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A black adoptee raised by white adoptive parents

“On Becoming African American”

“On Becoming African American”

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

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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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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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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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Webinar Replay: Growing Up as a Transracial Adoptee

View the replay of this webinar with Deborah H. Johnson—on growing up as a transracial adoptee and what parents today need to know about talking about race and adoption, finding role models for their children, dealing with teasing, and more.

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[Book Review] Dear Adoptive Parents, Things You Need to Know — Right Now!

Madeleine Melcher encourages parents to support their children anyway they can.

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[Book Review] The Hundred-Year Flood

This debut novel by a Korean adoptee explores love, loss, and finding yourself across the world.

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[Book Review] Flip the Script

Lost Daughters, a collaborative writing project focused on female adoptees, has added another gem to their collection.

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[Book Review] Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted & Foster Youth

Adoptees write letters to other adoptees, exploring the unique feelings that only one who was adopted could understand.

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[Book Review] Paloma the Possible

Paloma the Possible is a heartwarming collaged book, encouraging the most common questions adoptees have.

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[Book Review] The Year She Left Us

Kathryn Ma's ambitious debut novel about a Chinese girl adopted by a Chinese-American family tackles race, identity, and "luck."

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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.

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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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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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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[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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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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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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