Posts in category "International 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 »

The STUCK Documentary Tour: Getting Kids Into Families

The STUCK Documentary Tour: Getting Kids Into Families
When Craig Juntunen was 51 years old, he and his wife adopted three kids from Haiti.  “I never thought I would be a dad,” he told me.  “I retired at age 42.  There was a lot of golf in my life, and I thought that would be it.  But then we adopted these kids, and... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

Stop Asking Adopted Kids If We Want To Find Our Real Parents.

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 Marianna Everyone looks at a... Read more »

A Letter to My Son's Birth Mother

A Letter to My Son's Birth Mother
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 Merrin Donahue I wrote the... Read more »
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Lessons Learned from An Imaginary Redhead.

Lessons Learned from An Imaginary Redhead.
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 people with widely varying experiences. By Elisabeth O’Toole Not long after I... Read more »

Call for Submissions: 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days

Last year, I ran a special series on my blog called 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days, and I invited people to submit their own personal essays about how adoption has affected them.  The result was an astonishingly beautiful series with brave, honest essays by adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents, foster parents, and waiting adoptive parents.... Read more »

Flying to China to Adopt in the Wake of 9/11 – Guest Post by Janice Cody

This is a guest post by Janice Cody: “For me, adoption is a global issue.  In making our decision to adopt, we took into consideration issues that were affecting adoption in the United States, the Soviet Block countries, Latin America, and Asia.  We had not considered US relations with the Middle East as a factor,... Read more »
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How to Bring Friends and Family "In On It" When You Are Adopting

How to Bring Friends and Family "In On It" When You Are Adopting
Elizabeth O’Toole and her husband have adopted all three of their children, ages nine, seven and five.  During the adoption process, especially as they were preparing to adopt their first child, O’Toole spent a lot of time explaining things to her closest circle of family and friends. Explaining why they were adopting, explaining how they... Read more »