Posts tagged "adoption"

I Would Not Give Up Until I Learned The Truth About My Life

I Would Not Give Up Until I Learned The Truth About My Life
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 James Burns This is my story. I have never told my story like this before, and I hope that it makes sense to you. The... Read more »

Rising From Loss: I Am Unwanted and Wanted

Rising From Loss: I Am Unwanted and Wanted
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 Reshma McClintock Unnamed, unwanted, and likely never seen by the woman whose body housed me for roughly seven months, I was abandoned at birth in... 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 »
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Top Ten Things I Won't Miss About Raising Kids

Oh, parenthood, sometimes you are such a chore. Here are the top ten things I won’t miss when the little birdies finally leave the nest: Cooking a healthy dinner that nobody eats. There’s nothing like spending time I don’t have preparing a healthy meal for the family, only to have the kids scream and cry... Read more »

Adoptees and Lying: Why A Child Might Be Telling Lies

“My child is always telling lies. It started at a young age and it has just gotten worse over time. Why is this happening? Is it common among adoptees? What should I do?” I frequently receive messages about adoptees that struggle with chronic lying. It’s something that is not discussed enough in adoption circles, because... Read more »

Call for Submissions for 7th Annual Series: 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days

Call for Submissions for 7th Annual Series: 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days
Welcome to Portrait of an Adoption! So happy you are here. In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, I will be running the seventh annual special series called 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days. The series is designed to give a voice to many different people with widely varying perspectives on adoption. Some... Read more »
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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 »

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 »
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For My Daughter's Birth Mother: YOU Are the Ray of Light

Her light brown hair was pulled back into a ponytail. That was the first thing I noticed about M. The differences between us were glaring; we were careworn beings from two alternate worlds, suddenly thrust together in a strange, confusing universe. If a thousand terrible factors hadn’t come together in each of our lives, we would... Read more »