Archive for June 2015

What Does It Mean To Have An Open Adoption? An Interview With Lori Holden

What Does It Mean To Have An Open Adoption? An Interview With Lori Holden
Portrait of an Adoption is very excited to present this fantastic interview about open adoption with critically-acclaimed adoption author Lori Holden:  Q: Things seem to be opening up in adoption in many ways — ongoing contact with birth parents and opening birth records come to mind. Why do you think this is? LH: Just as... Read more »

Why The Supreme Court's Approval of Same-Sex Marriage Matters to Adoptive Families

Why The Supreme Court's Approval of Same-Sex Marriage Matters to Adoptive Families
Why does the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality matter to adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth parents? Because we know what it’s like to fight for the right to be viewed as a family by the rest of society.  We learned long ago what so many people are still struggling to accept: that the sanctity... Read more »

Why Inside Out Is A Must-See Movie For Adoptive Families

Why Inside Out Is A Must-See Movie For Adoptive Families
Sometimes parents are the ones that teach kids to squash their emotions.  The parents don’t want to see the fear, the pain, or the uncertainty that is clamoring for a voice.  So they keep urging the children to “just be good” and “just smile” and “go along with things” and “don’t make trouble” until .... Read more »
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Express Yourself: A Teen Girl’s Guide To Speaking Up

Express Yourself: A Teen Girl’s Guide To Speaking Up
The following is a guest post by Emily Roberts, The Guidance Girl, in honor of the release of her excellent new book, Express Yourself: A Teen Girl’s Guide To Speaking Up and Being Who You Are. “I wasn’t thinking; it’s all a blur.” This was the answer I received from not just one, but five... Read more »

Dear Barack Obama, Refugees From Myanmar Need A Place To Live

Dear Barack Obama, Refugees From Myanmar Need A Place To Live
My eight-year-old daughter pushed away the plate of eggs without even taking a bite. “I’m not in the mood for eggs,” she whined. She had asked for eggs five minutes earlier. Annoyed, I told her, “There are kids who would give anything for a fresh hot breakfast.  Kids who are starving as we speak.” Yep, I... Read more »