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Why some children are so volatile

Why some children are so volatile

One moment your child is clinging to you at breakfast, with loving arms encircling your neck.  The next moment she screams and smashes the cereal bowl following a simple request to wipe Cheerios off the table.  That same child, who was just doting on you, is now reminding you that you’re the worst parent ever, […]

By April 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Guide for dealing with trauma

Guide for dealing with trauma

The American Psychological Association (APA) has a guide to help foster and adoptive families cope with trauma. The free guide makes it clear that one should begin with the premise that all foster and adopted children have had trauma in their lives. At a minimum they have suffered a great loss, at a maximum they […]

By April 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Relinquishing an adopted son

Relinquishing an adopted son

Adoption is not for the faint of heart. It’s more than hard work helping children who have broken spirits or survival instincts as their primary source of functioning to adapt to a new life and to accept love and affection. It will stretch you to your limits and beyond when the child tests to see […]

By March 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

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Why some children are so volatile

Why some children are so volatile

One moment your child is clinging to you at breakfast, with loving arms encircling your neck.  The next moment she screams and smashes the cereal bowl following a simple request to wipe Cheerios off the table.  That same child, who was just doting on you, is now reminding you that you’re the worst parent ever, […]

By April 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Ethiopian Adoption Search Registry

Ethiopian Adoption Search Registry

A new website helps Ethiopian birth families find and connect with their children who were adopted abroad. Ethiopian Adoption Connection was created with the goal of matching Ethiopian birth families with their children adopted abroad. Their priority is helping those who cannot search or who have searched and been unsuccessful. Many adoptive families are fortunate […]

By April 8, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Where is your child from? Bedrooms from around the world

Where is your child from? Bedrooms from around the world

Our adopted children all have different beginnings. Some come from impoverished countries, others live in wealthy countries but have had tragic beginnings that left them abandoned and in need of a home. Photographer James Mollison came up with the idea to photograph children’s bedrooms around the world. He photographed bedrooms in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, […]

By April 3, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

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School genealogy projects

School genealogy projects

All adoptive parents know that  there will one day be a school project that will demand something we can’t produce — a baby picture, a family tree that is simple and clean or a DNA experiment that will show that family members are related. Christine Mitchell has written a wonderful free resource for dealing with […]

By March 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The politics of interracial friendships

The politics of interracial friendships

My best friend at 9 was white — but interracial friendships later became a struggle. Here’s why everything changed By Brittney Cooper, Salon A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, which found that 40 percent of white people and 25 percent of nonwhite people have no friends of the opposite race, caused me to reflect deeply on the […]

By March 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
15 things I wish I could tell my adoptive parents

15 things I wish I could tell my adoptive parents

Jessenia Arias (Gonzalez), an adult adoptee polled other adoptees about what they would like to tell their adoptive parents. The issue that came up the most was transparency about birth families and the adoption story. The adopted children who responded made it clear that parents can help their children by telling them as much as […]

By March 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
How to parent your adopted child

How to parent your adopted child

To celebrate Adoption Month, MK MetroKids wrote an interesting article providing tips on how to parent an adopted child. The painstaking process of adoption demands so much time and effort, it’s not unusual for adoptive moms and dads to put their practical parenting concerns on the back burner. This fact can lead to anxiety in that crucial post-adoption […]

By March 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →