Category: Adoption


Our Blended Family

I’m the parent of a child I gave birth to, and a child I adopted. They are 27 and 23, respectively.

I was a veteran of fertility treatment when I entered the world of adoption. I quickly learned there was a language of adoption. People talked of “placing” a child rather than giving up a child. A “situation” was an adoption prospect,...

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Is It Possible for an Adoptive Mother to Breastfeed?

It’s a widely accepted fact that there are medical and psychological benefits to breastfeeding. Breast milk provides all the nutrition an infant needs. It provides the perfect mix of vitamins, protein and fat, and is more digestible than formula. Breast milk contains antibodies which help babies fight off viruses and bacteria, and lowers the risk of asthma and allergies, a...

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Adoption on the Brain? That's OK

Parents are parents and they think about their children all the time. Whether you've adopted or given birth, your role is one of protector, teacher, and nurturer. In this role, you see everyday life through your eyes and the eyes of your child. You manage activities, meal plans, play dates, household affairs, family, friends, and community, and are always aware...

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Actress Nia Vardalos Talks About the Pain of Infertility and Adoption Joy

Academy award nominated actress, Nia Vardalos, is best known for her role in creating and starring in the 2002 hit movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” She is also a successful screenwriter, producer and director. The sequel, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” opens March 25.

Her own Infertility Battle

Vardalos has candidly spoken in interviews about her nine years of struggl...

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What's a Second Parent Adoption?

How I hate that term - second parent - all parents should be equal.

Unfortunately, under the law, that's not the case until after the adoption finalization process.

During this process, the court finalization grants the "second" parent the same rights as the "first" parent, who is either a biological ("natural parent") or an adoptive parent, without the...

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Talking To Adopted Children about Their History

Adoptive parents often have the challenging responsibility of talking to their children about their origins, which can include a complex past. Difficulties children may have experienced can include abuse, abandonment, and birth parents with substance abuse, mental health issues or incarceration. These are hard subjects to tackle, especially when you are trying to explain them in the context of your...

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The Complexity of Rehoming

A recent story on WABC TV’s news show, 20/20, brought the concept of “adoption rehoming” into the public eye. It has created quite a firestorm. The definition of “adoption rehoming” is a family, who has adopted a child and chooses to place him or her into another home. This often occurs when an adopted child displays severe behavioral problems.

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How Adoptive Families Can Prepare for National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month and celebrates adoption, adoptees, birth and adoptive families. There are national education campaigns, governmental advocacy efforts and state Adoption Days, all focused on building and strengthening adoptive families.

For adoptive families, the focus on how they became a family has its pros and cons.

Celebrating how they were able to build or enlarge their family...

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