I know my parents were trying to protect me. But all their secrecy made me feel like something was wrong with me.
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.
Parents of young girls can read Lost Daughters to explore how their daughter might feel as she travels through life as an adoptee.
Jiang-Stein always knew that she was adopted, but only discovered that she was born in a prison at age 12.
I began to have second thoughts about sharing my story in application essays — just as it’s no one else’s business, it shouldn’t factor into a college’s decision to accept me.
In this open adoption video, teen and young adult adoptees who grew up knowing their birth parents share their thoughts and experiences.
Being adopted, I have found, means being familiar with many different kinds of love, many varieties of connection. It’s a roller-coaster of sorts. There’s an immense amount of gratitude; yet an overarching sense of loss persists, and permeates every interaction, every decision, and every relationship.
Despite my parents' urging, I had always rejected my Indian identity. At 21, I learned to embrace it.
In this excerpt from her adoption memoir, Kim Sunée describes the hunger she experienced as a child, and how food helped her bond with her adoptive family.
Infertility, parenting after adoption, growing up in an adoptive family, relinquishing a child—all give rise to complex emotions. Learn about the innovative Therapeutic Writing model that’s helping many lay bare and make sense of their innermost thoughts.
The elusive memory of a kindred spirit has steered me, over the years, toward the heart of my own story.
One adoptive mother describes her dad's decision to make her legally his daughter by stepparent adoption, and how it influenced her understanding of family.
A decade of disappointing foster care placements made me doubt the two people who had taken me into their hearts.
I looked for my birth mother everywhere. For a little while, I found her on the Space Shuttle.
Stop wondering how your child feels about adoption and start listening to the many adult adoptees who are sharing their experiences.
I tell prospective adoptive parents to take a good, hard look at their social circles, their neighborhoods, their churches, their communities and think about how those places and spaces will look and feel to their child.
Even among same-race families physical differences can prompt curious questions. How did you handle it?
Finding my birth family has never been an attempt to replace anyone else, but simply an effort to find myself, a desire my adoptive family understands.
In this personal essay, one adoptee describes all the questions she wanted to ask her birth mother when she visited her birth country: a jail.
An adoptee's letter to prospective parents lets them know what their children might be thinking.
A 10-year-old recalls the day a foster family became a forever family for him and his sister.