Tag Archives: Foster Adoption

Teens Alejandro and Rosanna, adopted as older children from foster care

“Letting the 13-Year-Old Drive”

“Letting the 13-Year-Old Drive”

How do you empower a child entering his teen years in a state of defeat, powerlessness, and utter self-disregard? You give him a key and tell him to take off!

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“Anniversary”

One year after my daughter came to live with me from foster care, the memory was still too bittersweet for her. But today, two years after becoming mother and daughter, we are ready to celebrate.

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Julia Baxter with her family, including four new siblings through foster adoption, on their adoption day

“Where We All Belong”

When I was a teen, my parents decided to grow our family by adopting from foster care. How did it feel to suddenly gain four new brothers and sisters through adoption?

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"We Are All Adopted," by Veronica Chenik Gilmore

“We Are All Adopted”

From my own search for my roots through adopting older children from foster care, life has taught me to treasure my children’s biological connections while knowing that we don’t have to look alike to belong together.

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Browsing baby stores helps my adopted teen and I bond and talk about the years we missed out on as mother and daughter

“Bonding with My Teen in the Baby Department”

My daughter came to me at nine years old, so neither of us knows what she looked like as a baby, but walking these aisles is a way for us to recreate what we both lost.

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Foster Care System Problems

Listen to the Children

A callous foster care system deprived her of parents and siblings and gave precious little in return.

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A daughter curious about her birth parents

“Googling Her Birth Parents”

Would it really be possible to fill out my daughter's hazy memories by typing names into a search engine?

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Healing adoption trauma through a special birthday event

“Re-Celebrating My Daughter’s First Nine Birthdays”

My daughter's tenth birthday was the first birthday party she'd ever had. Here's how and why we decided to redo all the others.

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Attachment at each developmental stage

Bonding with Your Baby

Whether you're adopting a newborn or a toddler, learn how to enhance attachment at each developmental stage.

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A mother starting the attachment cycle with her son

25 Ways to Nurture Hurt Children

How do you nurture a child who repels nurturing? Start with these practical ideas.

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Stockings for daughter reunited with birth mother

“A Stocking Filled with Memories of our Foster Child”

We knew it was possible for the girl we were fostering to be reunited with her birth mother. But that didn't make it hurt any less.

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Talking about birth parents' drug or alcohol abuse can be tough

Explaining a Birth Parent’s Drug or Alcohol Abuse

"How can we explain birth family's drinking or drug use?" Older child adoption expert Gregory Keck, Ph.D. answers a reader's question.

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