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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a slideshow created from this 2011 Adoption Portraits series:
- 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.)
- http://www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/ is a great place to learn about U.S. foster-care adoption.
Adoption Books and Music:
- Many of our family’s favorite adoption-related books are included in this special list of Best Children’s Books About Adoption available on Amazon.
- 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)
- If you are interested in turning your child’s unique adoption story into a beautiful storybook for your family, contact Stacey Shannon at Happily Ever After Me, llc.
- 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!