Author Archives: Samantha Hines

Adoption vs. pregnancy doesn't matter when it comes to forming a loving family.

“Lessons Learned from a Failed Adoption Match”

“Lessons Learned from a Failed Adoption Match”

When friends asked, I'd always assured them I wasn't sad that I hadn't given birth to my sons. A heartbreaking false start helped me see that I was truly at peace with that fact.

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foster reunification

“Our Love Stayed with Him”

As foster parents, you hope that the love and security you offer will stay in a child’s heart. When we reconnected with a boy we fostered through two reunifications 14 years ago, we found that it had.

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Three brothers have a relationship with one's birth mother.

“Knowing Their Brother’s Birth Mother”

We knew that our youngest son's birth mother would be a powerful force in his life. We didn't anticipate the impact she'd have on his older brothers.

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One mom wonders when to address ethnicity in multiracial families.

“Should I Proclaim My Family’s Multiracial Identity?”

My son's Mexican heritage is not apparent to others. Is it my responsibility to identify ourselves as a multiracial family?

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Openness can vary in domestic adoptions.

“Why Don’t We Ever Visit My Birth Parents?”

After three domestic adoptions, we have three very different levels of openness with each of our children's birth families.

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