As a teen, your child still needs and wants you to be a strong parent—not in a controlling fashion, but as a reliable authority in his or her life. A family therapist (and adult adoptee) discusses 10 ways to establish yourself in this role. | BY KATIE NAFTZGER, LICSW
Personal Essays – Our Stories
In these paired essays, a birth mother and the mother who adopted her twins share their experiences.
After struggling to parent my twin daughters for ten months, I sadly realized I couldn’t provide them with the stable life I’d envisioned. | BY BRANDY STEIN
I may not remember when I first knew I wanted to be a mother, but the moments leading up to and the first time I saw my daughters are indelibly etched in my memory. | BY LAKSHMI IYER
Personal Essay – At Home
“My greatest joy, becoming a mother, happened because both of my children lost the one person no child should have to lose.” As her oldest child navigates the teen years, a mother looks back and expresses her deep gratitude to both her children’s birth mothers for the joys and challenges alike. | BY SHELLY ROY
The Experts: Adoption Law
When you adopt a child from a different state, you’ll need approval under the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children before traveling home. Here’s what you need to know about this process. | BY PETER J. WIERNICKI, ESQ.
Parents in open adoptions share whether they have a post-adoption contact agreement with their child’s birth parents and, if so, what it includes.