Rusty and Summer Page are the foster parents of six year old Lexi. Lexi became a member of their family when she was two. She had previously been in two other foster homes. The Pages also have three biological children. They live in Santa Clarita, California. Their plan was to adopt Lexi.
They are not certain what the future...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
A really good question! This age of political correctness demands us to use terms that accurately reflect the reality of the referenced situation. Hence, the uproar some years ago when adoptive parents took issue with the term "real" parent in reference to the birthparents, as if adoptive parents are... fake? Wikipedia defines "parent" without any prefix or qualifier, as "a...
It was ten years ago that my quest to have a biological child came to an end.
I had given it my all. Five rounds of IVF, three pregnancies, three miscarriages and $82,000 in non-insurance covered medical bills.
Why did I stop the biological quest?
I stopped (we stopped) because we'd had enough.
I had experienced enough emotional and physical pain,...
I'm not one of those people who swoon over actors and actresses or even follow entertainment news. However, when the marriage of Brad and Angelina was announced, I had to watch to see how the media would identify their children.
Sure as shootin' - one network mentioned their adopted children as part of the ceremony. Really? How was adoption part...
Adoption may feel complicated but if you break it down to one decision at a time, it's much more manageable. One of the most critical decisions you will make is the type of adoption professionals you will entrust to partner with on your adoption journey. Will it be an agency, an attorney, or both?
Who you work with is mostly...