Personal Stories and Advice for Adoptive Parents from Adoptees


Adult adoptees share their perspectives, stories about growing up adopted, and advice for this generation of adoptive parents raising their children.

author Rebekah Hutson, a transracial adoptee, with her mother, sister, and niece

“5 Things I Wish My White Parents Knew”

“5 Things I Wish My White Parents Knew”

Transracial adoptees often grow up knowing that their families love them, but not truly feeling included or close to them. Here’s what would have helped in raising a black child in a white family and a racist world.

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An Adoptee Explains Choosing Adoption

“I’m an Adoptee and Adoptive Parent”

My daughters and I have something important in common. We share the experience of joining a family through adoption.

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in a family that's built through open adoption and step-relatives, more love is more love

Three Stories: Unexpected Birth Family Reunions

Today, as more and more adoptees reach adulthood, they are finding birth relatives-or are being found by them. Whether a child is from the U.S., Guatemala, Russia, or China, she may one day be in touch with her first family. These stories, each detailing an unexpected family reunion, may well reflect the complexity of what is ahead.

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brothers and sisters benefit from knowing about and seeing their birth siblings after adoption

Bringing Birth Siblings Into Our Children’s Stories—and Lives

The vast majority of our children have birth siblings, yet parents may wonder how to approach the topic. Adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoptees share how they talk about biological siblings, and build brother-sister bonds.

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Af has a conversation about white parents adopting black children

Adopted and Black in Middle America

Michelle Johnson, 38, adopted by white parents and raised in suburban Minneapolis, recently spoke with AF about her experiences.

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Cover of The English American

Book Excerpt: The English American

Born in America, raised in England, and meeting her birth mother for the first time.

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Asian Stereotypes as an Adoptee

“The Wrong Kind of Asian”

I have confused and disappointed many people in my lifetime because I don't look or behave the way they think an Asian ought to look or behave.

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Foster Care System Problems

Listen to the Children

A callous foster care system deprived her of parents and siblings and gave precious little in return.

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Songs about adoption

Listen to the Musical Beat of Love

Musicians—from folk singers to rappers—are tuning in to adoption to create deeply personal reflections and hummable melodies. These songs are what you need when words aren't enough.

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Letters to birth mothers

Letters to Birth Mothers, from Wondering Hearts

Distance doesn't eliminate a desire to communicate with the birth mothers that children imagine, as these letters demonstrate.

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This family remembers birth mothers on Mother's Day

“A Mother’s Day Not About Me”

To the birth mother of my three children through adoption, wherever you are, I say thank you for allowing me to be their "other" mommy.

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A Korean adoptee

“Inside/Outside”: The Transracial Adoptee Experience

30 years later: A special report on the Korean adoptee experience

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