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Worry dolls from Guatemala, where the book Mamalita takes place

[Book Excerpt] Mamalita

[Book Excerpt] Mamalita

Read a chapter of Jessica O'Dwyer's adoption memoir Mamalita.

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Coversations about birth mothers can be emotional

A Death in the Family

As children get older, they come to understand that everyone experiences loss.

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Timothy McCarty and "Tess," before she was reunited with her birth mother

“Guarding Tess” — A Father’s Story

I learned that the ultimate gift of love comes not from the receiver, but from the giver.

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White adoptive parents in a multiracial family

“Embracing Differences”

Why should I try to make my son feel 'the same'? Why shouldn’t I learn to be more like him?

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Anna's family helped her though her birth mother reunion

“A Last-Minute Birth Mother Reunion”

Heritage trips help children discover their past — and influence who they become. Here, one family describes their journey back to their child's birth country of Korea.

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Andrew Lasky returned to his birth country

“Right At Home”

Heritage trips help children discover their past — and influence who they become. Here, one adoptee describes his journey back to his birth country of Colombia.

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Post adoption depression can hit unexpectedly

After the Bliss

For many adoptive moms, post-baby depression is a real and painful ordeal. Shelley Page reports why it happens and how to feel better.

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Adopting from another country can create some difficult questions for your family.

“Is That Your REAL Brother?”

A Korean adoptee shares her experience growing up in a conspicuous family.

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A young adoptee from Guatemala

“I Adopted My Parents!” An Adoptee’s Story

A child adopted from Guatemala shares her thoughts on adoption and family.

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Talking about adoption using Superman's example

“In the Company of Heroes”

Janis Cooke Newman asks herself, "Am I overdoing this adoption thing?"

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How to manage rivalry with an adoptive sister.

“Adopting a Baby Sister”

Our preteen biological daughter felt some jealousy of the baby we adopted internationally, but, for the most part, we've all settled into our new roles.

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Marie Howe with her daughter, after adopting from China

“The Open Door”

My new child opened up my apartment — and my world — to a new group of friends.

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The Carneys' adoption finalization

“The Final Step”

A mother is surprised at her tears when, standing in a courtroom, that last bit of red tape comes unstuck.

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