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Will We Live Happily Ever After? 15 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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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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Summer Reading 2015

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

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Documentaries About Adoption

These nonfiction films are sure to open up dialogues about the subjects’ experiences and your family’s story long after the last frame.

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An adoptee visiting the Taj Mahal on her return to India

“Journey to Calcutta”

Despite my parents' urging, I had always rejected my Indian identity. At 21, I learned to embrace it.

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Matthew and his mother after his search was complete

“We Always Called You Jason”

Fantasizing about my birth parents, I never dreamed my strongest link to the past would be through a flinty grandmother.

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An adoptee escort and a baby from Korea

“Homeward Bound”

Retracing a journey I had made 23 years earlier inspired unforeseen emotions about my past, and about one child's future.

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Adoption Memoir

[Book Excerpt] Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home

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.

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“A Hunger for Words”

The elusive memory of a kindred spirit has steered me, over the years, toward the heart of my own story.

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One woman's story of stepparent adoption

“Family by Choice”

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.

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One teen's adoptee story of her fears on adoption day.

“Three Little Words on My Adoption Day”

A decade of disappointing foster care placements made me doubt the two people who had taken me into their hearts.

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The author's imaginary birth mom, astronaut Christa McAuliffe

“When My Birth Mom Was an Astronaut”

I looked for my birth mother everywhere. For a little while, I found her on the Space Shuttle.

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