Michelle Johnson, 38, adopted by white parents and raised in suburban Minneapolis, recently spoke with AF about her experiences.
What we record now about our child will help him or her later in the difficult teen task of forging a positive identity.
Many of us start out thinking we are simply adding a child to our life. But for the families featured here, the immeasurable joy they found through adoption inspired them to serve needs even greater than their own.
Deciding whether—and when—to broach the subject.
“My daughter, who was adopted internationally, has been saying she wishes she got to see her birth mother, like her close friend who has a very open adoption. What can I say to her?”
Many children in foster care have delays in conscience development. A few have no conscience. It is important that parents understand conscience development and identify ways to facilitate growth in this area.
“After my daughter told classmates that she was adopted, they responded that they ‘feel sorry’ for her. What can I do to help?”
Born in America, raised in England, and meeting her birth mother for the first time.
A study, the Early Growth and Development Study, is shedding light on open adoption attitudes and outcomes. Here are some basic findings, as well as AF poll results on families' open adoption experiences.
Near-strangers feel compelled to tell me about friends who got pregnant after adopting and say, “There’s still hope….” But I don’t hope for a biological child; I hope for a healthy relationship with my two kids.
Waiting to adopt is hard, especially when the wait stretches on for years. Real parents share the words that comforted them and got them through their waits.
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.
Parents weigh in on talking with their child's teacher and sharing resources at the start of a new school year.
After a late-summer day at the beach led to wistful new questions, this mom learned that talking about adoption with her child isn't always straightforward.
My daughter came to me at nine years old, so neither of us knows what she looked like as a baby, but walking these aisles is a way for us to recreate what we both lost.
A callous foster care system deprived her of parents and siblings and gave precious little in return.
“How do we disclose a lifelong medical condition to our child, and talk with her about lacking any information about her birth parents?”
As my daughter grows up, a typical, American kid, we are free to imagine only happy endings for the family she left behind.
As kids meet new friends—and their families—they face new questions about their past.
When parents expect the worst from their children, they often get it.