“It Takes No Special Power to Love a Child”
Adoptive Families
by May M. Tchao
1y ago
As she anticipates the release of her documentary Hayden & Her Family, the filmmaker reconnects with the mother of 12 she profiled to discuss special needs adoption, parenting outside “normal” boundaries, and how loving a child changes you. The post “It Takes No Special Power to Love a Child” appeared first on Adoptive Families ..read more
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The Grammar of Untold Stories: An Interview with Lois Melina
Adoptive Families
by Lois Melina
2y ago
Lois Melina has been a voice of wisdom and authority in the world of adoption for decades. We connected with Melina upon the publication of her latest book, The Grammar of Untold Stories,a collection of personal essays, to discuss immigration and international adoption, transracial adoption and the Black Lives Matter movement, and the many ways adoption and infertility continue to surface in her writing. The post The Grammar of Untold Stories: An Interview with Lois Melina appeared first on Adoptive Families ..read more
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“Breathing”
Adoptive Families
by Jennifer Zeuli
2y ago
As I prepared to adopt my second child, I welcomed the home study worker into a perfectly clean and ordered home. The scene that greeted her at her post-placement visit was, well, different—but much more real. The post “Breathing” appeared first on Adoptive Families ..read more
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Thank You, Bàba
Adoptive Families
by Jeff Seitzer
2y ago
Six months after she came home to us, our daughter stopped speaking. As I searched for clues as to her sudden silence, I became profoundly grateful to her Chinese foster father, a man I had never met, for teaching me a valuable lesson about selfless love. The post Thank You, Bàba appeared first on Adoptive Families ..read more
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How to Be an Anti-Racist Adoptive Parent
Adoptive Families
by Beth Hall
2y ago
For years, many white adoptive parents of children of color have sought to claim the relatively passive “not-racist” identity, but now is the time to push beyond self-examination into action and become an anti-racist family. Learn how to interrogate your own white privilege; talk with your child about systemic racism, the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many others, and the resulting Black Lives Matter protests; and commit to working toward justice. The post How to Be an Anti-Racist Adoptive Parent appeared first on Adoptive Families ..read more
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Mothering Children of Color Who Are Becoming Adults
Adoptive Families
by Jessica O'Dwyer
2y ago
As my children move into the world without me, I can’t protect them the way I could when they were little. I can’t assume that their lives and actions will be cloaked with the same privilege I was born with. The post Mothering Children of Color Who Are Becoming Adults appeared first on Adoptive Families ..read more
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“From Waiting Mom to Flexible Working Mom”
Adoptive Families
by Corey Schaut
3y ago
Adoption allowed me to fulfill my dream of finally becoming a mother, and my flexible work schedule allows me to be the mom I’ve always wanted to be. Here’s how you can make it work, too. The post “From Waiting Mom to Flexible Working Mom” appeared first on Adoptive Families ..read more
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Ask AF: Letting a Preteen Take the Lead in a Birth Parent Relationship
Adoptive Families
by Katie Naftzger, LICSW
3y ago
"At what age should we start letting our daughter take the lead in birth parent contact? I know that my daughter will be able to call her birth mom freely when she gets her own cellphone, so how do we step back responsibly?" The post Ask AF: Letting a Preteen Take the Lead in a Birth Parent Relationship appeared first on Adoptive Families ..read more
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“On Parenting from Afar”
Adoptive Families
by Shelly Roy, LCSW
3y ago
Once, I grieved the loss of a biological child. Nineteen years later, as I watch my son leap and soar (literally) into adulthood, I am at peace with my role of nurturing the many gifts built into his nature. The post “On Parenting from Afar” appeared first on Adoptive Families ..read more
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2019 Cover Photo Contest Winners
Adoptive Families
by Editorial Team
3y ago
Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Adoptive Families Cover Photo Contest! See the nine photos selected from more than 500 entries, and read stories from the proud parents. The post 2019 Cover Photo Contest Winners appeared first on Adoptive Families ..read more
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