My daughters and I have something important in common. We share the experience of joining a family through adoption.
Today, as more and more adoptees reach adulthood, they are finding birth relatives-or are being found by them. Whether a child is from the U.S., Guatemala, Russia, or China, she may one day be in touch with her first family. These stories, each detailing an unexpected family reunion, may well reflect the complexity of what is ahead.
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. Read on for 10 ways to establish yourself in this role.
For a mom who was adopted as an infant, the realization that her children look like her takes on special meaning.
Michelle Johnson, 38, adopted by white parents and raised in suburban Minneapolis, recently spoke with AF about her experiences.
I have confused and disappointed many people in my lifetime because I don't look or behave the way they think an Asian ought to look or behave.
A callous foster care system deprived her of parents and siblings and gave precious little in return.
A 13-year-old shares his adoption story.
An adult adoptee discusses ‘the Talk’—what white parents who adopt Black children must tell them about racism, interacting with the police, and staying safe.
A Korean adult adoptee shares what motivated her to search for her birth mother—and the feelings she grappled with when she was unable to find her.
This poetic novel features a transracial adoptee protagonist as he explores his identity and seeks answers about his past in an unfamiliar city. Accompanying the excerpt is a Q&A with the author, Matthew Salesses.
Distance doesn't eliminate a desire to communicate with the birth mothers that children imagine, as these letters demonstrate.
To the birth mother of my three children through adoption, wherever you are, I say thank you for allowing me to be their "other" mommy.
30 years later: A special report on the Korean adoptee experience
Our society has gotten to the point where most people can agree that overt racism is wrong. Few would argue that segregation or using a racial slur is acceptable. But many more subtle forms of racism persist. Here's how to combat them.
People kept taking us, a threesome of foster kids, into their homes. But we never stuck.
After a lifetime of wondering who? and why?, an adoptee set out to find some answers. The award-winning documentary that follows her birth family search has already sparked thousands of dialogues.
Raised in a white community, I've just begun to embrace my heritage.
The museum view of culture and heritage ignores the realities of life as a racial minority. But there is a middle ground.
Teen and young adult adoptees who grew up in fully open adoptions talk about their relationships with their birth parents and adoptive parents and the many benefits openness has brought them.