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.

An adoptee thinks about her first mother and the fact that her parents never judged her birth parents

“My Parents Never Judged My First Mother”

“My Parents Never Judged My First Mother”

With her swollen belly, my classmate reminded me of my own first mother. People expected her to be ashamed, but I wondered, how can someone be ashamed of the mother without also being ashamed of the baby?

An adopted girl with her family.

“What ‘Real’ Means to Me” – An Adoptee’s Story

Being asked who your "real parents" are is part of being an adoptee. Even though I know now what parenting means, those four letters still make me cringe.

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An adoptee who was born in a prison, exposed to subtances, shares her story of beating the odds

“Beating the Odds”

My prison birth could have set me up for a life of failure. But the love of my families has led me to one of resilience and hope.

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Strong relationships in adoptive families

“Growing Up Feeling ‘Chosen'”

Children's understandings of and personal fantasies about their adoption stories may differ from what you tell them. My version saw my parents wandering the aisles of "Baby Market."

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Cover of Identical Strangers

[Book Review] Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited

A memoir coauthored by reunited twins explores essential questions of identity.

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