Tag Archives: Blended Families

Elizabeth Curry with some of her children featured in May M. Tchao's documentary Hayden and Her Family.

“It Takes No Special Power to Love a Child”

“It Takes No Special Power to Love a Child”

As she anticipates the release of her documentary Hayden & Her Family, the filmmaker reconnects with the mother of 12 she profiled to discuss special needs adoption, parenting outside “normal” boundaries, and how loving a child changes you.

A Mother's Day Card reminds a mom of the dichotomy of adoptive motherhood and her children's birth mother

“Motherhood, Cleaved.”

My love for my youngest child, who was born to me, takes a different timbre from my love for my twins through adoption. Accepting this helps me understand the inimitable bond they share with their birth mother, and the ache she must feel.

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plant growing hearts, as parents grow new hearts to bond with each new child

“What If?”

What if I don’t love this child the same as I love the others? This question is probably every pre-adoptive parent’s most secret worry. Here are the words that reassured me.

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Refugee adoption

Refugee Adoption: A Whole New World for Our Daughters

Although the adoption of refugee children was more complicated than I expected, it has been infinitely rewarding. These children and their past are now part of me.

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Cross-cultural adoption creates loving families

Parenting Strategies for Blended Families

When your family includes biological and adopted children, how do you make sure everyone feels included?

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An adopted child considers his family tree

A Forest of Family Trees

Inclusive assignments help your grade-schooler, as well as her classmates, learn about their lives and the world around them.

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Nontraditional families are everywhere

“Raising California”

Families are forming in all sorts of ways, in a rainbow of colors, and my son through adoption is growing up right in the middle of all of it.

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One child brought through adoptive motherhood, one through biological motherhood

“True Love, Times Two”

I used to wonder whether my love for my son would be more intense if I'd given birth to him. Having a biological child validated the depth of my feelings the first time around.

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A new sibling through older child adoptionmay change the family dynamic

When the New Brother or Sister Is Not a Baby

When a sibling arrives at an older age or with emotional challenges, everyone will benefit from realistic expectations — and patience.

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Making the choice to adopt an older child created a family

“Parenting a Child Who Was Terrified of Love”

When you adopt an older child who pushes you away in anger, you learn a different way to parent, to give love without immediately receiving it in return.

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[Book Review] Three More Words

Published nearly ten years after her debut memoir, Three More Words offers a closer look at Ashley Rhodes-Courter's tumultuous journey through foster care.

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Two parents realizing adoption was the perfect way to form their family

Parent-to-Parent: Deciding to Adopt

When did you know adoption was in your future? AF readers reflect.

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A woman at an airport, adopting while pregnant

“Through the Glass”

When people learned I was pregnant, they were surprised that I was still planning to adopt.

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Blended family

“Bonding with My Daughters Over Pink Nail Polish”

My first 19 years of parenting were spent learning the scientific names of dinosaurs and organizing a bug collection. Was I ready to parent preteen girls?

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