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A Korean adoptee

“Inside/Outside”: The Transracial Adoptee Experience

“Inside/Outside”: The Transracial Adoptee Experience

30 years later: A special report on the Korean adoptee experience

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Adoptee as a teen with her birth mother and siblings (left) and her adoptive parents (right).

Adoptees on Open Adoption: “I Have All My Pieces”

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.

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Melissa and Maya Ludtke at the Xiaxi market in 2004, the trip that inspired Touching Home in China

Two Adoptees on Going “Home” to China, Again

After a birth country visit to China that was too much, too soon for my seven-year-old daughter, she and a friend returned on their own terms as teens. The trip helped them imagine what their lives might have been and explore their Chinese-American identities.

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adoptees on adoption

Will We Live Happily Ever After? 15 Adoptees on Adoption

My experience is that families are families, period. It doesn’t matter if the people in the family share DNA. It doesn’t matter if kids have come from their mother’s bodies or not. Kids are kids, and parents are parents.

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Microaggressions can add up over time

Responding to “Invisible” Racism

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.

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A child wishing her parents had told her the truth about adoption

“The Power of Truth”

I know my parents were trying to protect me. But all their secrecy made me feel like something was wrong with me.

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Adopting an older child can be rewarding

“What We Wish We Had Known” – Older Child Adoption

A mom and her daughter share lessons learned about older child adoption.

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This family remembers birth mothers on Mother's Day

“A Mother’s Day Not About Me”

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.

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A black adoptee raised by white adoptive parents

“On Becoming African American”

Raised in a white community, I've just begun to embrace my heritage.

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Confident older adoptees, like the women depicted in Lost Daughters

[Book Review] Lost Daughters

Parents of young girls can read Lost Daughters to explore how their daughter might feel as she travels through life as an adoptee.

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Celebrating birth culture is important in transracial adoption

“Do Fan Dances and Tea Ceremonies Really Teach Us Anything?”

The museum view of culture and heritage ignores the realities of life as a racial minority. But there is a middle ground.

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Growing up in foster care meant moving a lot

“Hand-Me-Downs: Growing Up in Foster Care”

People kept taking us, a threesome of foster kids, into their homes. But we never stuck.

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A film about birth family search.

Q&A: Bryan and Angela Tucker of Closure

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.

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Barbed wire, symbolizing the book Prison Baby

[Book Review] Prison Baby

Jiang-Stein always knew that she was adopted, but only discovered that she was born in a prison at age 12.

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Gates in Beijing, shown when China ends one-child policy

China Ends One-Child Policy, Adoptees React

China's devastating one-child policy has finally ended. What does it mean for adoptees?

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An adoptee and her family, wondering if she should play the adoption card in a college essay

“Should I Play the ‘Adoption Card’?”

I began to have second thoughts about sharing my story in application essays — just as it’s no one else’s business, it shouldn’t factor into a college’s decision to accept me.

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best adoption memoirs

Readers’ Favorite Adoption Memoirs

Once again, we turned to the Adoptive Families community to compile our Fifth Annual Best Adoption Books List. Hundreds of you recommended your favorite adoption memoirs on Adoptive Families Circle. These favorites reached the top of the list.

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Image of one of the adoption memoirs available to read this summer

Summer Reading 2015

Everyone touched by adoption should check out these powerful memoirs, by a birth mother and an adoptee.

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