Table of Contents: August 2016


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[BOOK EXCERPT] The Hundred-Year Flood

In Matthew Salesses’s poetic debut—one of the first novels written by a transracial adoptee with a transracial adoptee protagonist—a young man flees his crumbling family in America for Prague. As he finds some of the answers he’s been seeking his whole life, storms give way to a flood that slowly engulfs the city. Read an excerpt followed by a Q&A with the author. | BY MATTHEW SALESSES

Personal Essay

To Seek, But Not Find

We don’t hear much about the birth mother searches that don’t end with reunions—how do you explain that your heart is breaking for someone you’ve never known? But I am sharing my story in the hope that others may learn from my journey. | BY EMILY GREENE THORNTON

The Experts

Raising Black Children to Become Black Adults

Black parents teach their children what awaits them outside the safety of their homes. White parents who have transracially adopted Black children must do the same. | BY CHAD GOLLER-SOJOURNER


Photographs of the Birth Family

Parents share whether they have photos of their child’s birth family displayed in their homes—where, why or why not, and how they talk about them.


Higher Rates of Adoption Documented in Transgender Youth

LGBT Parents Very Open to Openness

Intercountry Adoption News Updates, August 2016




2016 Kids & Pets Photo Contest Winners

Thank You to This Issue’s Sponsors:

Adoption by Shepherd Care
Bethany Christian Services
Children’s Connections Inc.
National Background Check

Adoptions from the Heart
Texas Children’s Hospital

Dr. Jane Aronson
Jerri Ann Jenista, M.D.
Ellyn J. Bullock, Solberg & Bullock, LLC
Jennifer Fairfax, Family Formation Law Offices


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