Category: Adoption


Family Building: Domestic Newborn Adoption and Gestational Surrogacy

by Marni Denenberg, J.D., B.A.

I started working in the family building field over ten years ago, first in the field of private, newborn infant adoption, and now in the field of gestational surrogacy. Within a few weeks of working at the surrogacy agency I received a call from a family considering both private adoption and surrogacy. They...

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Planes, Trains, and Foster Care Adoption

I travel in my job. A lot. And I adore it – or at least the work at either end of the ride. As we aggressively drive to assure that our most vulnerable children and youth have every opportunity for a safe, nurturing and permanent home, whether they are in Oregon or Vermont, Toronto or Miami, I have the opportunity to m...

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Understanding Trans Adoption – My Personal Journey

The first step toward understanding trans adoption was, for me, the awareness of how little I knew about it. Slowly, I got to understand it better through talking with adoption agency workers, attorneys and trans men and women themselves.

I became more proficient with the vocabulary of gender: I am cisgender, a person whose gender identity matches the biological sex...

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Lion

In this holiday season of bright lights, glitter and feel-good television commercials—alongside disturbing instances of domestic and international terrorism-- I find myself searching the landscape for things that are real, authentic, and positive. Things that feed the soul.

The movie, “Lion,” provides just such an experience. It is based on a true story about an Indian boy, Saroo (played by De...

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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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