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.
I know my parents were trying to protect me. But all their secrecy made me feel like something was wrong with me.
Parents of young girls can read Lost Daughters to explore how their daughter might feel as she travels through life as an adoptee.
Jiang-Stein always knew that she was adopted, but only discovered that she was born in a prison at age 12.
China's devastating one-child policy has finally ended. What does it mean for adoptees?
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.
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.
In this open adoption video, teen and young adult adoptees who grew up knowing their birth parents share their thoughts and experiences.
Everyone touched by adoption should check out these powerful memoirs, by a birth mother and an adoptee.
These nonfiction films are sure to open up dialogues about the subjects’ experiences and your family’s story long after the last frame.
Despite my parents' urging, I had always rejected my Indian identity. At 21, I learned to embrace it.
The day my mother met my birth mother.
Fantasizing about my birth parents, I never dreamed my strongest link to the past would be through a flinty grandmother.
Retracing a journey I had made 23 years earlier inspired unforeseen emotions about my past, and about one child's future.
In this excerpt from her adoption memoir, Kim Sunée describes the hunger she experienced as a child, and how food helped her bond with her adoptive family.
Infertility, parenting after adoption, growing up in an adoptive family, relinquishing a child—all give rise to complex emotions. Learn about the innovative Therapeutic Writing model that’s helping many lay bare and make sense of their innermost thoughts.
The elusive memory of a kindred spirit has steered me, over the years, toward the heart of my own story.
One adoptive mother describes her dad's decision to make her legally his daughter by stepparent adoption, and how it influenced her understanding of family.
A decade of disappointing foster care placements made me doubt the two people who had taken me into their hearts.
I looked for my birth mother everywhere. For a little while, I found her on the Space Shuttle.