Posts in category "genetics"

Rosh Hashanah: Questioning faith and searching for answers

Rosh Hashanah and I have a complicated relationship.  To be honest, I struggle with the entirety of the High Holy Days, which is not common for a practicing Jew.  It hasn’t always been this way.  I can pinpoint exactly when I lost my faith, so to speak. It began in Rosh Hashanah of the Hebrew... Read more »

To My Last Baby On Her Last Year of Preschool

Dearest C, Today you visited your “new” preschool classroom.  I say “new” with a smile, because you have already been a student at your school for the previous two years. And before that, you were a baby who came to this school every day to drop off and pick up your big sister Annie Rose... Read more »

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 »
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Five Ways to Help Bond with an Adopted or Foster Child

Five Ways to Help Bond with an Adopted or Foster Child
The following guest post was written by Amanda Carlson, a former newborn care nurse, specifically to provide suggestions to help adoptive and foster parents bond with their new children. 1. Routines - Developing a steady routine is good for any child regardless of age. One of the most common is that of the bedtime routine.  Telling... Read more »

All Things Cultural: Guest Post by Bev O'Reilly

 All Things Cultural: Guest Post by Bev O'Reilly
By Bev O’Reilly: Our adoption story begins like many other adoptive parents.  My husband and I always knew we were going to adopt.  Neither of us can remember a specific conversation or point in time when we decided we would adopt – it was just a fact.  The question we had was whether we’d be... Read more »

One By One, My Friends’ Children Were Having Babies.

One By One, My Friends’ Children Were Having Babies.
In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is running a special series called 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 Nanci Stein “Granci” I remember... Read more »
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Opening a Can of Worms

Opening a Can of Worms
In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is running a special series called 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 Bonnie S. Schwartz: When I... Read more »

Portrait of an Adoption on NPR

Portrait of an Adoption on NPR
Today I had the pleasure of speaking on a panel for NPR.  The topic was “New Directions for the Family Tree,” described by NPR as: Family relationships are becoming more complicated as they expand to include surrogate parents, donor siblings, or birth parents. Guest host Jacki Lyden is joined by three parents who all have... Read more »

I Found Out I Was Adopted Because of Facebook

I Found Out I Was Adopted Because of Facebook
In honor of November being National Adoption Month, Portrait of an Adoption is running a special series called 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 adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents, waiting adoptive parents, and foster parents-turned-adoptive parents.  Painful... Read more »
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Why do I have to be tall with blonde hair? It's not fair.

Ahh, how strong our desire is to belong, to fit in, to be the same as those around us.  For the very youngest kids, that translates into a desire to look like their family members.  As Katie enters the tween years, she will probably age out of a desire to be just like us, but... Read more »