Wrap-up of the 2011 Adoption Portraits guest series

Wrap-up of the 2011 Adoption Portraits guest series

Throughout the month of November (plus one more on December 1st), Portrait of an Adoption hosted a series of guest posts featuring adoption stories from many different viewpoints.  If you have not had a chance to enjoy the stories, click here to link to them.

We heard from many of you in the adoption world: birth mothers, adoptive mothers, adoptive fathers, and adoptees.  Some of you are at peace, but not all.  Others of you are tormented by questions and what-ifs.  Some of you have questions that may never be answered, and the only peace to be found comes from telling your story.

Your stories did not lack listeners.  To date, there have been over 125,000 page views of the Adoption Portraits series, and this doesn’t account for all the people who will stumble upon it going forward.

Your stories brought a community together.  I noticed with joy that you commented on each other’s stories, that you offered support and comfort for each other’s grief and heartfelt congratulations on each other’s successes.

THIS is what the Internet should be about.

Due to the lovely response to this series, I will continue to feature a guest post each month on Portrait of an Adoption going forward.  If you would like to submit your story for consideration, please email it to me at portraitofanadoption@gmail.com.

Here is a slideshow created from this 2011 Adoption Portraits series:


Adoption References:

  • www.adoption.org; www.adopting.org and www.adoption.com are good places to start if you are interesting in learning more about pretty much anything adoption-related (i.e. searching for your birth family, learning adoption laws in your state, placing your baby for adoption, finding an adoption agency, etc.)

Adoption Books and Music:

  • Additionally, we love Sam’s Sister by Juliet Bond  (a children’s story from the point of view of a little girl whose mother places a baby for adoption)
  • Our favorite CD of adoption songs is called Same Same by Chuck Kent.   I always smile and cry when I listen to the song Tell Me the Story Again.  I remember dancing through our kitchen, holding Katie in my arms at long last, singing that song to her.

Thank you to all of our guest posters for your honest and heartfelt words.  Thank you to all of the readers who wrote supportive comments, sent me private emails, and provided an audience for the series.  It was spectacular!


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    Beautiful slide show! Thank you for an informative, and heartfelt, month of sharing. I was touched by every single story, and hope that this month helped all who contributed.

  • In reply to angelbuttons77:

    Thank you so much for reading and commenting on the stories! The guest posters and I really appreciate it!

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    Thank you, Carrie, for giving us this column/forum and being so great. :-)

  • You are welcome, Chris, and I am so glad you are part of the community!

  • Being a player in an adoption story, it is easy to become so focused on your own perspective that you cannot imagine the huge world of additional perspectives out there. This series really drove home those additional perspectives, coming once a day, every day, for 31 days, fast and furious! I am grateful to have become so enlightened by it.

  • In reply to jiyer:

    I, too, learned a lot from reading other people's stories. It was a true lesson in empathy. Thanks for reading and commenting on the series!

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    Thanks, Carrie, for making my November amazing. I looked forward to reading these each day, and I know that I will revisit them from time to time. Thank you, too, to all of the contributors. I'm proud to be part of such a fantastic, supportive community.

  • In reply to Merrin Donahue:

    Merrin, I am so glad you were part of the series and that you enjoyed everyone else's writing so much! Thank you!

  • I have connection with adoption (other then knowing people who are adopted), but I have so enjoyed reading everyone's stories. They have touched me and I thank you all for being so willing to share such an important part of your lives with so many others.

  • In reply to Ivy16:

    That should have read that I have no connection with adoption, not having any personal experience myself.

  • In reply to Ivy16:

    Thanks so much for reading the series, Ivy. I think it is very important for people who have not experienced adoption firsthand to read about it!

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