That's when it hit me -- gone was the toddler and before me sat, quite stubbornly I might add, a bonafide little kid.
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Embracing the challenges of adoption requires a sense of humor
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I used to baby my pet cat. Then I became a mom to a baby through domestic adoption. Scarlet has adjusted (mostly) gracefully.
She's here all week folks. And then some.
In the nearly four years since we adopted our daughter domestically, contact with her biological mother has been inconsistent. But the last time she called, I had a plan, and hope communication will become more regular.
In adoption, the word "entitlement" is fraught with emotion. But I believe our children need us to feel entitled to parent, to claim them wholly as ours.
I've come to realize that friends and family can't truly understand open adoption, or my sadness about not hearing from my daughter's biological mother.
When Tony and I first began talking about adoption, he wasn't sure it was something he wanted to do. Since we met our daughter, hours after her birth, he's been forging a meaningful, magical bond.
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Barbara HerelNew York
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Recent Adoption Blog Comments
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!”…...