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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’?”

“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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A grandfather and granddaughter, holding hands

“Journey Towards Love: Mimi and her Grandfather”

For months a mother tried to convince her dad that he could be a grandparent to the little girl she was bringing home. It took the child considerably less time to bring him around.

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Hot dogs on a picnic table, representing the author's first summer as a mom

“My Endless Summer of Waiting”

This was to have been my first summer as a mom. Instead, we're waiting for the clearing of one final hurdle.

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Summer camp in New Mexico, where an adopted girl could spend time recovering from trauma

“Pocket Rocks”

A mother shares the story of her daughter's growth (who was once deemed "too small to fight for her needs") at summer camp.

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Balloons representing the author's memories with her adopted daughter

“My Clutter, Myself”

Visitors to our apartment might see a mess, but I see the stories that bound me irretrievably to my daughter. Most of the time.

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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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Parents and child planning a heritage trip

Back to the Land: Planning a Rewarding Heritage Trip

Sometimes adopted children need to go back to their birthplaces to learn more about themselves.

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first sleepover party for the preteen only child of a single parent

“Losing Sleep”

As my daughter discovers the brave new world of sleepovers, she and I are both missing out on some shut-eye.

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Life as an older, single adoptive mother

“The View from Here”

As I see it now, my golden years are likely to be filled with pet doggies and boxed mac and cheese. And I can’t imagine anything better.

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“Emotional Armor”

I'd like to shield her from life's unhappiness, but my daughter's spirit needs to lead her.

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A door representing a girl's teen years

“When Did My Little Girl Grow Up?”

My daughter is still very much a little girl. But with every passing week, it’s getting frighteningly easier to imagine her teen years.

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