Adoption Parenting

An Adoptive Mom’s Attempt to Educate the Public…

March 4, 2014
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One of the things that was surprising to me after adopting three of our children internationally was the number of times that we were stopped by strangers who wanted to ask a question or make a comment about our family- specifically about our differences. To point out the fact that we don’t look alike. To […]

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How To Explain Adoption to Your Friends and Family

January 18, 2013
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When you and your spouse / partner / significant other decide that you want to bring a child into your family through adoption, it is a deeply personal and well-thought-out decision. It doesn’t happen on a whim or without tons of research and partnership with an adoption agency. To get to the point where you […]

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iVillage: What NOT to Ask Adoptive Parents

December 2, 2011
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A few weeks ago, I wrote several blog posts in recognition of National Adoption Awareness Month. And as part of those posts, I tackled the topic of what adoptive parents wish that people wouldn’t ask in public. To further this message, I created a web cartoon which hopefully demonstrates the absurdity of some of these […]

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My Favorite Books on Adoption Parenting

November 18, 2011
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I thought I would wrap up this week’s discussion about adoption by highlighting some of my favorite books on the subject. Great Books About Adoption Parenting Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections This book isn’t a how-to book at all… but a collection of essays, hand-selected to help prepare you for parenting an adopted […]

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I am Quite Happy to be the “Growing Up Mommy”

November 17, 2011
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There are few discussions that get the adoption community more stirred up- than when one person tries to tell everyone else what they believe to be the proper terms for “biological Mom” and “adoptive Mom”. Adoptive parents, biological parents, and adoptees can get very caught up in taking a firm stance on what they individually […]

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7 Steps to Managing the Adjustment Period when Adopting an Older Child

November 16, 2011
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Bringing a new child into the home is always an adjustment, no matter how that child arrives…. via birth, via step-parenting, or via adoption. The parents need to adjust to meeting someone else’s needs as well as meeting their child’s expectations. And the child needs to adjust to being in a new home complete with […]

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What This Adoptive Mom Wished “The Public” Knew…

November 15, 2011
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There are times when I am “out and about” with my kids, that I receive some pretty crazy comments and questions. When I first arrived home from China with my youngest daughter- I tried my best to answer questions posed by well-meaning strangers. Back then my daughter was too young to understand what we were […]

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November is National Adoption Month… so Let’s Talk About It!

November 14, 2011
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November has been designated National Adoption Month- which is meant to recognize and celebrate families created through adoption, and hopefully create a greater awareness of the number of children throughout the world living without permanent and loving parents. While I think it is important to draw national attention to the topic of adoption and children […]

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An impossible crossroads…. when adoption and child trafficking collide

August 15, 2011

Parents of internationally adopted children have been watching this story unfold and discussing it on forums all over the web. It is the story of two families connected by one daughter standing at an impossible crossroads. In an unprecedented ruling, a judge in Guatemala has ordered the return of an 7-year old girl, adopted by […]

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Kung Fu Panda 2: A Movie About Adoption

June 17, 2011

Huh?  You mean you saw Kung Fu Panda 2 in the theater (presumably) with your kids, and you didn’t see it as an adoption movie?  Hmm….  I guess that must mean that you are not a member of an adoption triad.  You know “the triad”, right?  Adopted child, Birth Family, Adoptive Family…..  because if you […]

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