For years, I tripped over the toy fire truck, a present on my Ethiopian-born son's fourth birthday, his first in the United States. Now that he's 9, he wants to give the truck away. Why is letting go so hard?
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Life as a visible family can be challenging, but it's never dull
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Children get pegged with all kinds of labels at school, some good and some not-so-good. How should parents respond?
No matter what the age at placement, every adopted child joins her new family bearing a personal history, but children like mine, who were older at adoption, arrive with a cache of formative memories and life experiences.
Helping shape internationally adopted children's cultural identities is a challenge, but I've found doing this helps
Talking to your child's teacher about adoption and/or race in the classroom can feel intimidating, but one mother has learned it's worth the effort.
After an adoptive mother returned her son to Russia, other adoptive families reacted by sharing their stories of success or struggle.
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Barbara, Like Sadie, I feel like an ambassador for open adoption. My husband Jeff was adopted in 1963 and we adopted a domestic newborn in…...
I have not meet with my son´s BF but I have a couple of photos and he looks so much like her (and nothing like…...
I found the other site a week or so ago and was wondering about it. Now I know! ...
Thanks for sharing article ....i have read many blogs on open adoption and found that people are not much happy with open adoption. ...
Thank you for sharing your story. I have spent the last year and a half creating hair tutorial videos for parents of African American and…...
Thanks, Barb, what a unique story. I also liked what Sadie had to say about nature vs nurture: “There is something to this nature thing!”…...