In this excerpt from her candid, hilarious, inspiring adoption memoir, Jillian Lauren explains how she and her husband addressed their son’s trauma and special needs and turned things around for him at home and at school. PLUS: A Q&A with the author.
Teen and young adult adoptees who grew up in fully open adoptions discuss their relationships with their adoptive and birth families and the many benefits openness has brought them.
After a birth country visit that was too much, too soon for my seven-year-old daughter, she and a friend returned to China on their own terms as teens. The trip helped the two Chinese adoptees imagine what their lives might have been and explore their identities.
If you tell your kids racism happened a long time ago but now it’s over and use my family as an example of how we can all get along, you are not doing me any favors.
Adoption is opening your heart to a baby, then waiting six months to meet him. Adoption is worrying who rocks him at night, then just hoping someone comes when he cries.
Friends and family who don’t know much about adoption may welcome education about sensitive language, understanding attachment, and helping a child adjust. In hindsight, here’s what I wish I’d said.
After cautiously opening our hearts to a relationship and learning as we went, we’ve come to realize how much we need our child’s birth grandmother in our lives—we hope, not too late.
Dreaming of a good night’s rest? An adoption medicine expert shares sleep strategies for parents who have adopted a newborn or an older child.