After a lifetime of wondering who? and why?, an adoptee set out to find some answers. The award-winning documentary that follows her birth family search has already sparked thousands of dialogues.
Domestic adoption in the United States has undergone a seismic shift in the last 30 years. How long will it take for popular perceptions to catch up with the new, healthier reality?
Use this guide to plan a family movie night or two this season. These flicks will captivate your kids, and open up adoption talks long after the credits have rolled.
17 simple and effective ways to bring adoption into the classroom.
After 40 years, the Joint Council for International Children’s Services has shut its doors.
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.
How adoptive parents feel about the adoption storyline on NBC's Parenthood
November 1973 was when I first got lucky. I was a scrawny three-year-old sitting on a bench in a South Korean marketplace waiting for Omma to come back and take me home. My omma, my mother, had left me a tiny fistful of food that had crumbled in the three days and nights of waiting–endless hours of darkness with huge shadows and no promise of return.
The annual number of infants adopted domestically (excluding foster and relative adoption) is estimated to be around 18,000 — far greater than the annual number of international adoptions. Moreover, the process of adopting a newborn in the United States can go more swiftly than you may imagine.
Read any good adoption books, lately? we asked our readers, and got an emphatic Yes! Here are your favorite adult and children's titles published within the last year, with our picks added to the list.
Encourage discussion — and a lifelong love for reading — with these adoption-themed books.
In early 2014, President Obama signed into law the Accuracy for Adoptees act, which will help remove bureaucracy and red tape for individuals who were given inaccurate birth dates in their birth countries, and their adoptive families.
A warm, reassuring children's book provides a tender reminder of the bond between parent and child, even when they are apart all day long. by Molly Bang Little, Brown & Company $15.99, ages 3–6
A foster youth living in a group home defied the odds to become Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen.
Looking for a new read? Check out these blogs on adoption, foster care, and life after infertility.
The most recent State Department figures show that the number of foreign children adopted by United States parents declined by nine percent in 2014, bringing the number to its lowest in thirty three years – only 692 adoptions from the record low of 1982. There were 6,441 international adoptions – 653 less than in 2013.…
AF is pleased to excerpt the first chapter of Digging to America — our top pick for summer reading.
Talking to your child about the possibility of trafficking is not easy. Here's how to open the dialogue.
Betty Jean Lifton (1926-2010) was an adoption author, advocate, and close friend. I’ll miss her always.