"Connecting with a Culture"

A mother finds surprising connections between her child's cultural heritage and her own.

Twelve years passed between the moment I announced that I intended to adopt and the day I submitted my adoption application. About eight of those years were spent in pursuit of a doctorate, then searching for a job. But for another chunk of that time — at least a year — I was pursuing the possibility that I might adopt an Arab child, which, as a Lebanese American, I thought would be ideal. Adoption (except among family members) is so ...

A mother weaves a strand between her child’s Guatemalan heritage and her Arab ethnicity.

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