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Portrait of an Adoption

For My Daughter On Her 6th Birthday

Carrie Goldman | Posted 07.24.2013 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

She couldn't eat, wouldn't eat. Lived on nothing. Never cried, never indicated hunger. Test after test, specialist after specialist, and she grew thinner and thinner. But her wide smile never wavered.

Top 10 Ways I Was A Perfect Mom Until I Had Kids

Carrie Goldman | Posted 06.07.2013 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

Before I had kids, I possessed many ideas about what kind of parent I would be. Below are ten of those assumptions -- and the reality that followed, post-kids.

What I Never Expected When I Met My Birth Parents

Posted 01.31.2013 | Parents

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

What I Know Now That I've Adopted

Posted 01.30.2013 | Parents

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

A Birth Mom's Haunting Letter To Her Daughter

Posted 01.29.2013 | Parents

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

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...

Why My Daughter's Adoption Decision Left Me Speechless

Posted 01.27.2013 | Parents

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

Why My Son Has To Have A Closed Adoption

Posted 01.26.2013 | Parents

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

I'm Still Waiting For Adoption's Stigma To Fade

Posted 01.25.2013 | Parents

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

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...

Our First Adoption Never Prepared Us For This

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

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

What Can I Write To Make My Adoption Dream Come True?

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

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

Why It Meant So Much To Hear My Adopted Son Call Me 'Dad'

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

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

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...

We Were Waiting To Be A 'Forever Family'

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

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

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...

'We Were Told To Leave Nina In The Playroom, All By Herself, And Depart'

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

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

It Hurts To See The Son I Gave Away

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

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

How My Foster Mother's Love Saved My Life

Posted 05.15.2014 | Parents

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

The Question I Want Everyone To Stop Asking Adopted Kids

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

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

What I Wish I Could Tell Our Son's Birth Mother

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

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

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 Was Just A Regular 15-Year Old Girl'

Posted 01.23.2013 | Parents

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