"Nine Belated Birthdays"

We adopted a nine-year-old girl who had never had a birthday party. When she turned 10, we decided to redo all the others to create happy memories with our family for her early years.

Healing adoption trauma through a special birthday event
My daughter was nine years old when my husband and I adopted her. She was abused and neglected during her first four years, and then bounced around foster care for the next five. She'd lived in 12 homes before ours. Amazingly, she was still willing to give trusting and loving us a shot. It was — and still is — hard work for all three of us, but she's attached. We're a family. We love each other. We're her parents ...

My daughter’s tenth birthday was the first birthday party she’d ever had. Here’s how and why we decided to redo all the others.

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