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Open Adoption

My Daughter's Story

Jenni Levy | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Jenni Levy

When our children come to us through adoption, how do we explain it? When your child's origin story is a tale of tragedy, how do you respond?

Ready or Not, Glasnost Is Coming to Adoption

Lori Holden | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Lori Holden

During National Adoption Awareness Month, I make a bold prediction: the walls that still exist in adoption will fall not gradually and softly but in a rush. A shocking, thunderous rush, just like we saw nearly 25 years ago in Europe.

Lisa Belkin

Adoptive Mom Under Fire For Fantastical Children's Book

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 11.16.2013 | Parents

Sitting in the pediatrician’s waiting room watching her 5-year-old fall apart was a pivotal moment for Berta Serrano -- as life-changing as the appo...

I'm Raising Someone Else's Children

Lori Holden | Posted 07.12.2013 | Parents
Lori Holden

I was stuck in an either/or mindset. Either they were the mothers of these children or I was. Either they had a real connection or I did. Either they were legitimate or I was. Because the influence of

What I Know About Motherhood Now That I Am An Adoptive Mother

Carrie Goldman | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

My three girls take turns being the squeaky wheel, and my focus on each girl waxes and wanes. What never wavers is my love. Whether flesh of my flesh or soul of my soul, I love each daughter as a whole.

When News Is No Longer News and When Denial Is Still Denial

Lori Holden | Posted 06.05.2013 | Parents
Lori Holden

In the moments of their adoption -- like the moment of Jenna's baby's conception -- a split was created in our children between their biology and their biography. Being open about our children's origins is an effective way to heal this split and help them integrate their identities.

Diary Of An Open Adoption

Posted 01.29.2013 | Parents

This is the twenty-seventh post of "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days," a series designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, in...

The Rare Relationship I Am Fortunate To Have With My Daughter

Posted 01.24.2013 | Parents

This is the twenty-third post of "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days," a series designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, incl...

How I Found The Right Family To Adopt My Baby

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

This is the twenty-second post of "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days," a series designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, inc...

The One Thing I Failed To Worry About

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

This is the eighteenth post of "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days," a series designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, includ...

The Family I Always Had But Never Knew

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

This is the sixteenth post of "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days," a series designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, includi...

We're Still Learning What An Open Adoption Looks Like

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

This is the fifteenth post of "30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days," a series designed to give a voice to people with widely varying experiences, includi...

My Struggle To Accept That I Was Adopted

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

My professional goal is working towards solving conflict on a national and global scale, yet I have an enormous amount of unresolved conflict within myself.

“I Want To Live With My Birth Mom!” -- One Mother's Tips On Making Open Adoption Work

HuffPost Live | Posted 12.21.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

Abby Huntsman hosted a discussion on HuffPost Live to discuss what adoptive parents can do to regain some of their rights and privacy in the age of th...

Finding Out You're Adopted At 21

Posted 12.19.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

The Internet, through online databases & social media, has rendered closed adoptions virtually extinct. There are still surprises, though, as Andrew C...

Open Adoption From Carrie Goldman (WATCH)

Posted 08.20.2013 | MarloThomas

When Carrie Goldman, parenting expert and author of "Bullied", joined me on Mondays With Marlo, we spoke about how open adoption works. Carrie's daugh...

Will 'Open Adoption' Lead To 'Open Donation'? Should It?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.22.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

If nearly all domestic adoptions of infants are some degree of "open", isn't it time to make that the norm when it comes to sperm and egg donation, too?

The New Adoption Norm

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 05.21.2012 | Parents

NEW YORK -- The secrecy that long shrouded adoption has given way to openness, and only about 5 percent of infant adoptions in the U.S. now take place...

16 & Pregnant & Having an Abortion

Cristina Page | Posted 03.21.2012 | Home
Cristina Page

There's another voice you must add to 16 & Pregnant: That of the 16 year-old girl who is pregnant and chooses to have an abortion.

Choices: 2011 and Beyond

Sarah Buttenwieser | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sarah Buttenwieser

When I think about adoption, I imagine it's changed -- opened up -- in part because legal abortion exists. Adoption can be a more freely chosen option than it was during those back alley days.

Open Adoption Advocate Annette Baran Dead: Author Dies At 83

Los Angeles Times | Valerie J. Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Living with a secret is psychologically destructive -- that concept was nearly an anthem for Annette Baran, a clinical social worker and psychotherapi...