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Words of wisdom from an adoptee

Words of wisdom from an adoptee

Christine Brewer is a happy, well-adjusted young woman who was adopted when she was an infant. She recently started a blog to help parents and adopted children to understand the pain and confusion that can surround adoption and how it can be transformed. Christine was kind enough to answer some questions for Adopting While Abroad. […]

By March 31, 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 →
Three generations of adoption

Three generations of adoption

By Kate Hilpern, The Guardian: When Ray Victor Lewis’s mother gave him up for adoption in 1936, she left him with a small Bible. Inside the front cover, the inscription reads, “Ray of Sunshine, Victorious over all.” Ray’s name wasn’t changed by his new parents, although he was a baby. Nor were the circumstances of […]

By March 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Parents Shape Orphans’ Brains

Parents Shape Orphans’ Brains

National Public Radio (NPR) a US radio program recently aired a program about Izidor Ruckel, who was adopted from an abusive orphanage in Romania by an American couple when he was 11. After years of conflicts with his adoptive parents, they reunited and became close when he as an adult. According to Nim Tottenham,a professor […]

By February 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Europeans Adopting Americans

Europeans Adopting Americans

As the number of international adoptions decrease, there is one country in which there has been an increase in infants being adopted internationally — the US. Europeans are adopting African American babies in higher numbers than ever. An adoption attorney said:  ’The Dutch families were just interested in adopting an infant. The color of the child’s […]

By September 30, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Adding a second adopted child

Adding a second adopted child

A few months ago we added a fourth to our family, a wonderful 5-year-old girl who was born in West Africa. While she is adapting well and my oldest enjoys having a sister, we’ve had to deal with a myriad of issues, some of which surprised us. I am sure our experiences are not unique […]

By October 6, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Racism and mixed race families

Racism and mixed race families

Here’s an interesting New York Times story and video about a mixed race family that was created through adoption and marriage. It’s a beautiful story about one family focusing on love and relationships rather than race, and the struggles they have with racism. It shows that we’ve got a long way to go in terms […]

By October 13, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Adopting from the US while living abroad

Adopting from the US while living abroad

By Karin Leishman, Delhi, India Our adoption story, like that of so many others, began many years before we actually became parents.  We have been married almost 15 years, but the first few years flew by in a whirlwind of graduate school, establishing careers, etc.   Like many people, we assumed everything would just come “naturally” […]

By March 9, 2011 2 Comments Read More →
An Australian/Ethiopian Adoption Story

An Australian/Ethiopian Adoption Story

Anyone connected to Australia knows that adoption laws there are extraordinarily difficult. In fact many citizens leave the country so they can adopt as expats because the process is less cumbersome. Below is the story of how one Australian family adopted a child from Ethiopia. Much of her story will resonate with anyone who has […]

By January 31, 2011 18 Comments Read More →
Mistaken for the Nanny

Mistaken for the Nanny

I thought this was an interesting Harper’s Bazaar article and wanted to share it. The writer is an Indian American who has a biological mixed race baby that does not share her color (she is brown, her baby is white). I love how she learned through the process of trial and error how to be […]

By July 16, 2010 0 Comments Read More →