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.
Even though my husband couldn't stay with me to foster our daughter in Guatemala, I was never short on parenting help.
My son's story started before I met him. His pre-adoption prologue is one I may never know. But of this I am sure: Mateo was born to be my son.
For many parents who adopted children internationally, a birth mother relationship is uncharted territory.
Read a chapter of Jessica O'Dwyer's adoption memoir Mamalita.