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.

A photo taken on Justin's adoption day

“The Day I Joined a Forever Family”

“The Day I Joined a Forever Family”

A 10-year-old recalls the day a foster family became a forever family for him and his sister.

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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Listening to adoptee voices.

Adoptees Speak Out About Adoption, Birth Parents, Race, and More

Adolescent adoptees offer first-person wisdom to fellow adoptees.

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An at-risk adoptee shares her story

“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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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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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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[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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A young adoptee from Guatemala

“I Adopted My Parents!” An Adoptee’s Story

A child adopted from Guatemala shares her thoughts on adoption and family.

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Adopting from another country can create some difficult questions for your family.

“Is That Your REAL Brother?”

A Korean adoptee shares her experience growing up in a conspicuous family.

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