Category: adoption

Our Belief in the Myth of Adoption-As-Fairy-Tale Had Long Ago Exploded.

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.  Our belief in the myth of adoption-as-fairy-tale had long ago exploded. By Gayle Swift For a few weeks, I watched my abdomen swell. I was fifteen-years-old,... Read more »

Adoption Didn't Make Me Weird; It Made Me Wonderful

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.  Adoption Didn’t Make Me Weird; It Made Me Wonderful. By Beth Roper Stewart I’ve never been embarrassed or ashamed to say that I am adopted. My... Read more »

Portrait of a Family

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.  Portrait of a Family By Carlotta, Bob, and Moriah Levy She Is My Daughter by Carlotta Levy I’ll start by telling you a story about a... Read more »
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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 »