30 Adoption Portraits - 2012

For the second straight year, 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, birth parents, adoptive parents, waiting adoptive parents, and foster parents-turned-adoptive parents. Painful and beautiful, these stories will bring you a deeper understanding of what adoption looks like, allowing you to appreciate the many brushstrokes that comprise a family portrait.

Nov. 1: I Never Told Any of My Friends About My Sons. By Cindy Williams
Nov. 2: Why Do I Have To Be Adopted? By Jessie Bishop Powell
Nov. 3: We Realized That We Couldn't Wait Any Longer By Michelle Mercurio
Nov. 4: Lessons Learned from An Imaginary Redhead By Elisabeth O'Toole
Nov. 5: Clark's Voice By Jay D. Lenn
Nov. 6: I Am That Baby By Tab Curtis
Nov. 7: My Cell Phone Rang: Could I Come Pick Up the Baby? By Gina Sampaio
Nov. 8: I Was Just A Regular Fifteen-Year-Old Girl By Haley
Nov. 9: I Couldn't Understand Why They Got to Go Home and I Didn't. By Amy Guimond
Nov. 10: A Letter to My Son's Birth Mother By Merrin Donahue
Nov. 11: Stop Asking Adopted Kids If We Want To Find Our Real Parents. By Marianna
Nov. 12: Why A Loving Parent Raises a Child's Expectations in Life. By Exavier Pope
Nov. 13: The Grief in Knowing I Will Never Be Called Mom. By an Anonymous Birthmother
Nov. 14: We Were Told to Leave Nina in the Playroom, All by Herself, and Depart. By Jiyer
Nov. 15: We Had ‘Married In’ Through Caroline. By Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser
Nov. 16: Opening a Can of Worms By Bonnie S. Schwartz
Nov. 17: But While You Fly, You Still Wait By Kelley Porter
Nov. 18: To meet or not to meet? By Melissa Flanagan
Nov. 19: But Then the Greatest Moment of My Whole Life Occurred By Bruce Ellis
Nov. 20: How Can We Convince Her We Are THE ONES? By Sheila Quirke
Nov. 21: This Tug of War Was Destroying Him By Danielle
Nov. 22: The Walls of Secrecy Dissolved Naturally By Sara Hylton
Nov. 23: This crazy, wonderful, hectic, loving open adoption By M
Nov. 24: Time Seems To Be Standing Still By Kathy Bright
Nov. 25: Why My Son Has A Closed Adoption By Anonymous
Nov. 26: One By One, My Friends’ Children Were Having Babies. By Nanci Stein “Granci”
Nov. 27: We Didn't Get To Keep the Other Baby, But This One Is Ours Forever By Lindsey Redfern
Nov. 28: Someday I Hope That She Will Seek Me Out By Tamara Tranowski
Nov. 29: She's My Girl, Just As If She Were Born To Us By Andrew
Nov. 30: I Had My Mother's Name! By Chad Cottle