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National Adoption Month

The Decision My Mom Made That Changed My Life

Dawn Lugo | Posted 12.09.2014 | Teen
Dawn Lugo

Can you imagine ever making a decision that had to do with bringing a child to a loving home? Well, Millie and her 14-year-old daughter had to make a tough choice. Her judgment changed her life and all those around her.

Finding My Identity As An Adopted Child

Amanda King | Posted 12.04.2014 | Teen
Amanda King

The only difference between me and a non-adopted child is that I just happen to have two more parents. Questions about my adoption don't bother me because I am not ashamed. Rather, I think of my adoption of something that makes me unique.

Why I'm Grateful For My Parents -- All Four Of Them

Leo Sheng | Posted 11.21.2014 | Teen
Leo Sheng

While race is definitely an obvious component in our family, it is not, nor has it ever been the driving force behind our relationship towards one another. We don't love each other in spite of our differences; we love each other because of them.

Do I Love My Adopted Child As Much As Birth Parents Love Their Kids?

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 11.21.2014 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

Parenting is not biology or blood work, just as it's not process of acquisition or paperwork; parenting is practice, the love you give, and the life you make.

My Struggle With Stereotyping As A Chinese Adoptee

Emily Champion | Posted 11.17.2014 | Teen
Emily Champion

I suppose you could call me a Chinese-American, but truth is, I'm not really all Chinese and I'm not really all American. I feel different ways in different situations.

Why I Love Adoption

Jillian Lauren | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Jillian Lauren

I am both an adult adoptee and an adoptive mother to a beautiful firebrand of a 6-year-old boy from Ethiopia. I love adoption. I love the whole messy, rich, textured, complex world it has given me. I do not love it because it is one long Disney happy ending.

Discovering Pieces of Who She Is -- In a Place She Has No Memory of Being

Melissa Ludtke | Posted 11.14.2014 | Parents
Melissa Ludtke

My daughter Maya was three days old, a healthy newborn, when police officers in China's rural Xiaxi Town found her. Or so her adoption papers say.

11 Things Never To Say To An Adoptive Parent

Maria Colaco | Posted 11.13.2014 | Parents
Maria Colaco

I think people -- even today -- don't think that adoptive parents go through the same things that you do when you have a biological child.

We Can All Be Heroes. And We Should Be.

Danielle Gletow | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
Danielle Gletow

Gary and Ellen are the proud parents of nine children -- one biological and eight adopted. The adoption of six of those children, a sibling group, occurred just before Ellen had surgery. She beat breast cancer. Gary and Ellen are clearly heroes. But we can all be heroes. And we must be.

How I Learned To Finally Embrace My Adoptee Identity

Alexandra Touloukian | Posted 11.10.2014 | Teen
Alexandra Touloukian

The experience of visiting my orphanage struck something within me, and I could no longer deny the reality of the two places in China that I had a connection to. For the first time in my life, I saw myself as I truly was: a Chinese adoptee.

27 Breathtaking Photos Of Adoptive Families Uniting

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 11.11.2014 | Parents

Parenthood requires love, not DNA, the saying goes -- and those who have become moms and dads through adoption know it. Since November is National Ad...

Teach Your Children About Adoption Before Releasing Them On The Playground

Rachael Quinn Egan | Posted 11.11.2014 | Parents
Rachael Quinn Egan

We sometimes don't think to talk about what should seem obvious. And so, for the sake of all our children, and especially in honor of November, National Adoption Month, please, teach your children well.

Now That I Have Another Chance, This Is The Kind Of Mom I Want To Be

Stacy Pelander | Posted 11.07.2014 | Parents
Stacy Pelander

Just before I turned 21, I had a baby girl who was adopted at birth by an amazing couple. The fact that I have another chance to be a mom -- and more, that I get to be a mom to a little girl -- is overwhelming at times.

What We Forget To Talk About When We Celebrate Adoption

Sophie Johnson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Teen
Sophie Johnson

Lots of families celebrate the day they met their adopted child and became a family. But while I appreciate the love and everything else my parents give me, Gotcha Day can be a mixed bag -- one that leaves kids like me sad and confused.

8 Things Adoptive Parents Should Never, Ever Do

Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.03.2014 | Parents
Ann Brenoff

I am acutely aware that for me to gain my family, two women across the world suffered a massive loss. I can't imagine their pain. I don't know what I would say to them. But I won't ignore that they exist.

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 ...