Category: adoption therapist

No Justification Needed To Keep Her Own Baby

In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is hosting the fifth 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. By Carrie Goldman It was... Read more »

The Adoption Story Nobody Talks About

In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is hosting the fifth 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.   By Anonymous We hoped... Read more »

Using Harry Potter To Tell An Adoptee The Harder Parts of Her Story

Using Harry Potter To Tell An Adoptee The Harder Parts of Her Story
Next weekend, I am taking my almost-twelve-year-old daughter to visit her birthmother, brother and sister. Up until now, the annual reunions have had a single goal: spend time together in a fun environment. We eat at casual family restaurants, swim in the hotel pool, attend museums and movies, and generally hang out. During these visits,... Read more »
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Playing Behind The Scenes: Life As A Single Adoptive Father

Playing Behind The Scenes: Life As A Single Adoptive Father
In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is hosting the fourth 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.  By Gary Matloff I thought... Read more »

These two children were the reason God saved my life that fateful night.

These two children were the reason God saved my life that fateful night.
In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is hosting the fourth 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.  By Ann Cser  December 8,... Read more »

Recommended Children’s Adoption Book: ABC, Adoption & Me

Recommended Children’s Adoption Book: ABC, Adoption & Me
Several months ago, I sat down on the couch with my girls to read a new children’s adoption book, ABC, Adoption & Me.  It is written in the simple style of an ABC definition book, but the concepts contain a depth than is not often found in a children’s adoption book.  All three of my... Read more »
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How Superman Pajamas Are a Metaphor for Adoption

My dearest K, Last night, as an early birthday present, Daddy gave you a new pair of Superman pajamas. You already had a Captain American nightgown that I bought for you at San Diego Comic-Con, and of course you have your beloved Star Wars jammies, but the rest of the family has accumulated Superman jammies... Read more »

Where Postpartum Depression Meets Adoption: Looking Beyond Hormones in Maternal Mental Illness

Several days ago, I read, reread and then read again the New York Times article Thinking of Ways to Harm Her, the first of a two-part series about women and maternal mental illness, with a focus on postpartum depression. In this excellent article, which explores both antenatal and postpartum depression, Pam Belluck reports: A complex interplay of... Read more »

Rescuing Julia Twice is a compelling new memoir about adoption and RAD

Rescuing Julia Twice is a compelling new memoir about adoption and RAD
Journalist Tina Traster has written Rescuing Julia Twice,  a candid and poignant memoir about adopting a baby from a Siberian orphanage and slowly coming to terms with the realization that the child has Reactive Attachment Disorder.  The following excerpt is being run with permission from Tina Traster: Chapter 21 of Rescuing Julia Twice My hands... 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 »