Posts in category "adoption agency"

Top Adoption Books and Resources: A Not-To-Be-Missed List of Recommendations

Portrait of an Adoption’s Top Recommended Adoption Books and Additional Resources In this list, you will find a wide variety of nonfiction books representing diverse views and perspectives on adoption – similar in style to my blog’s acclaimed annual series, 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days – with different titles geared toward adoptees, adoptive parents,... Read more »

My Child Was Created in Love, and I Always Want Her To Feel Loved

My Child Was Created in Love, and I Always Want Her To Feel Loved
In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is hosting the third annual acclaimed series, 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days.  Designed to give a voice to the many different perspectives of adoption, this series will feature guest posts by people with widely varying experiences. My Child Was Created In... Read more »

You Can Call Me Anti-Adoption If You Must

You Can Call Me Anti-Adoption If You Must
In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is hosting the third annual acclaimed series, 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days.  Designed to give a voice to the many different perspectives of adoption, this series will feature guest posts by people with widely varying experiences.  Today’s guest post was written... Read more »
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New Donaldson Report Calls for Adoption Competency Training Among Mental Health Professionals

Several days ago, my colleague Adam Pertman, the Executive Director of the Donaldson Adoption Institute, sent me an advance link to the Institute’s new report, “A Need to Know: Enhancing Adoption Competence among Mental Health Professionals.” Adam Pertman and the Donaldson Adoption Institute are embarking on an “intensive  sustained effort to distribute the report to... Read more »

After Many False Starts, We Finally Meet Our Birthmother!

After Many False Starts, We Finally Meet Our Birthmother!
It has been ten years since we began our adoption journey.  In honor of the passing of time, I will be publishing one post each month in 2013 that reflects on our lives in 2003. July 2003: It is a Thursday night, which means my best friend Debby is hanging out with me at our... Read more »

Adoption Retrospective Ten Years Later: The Dream Birthmother

It has been ten years since we began our adoption journey.  In honor of the passing of time, I will be publishing one post each month in 2013 that reflects on our lives in 2003. June 2003 It is June 1st.  A quiet night.  I am in the kitchen when the baby cell phone rings.... Read more »
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What Would Have Happened to Me if You Didn’t Adopt Me?

What Would Have Happened to Me if You Didn’t Adopt Me?
Several months ago, I was driving my 9-yr-old to one of her ten zillion activities, and we were listening to the soundtrack from the Broadway musical Annie.  K asked me why Annie lived in an orphanage, and I answered that her parents died in a car wreck. “But for most of the movie, Annie thinks... Read more »

Adoption Retrospective Ten Years Later: The First Birthmother

Adoption Retrospective Ten Years Later: The First Birthmother
It has been ten years since we began our adoption journey.  In honor of the passing of time, I will be publishing one post each month in 2013 that reflects on our lives in 2003. Please read the January, 2003 post and the February, 2003 Post. Motivated.  That’s what we were. Everyone approaches the adoption... Read more »

Adoption Retrospective Ten Years Later: Paperwork and Profiles

Adoption Retrospective Ten Years Later: Paperwork and Profiles
It has been ten years since we began our adoption journey.  In honor of the passing of time, I will be publishing one post each month in 2013 that reflects on our lives in 2003. Please read the January, 2003 post. February 2003 The autopsy on baby Matthew is inconclusive as to which exact kidney... Read more »
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A First Mother’s Agony, Part Three: How Grief Turned into Anger

A First Mother’s Agony, Part Three: How Grief Turned into Anger
This is the third part of a 3-part series written by guest poster Casey Anderson.  (Please see Part 1, which also includes an introduction to this miniseries, and Part 2.) By Casey Anderson It was an ordinary day until 4:53 pm.  Conference calls and meetings, homework assignments and mulling over dinner.  I booted my computer... Read more »