Tag: trauma

My Daughter, the Stranger

By John Brooks 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.  My Daughter, The Stranger I caught myself grinding my teeth, thinking of my dad’s mantra, “Hope for the best, plan for the worst,”... Read more »

I Bend But Do Not Break

I Bend But Do Not Break
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.  I Bend But Do Not Break By Fran Dichner Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run... Read more »

Bearing Witness as a Jew and Adoptive Mom to Children Detained in Camps

Bearing Witness as a Jew and Adoptive Mom to Children Detained in Camps
My fifteen-year-old daughter is living in Mexico this summer as part of a study abroad program run by a global organization called CIEE. Our teenager is staying with an abuela named Lidia who opened her home and her heart to our American high school student. Last weekend, one of Lidia’s grandchildren had her first communion,... Read more »
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Express Yourself: A Teen Girl’s Guide To Speaking Up

Express Yourself: A Teen Girl’s Guide To Speaking Up
The following is a guest post by Emily Roberts, The Guidance Girl, in honor of the release of her excellent new book, Express Yourself: A Teen Girl’s Guide To Speaking Up and Being Who You Are. “I wasn’t thinking; it’s all a blur.” This was the answer I received from not just one, but five... Read more »

These two children were the reason God saved my life that fateful night.

These two children were the reason God saved my life that fateful night.
In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Portrait of an Adoption is hosting the fourth 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.  By Ann Cser  December 8,... Read more »

The Painful Reality of Adopting Older Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

The Painful Reality of Adopting Older Children Who Have Experienced Trauma
Adopting older children out of foster care is a very different experience from infant adoption, and it is my experience that there are fewer books and stories available about this topic.  I am pleased to share the following guest post with you, written by Brittney Dalton: By Brittney Dalton I am scared to allow you... Read more »
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