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Three adult adoptee stories

“In Our Own Words”: Three Adoptees’ Stories

“In Our Own Words”: Three Adoptees’ Stories

Stop wondering how your child feels about adoption and start listening to the many adult adoptees who are sharing their experiences.

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“I Want to Be Myself”

Putting together all her pieces — Chinese, Jewish, American, Israeli — made this adoptee realize that she was more than the sum of her parts.

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Three adult adoptee stories

“Did You Ever Mind It?”: On Race and Adoption

I tell prospective adoptive parents to take a good, hard look at their social circles, their neighborhoods, their churches, their communities and think about how those places and spaces will look and feel to their child.

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Adoptees through same race adoption talk about explaining physical dissimilarities

“Where Did You Get Those Dimples?”

Even among same-race families physical differences can prompt curious questions. How did you handle it?

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Angela Tucker writes about common reactions to adoptees who search for birth parents

Are Adoptees Selfish For Wanting To Search?

Finding my birth family has never been an attempt to replace anyone else, but simply an effort to find myself, a desire my adoptive family understands.

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Questions for My Birth Mother in the Prison Where I was Born

“Prison Baby”

In this personal essay, one adoptee describes all the questions she wanted to ask her birth mother when she visited her birth country: a jail.

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“The Day I Joined a Forever Family”

A 10-year-old recalls the day a foster family became a forever family for him and his sister.

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“What ‘Real’ Means to Me” – An Adoptee’s Story

Being asked who your "real parents" are is part of being an adoptee. Even though I know now what parenting means, those four letters still make me cringe.

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Listening to adoptee voices.

Adoptees Speak Out About Adoption, Birth Parents, Race, and More

Adolescent adoptees offer first-person wisdom to fellow adoptees.

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An adoptee who was born in a prison, exposed to subtances, shares her story of beating the odds

“Beating the Odds”

My prison birth could have set me up for a life of failure. But the love of my families has led me to one of resilience and hope.

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Strong relationships in adoptive families

“Growing Up Feeling ‘Chosen'”

Children's understandings of and personal fantasies about their adoption stories may differ from what you tell them. My version saw my parents wandering the aisles of "Baby Market."

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Building Identity: “Who Can I Be?”

From workshops and playshops to heritage travel and adoptee camps — there are tons of way to teach your kid about their culture!

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[Book Review] The English American

Alison Larkin's semi-autobiographical novel centers on an adoptee — raised in England, but born in America. Read the review, here.

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[Book Review] In Their Own Voices

In this collection of candid interviews, adoptees shed light on the complex and controversial topic of transracial adoption by sharing their own experiences.

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Adopting from another country can create some difficult questions for your family.

“Is That Your REAL Brother?”

A Korean adoptee shares her experience growing up in a conspicuous family.

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