There's this poem I'm supposed to love. I first read it when we adopted our oldest son: Not flesh of my flesh nor bone of my bone/But still miraculously my own./Never forget, for a single minute,/You didn't grow under my heart, but in it.
Our daughter is not a public exhibit. She deserves to be protected from questions that undermine the legitimacy of our family.
I'd expected to fit in at the adoptive parents' support group. At the first meeting, however, I found I was the only mom who'd adopted domestically, who looked like her child.
When my daughter Hope started kindergarten at her progressive school here in diverse New York City, we were both taken by surprise by the persistent, direct adoption questions she faced from classmates, questions that adults would be reluctant to pose.
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.
Advice for parents from parents on how to navigate explaining adoption to the classroom during back to school season, and beyond!
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.
Parents weigh in on talking with their child's teacher and sharing resources at the start of a new school year.
A callous foster care system deprived her of parents and siblings and gave precious little in return.
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.
How can our close friends explain our domestic adoption of a five-year-old to their young children, ages three to six?
Before first grade, parents need to teach kids how to respond to unwelcome comments about adoption at school.
We’re moving to a much smaller and less diverse town. I would like to talk to give an adoption talk at her school, but she seems embarrassed by this idea.
We have emphasized that our kids should choose whether to share (or not) their adoptive status, but some of our friends don’t seem to get it and tell others.
Family members, friends, and other parents can use our adoption experiences to broaden their children’s sphere of understanding.
Adoptive parents are used to fielding questions about adoption — and most of us have an arsenal of replies to give the stranger in the checkout lane, but when it’s a family member making the rude remark, snappy comebacks don’t suffice.
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When you and your child look different, the world wants to know why.
Answers to your parenting questions.