Author Archives: Skila Brown

Bonding with a second baby isn't always easy

“Not Love at First Sight”

“Not Love at First Sight”

When I became the mother to two, and then three, I learned that you can't love all your children in the same way. But you can love them the same amount.

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These boys love each other, biologically related or not.

“Are Your Sons Related?”

My sons have a deep and enduring bond. So why do people need to know if they're real brothers?

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Children's Books About Adoption

[Book Review] In My Heart

Molly Bang's warm, reassuring children's book provides a tender reminder of the bond between parent and child, even when they are apart all day long. In My Heart doesn't mention adoption, but the illustrations led my son to say, "Look, Mom! He's adopted, like me!"

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Adoption Plan

“According to Our Adoption Plan”

Adopting a third child so quickly wasn't part of our initial design. But I've learned that the best things happen when you least expect them.

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How adopting out of birth order worked for our boys.

“Mixing Up Our Family’s Birth Order”

Although "expert advice" tells parents not to disrupt the birth order when adopting, reshuffling the deck gave us just the right hand.

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Adoption Documentary: A film by Barb Lee

[Movie Review] Adopted

What is life like for a person adopted internationally? Adopted digs deep into the lives of two adoptive families to find out.

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A birth parent search can take you to different places than you thought

Birth Parent Search in International Adoption

Adoptive parents around the globe are seeking their children's first families — even before these children voice an opinion on the matter. But do we know what we're doing?

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Will our adopted children get swept up in the immigration debate?

“My Boys, ‘The Immigrants'”

When my Latino sons were babies, white people on the street couldn't stop cooing over them. Lately, things have changed.

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