Category: adoption

The Power of Narrative: Making Sense of Your Adoption Story - March 15th

Learn how your (or your child’s) origin story is different from a birth history. Often, our origin stories take place over many years as we learn to grow comfortable in our own skin and identify our place in the world. Project Esther: The Chicago Jewish Adoption Network of Jewish Child & Family Services is pleased to... Read more »

A Nine-Year-Old Transracial Adoptee Shares Her Insights and Wisdom

Welcome to 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days, hosted by Portrait of an Adoption. This series will feature guest posts by people with widely varying adoption experiences and perspectives. An Interview With A Nine-Year-Old Transracial Adoptee Portrait of an Adoption: “How old are you?” Kim: “I’m nine. I’m in the fourth grade.” Portrait: “What is one of... Read more »

A Family Meant To Be

Welcome to 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days, hosted by Portrait of an Adoption. This series will feature guest posts by people with widely varying adoption experiences and perspectives. By Lindsey Gad The Jewish people are a superstitious bunch. We spit three times at good news or bad, to ward off the Evil Eye. We... Read more »
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What Adoption Means To Me

Welcome to 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days, hosted by Portrait of an Adoption. This series will feature guest posts by people with widely varying adoption experiences and perspectives. By Paige Strickland It is easy to figure out what adoption does NOT mean to me. It’s a great challenge to think about what it does... Read more »

Reconciling Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur: When Your Baby Is Not Inscribed in the Book of Life

I began fasting for Yom Kippur at age eleven. Every year, no matter what, I abstained from food and water from sundown to sundown on the Jewish Day of Atonement. The High Holy Days begin with Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year – and they culminate ten days later with Yom Kippur. Ever since... Read more »

Why You Should Award A College Scholarship To My Daughter's Birthmother

June 15, 2017 Dear Scholarship Committee, I first met M fourteen years ago on a hot, sunny July day. We were both young but not naïve, and we shared nothing except a recent history of trauma and grief. What struck me about M was how few supports she had — no financial safety net, no... Read more »
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Boss Baby: Hard For Those Who Have Lost a Baby and For Foster Kids

I went with my husband and kids to see Boss Baby yesterday. My girls were very excited to see the movie, oohing and aahing about how adorable the baby was. There were many funny moments, and it was ultimately very sweet, but I wish I had known a little more about the movie before I... Read more »

Preparing to Watch "This Is Us" Finale

My husband and I have been watching This Is Us with our thirteen-year-old daughter. It is not an easy show to watch. Like the parents on the show — Jack and Rebecca — my husband and I have two biological children and one child through adoption. Our thirteen-year-old was adopted as a baby – not... Read more »

A Letter To My Daughter On Her Bat Mitzvah: On Adoption and Belonging

My dearest K, Almost thirteen years ago exactly, we held your baby naming. In fact, Cantor Howard, who is standing beside us today, was there on that occasion. You were five months old and had very recently joined our family. At that ceremony, as I held you in my joyful arms, I recited the following opening... Read more »
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How Adoption Is A Metaphor For Refugees

How Adoption Is A Metaphor For Refugees
This morning, I was talking with my thirteen-year-old about how a ban on refugees is a metaphor for a ban on adoptions, particularly adoptions from foster care. “How was I like a refugee?” my daughter asked. “Do you think you wanted to leave your first home?” I asked her. “No,” she answered. “You had to... Read more »