I might never have decided to adopt had I foreseen what was to come in other areas of my life. But when I imagine life without my daughter, I know there was no other choice.
My traditional childhood dreams gave way to an unexpected, soul-filling reality.
As my daughter grows, she slowly and sweetly puts together the facts of her birth and adoption.
Still jet-lagged from a 15-hour flight from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, then another to Shanghai and another to your province, I awoke at dawn knowing that this was the day that I would finally meet you—my baby girl.
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Jin Yu is seven now, and lately she's been telling me she wants to go and visit her nannies, the women who cared for her at the orphanage in China. Not so much for herself, she says, but for them. Because she is sure they must miss her and wonder how she's doing. I promise we will try to go. "They are going to be so surprised!" she tells me.
The results of the 2010-2011 Adoptive Families Cost and Timing of Adoption Survey.
A film portraying the lives of birth parents in China.
They'll each face different issues in their lives. But my daughters will get through them together, as real sisters.