equality Council

Like Todd Parr's great book about Adoption, we know that stories can help to inspire people to see our families for what they are -- a rich canvas of different people, different colors, different cultures and different backgrounds all brought together into one beautiful family portrait.

What Do Steve Jobs, Snooki and Gary Coleman Have In Common?

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 11.30.2011 | Parents

You don't have to be celeb-obsessed to know Brangelina adopted three of their six children. It's also commonly known that Sandra Bullock adopted her s...

Too Many Real Moms

Katherine Malmo | Posted 01.15.2012 | Parents
Katherine Malmo

If the biological parent is the "real" parent then what is the term for the parent who raised the child? The parent-in-practice? Parent-in-life? Bed-sheet-changer? At some point, it seems like 18 years of lunch-packing should earn a parent the title of "real," no?

Why I Chose To Stop Preaching Adoption

Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.07.2012 | Parents
Ann Brenoff

There are different ways to build a family and we chose to build ours through adoption. Their stories are theirs to share and you won't be hearing the details of their early years from me. At least not anymore.

From Steve Jobs to Kids in Foster Care: Lessons During National Adoption Month

Adam Pertman | Posted 12.28.2011 | Impact
Adam Pertman

November is National Adoption Awareness Month, so media outlets nationwide will be writing stories about children whose lives are improved as a result of moving from foster care into permanent, loving families.

Faced with Faces

Christine James-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christine James-Brown

More than 110,000 children in the United States -- who have suffered from abuse and/or neglect -- have nowhere to go. They are wards of the state and waiting in the foster care system.

You Voted, Now What? 5 Other Ways To Help America This November

The Huffington Post | Victoria Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Are you wearing your "I voted!" sticker right now? Are you feeling good about making a difference in your country by making your voice count? Good,...