Posts in category "domestic adoption"

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 »

I Want You To Meet Your Parents

I Want You To Meet Your Parents
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. I Want You To Meet... Read more »

Open Adoption: Letter to K On Her 10th Birthday From Her Birthmother

Open Adoption: Letter to K On Her 10th Birthday From Her Birthmother
K’s birthmother sent me the following letter for K on her 10th birthday: Dear K, I can’t believe you are going to be 10 years old tomorrow.  You have grown to be such an amazing person, and while I can take some credit for your amazing genes, I give so much credit to your wonderful... Read more »
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Adoption Retrospective: Aren't You Worried That Birthmother Is Smoking During Pregnancy?

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 August 2003 We take several weekend trips to M’s town to spend time with her and make preparations for the... 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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Think “Nature vs. Nurture” no more. Marvel at the mix.

Think “Nature vs. Nurture” no more. Marvel at the mix.
This is a guest post by Jody Cantrell Dyer, author of The Eye of Adoption: The True Story of My Turbulent Wait for a Baby When my son Houston was four years old, he begged, “Mama, will you please “verse” me in ping-pong?” Since infancy, Houston had tucked himself right next to his daddy to... Read more »

My 9-yr-old is preparing for her birth family reunion this weekend

My 9-yr-old is preparing for her birth family reunion this weekend
In just a few days, I will be flying with my daughter K to visit her birthmother and her teenage brother and sister. During K’s early years, she did not have a relationship with her birth family.  But the summer before K turned 6, her birthmom called and asked if we would come for a... Read more »

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 »
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Adoption Retrospective: Babies Everywhere and Nowhere

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. May 2003 May blossomed with possibilities.  At times it felt as if babies were raining down from the sky and... Read more »