Archive for January 2013

Russian Adoption Ban Is All About Politics at Expense of Kids

Russian Adoption Ban Is All About Politics at Expense of Kids
In December of 2012, Russian politicians announced a ban on all adoptions of Russian children by American citizens, including the mid-process adoptions of children that had already been matched with an American family.  This stunning move was largely viewed as retaliation to a law that U.S. President Barack Obama signed on December 14th called the... Read more »

No More Hateful Comments on the HuffPost Adoption Portraits Series

No More Hateful Comments on the HuffPost Adoption Portraits Series
When I first ran the guest post series 30 Adoption Portraits in 30 Days in 2011, it appeared here on my ChicagoNow blog.  The comments were almost universally supportive, which is pretty astonishing for a blog series! In November of 2012, I ran the second annual Adoption Portraits series, and whereas the comments were largely... Read more »

Beware Adoption Reunion Scammers Preying on Vulnerability of Birthparents and Adoptees

Beware Adoption Reunion Scammers Preying on Vulnerability of Birthparents and Adoptees
At age 17, Kellie Sharpe gave birth to a baby girl she named Brittney.  Despite her vigorous protests, her parents forced her to place the baby for adoption.  Sharpe spent the next 25 years searching to find her daughter.  For many years, the searches consisted of going to libraries or county buildings, but everything changed... 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 »

Adoption Retrospective Ten Years Later: Jan 2003 - Deciding to Adopt

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. January 2003 Grief fills the room up of my absent child, Lies in his bed, walks up and down with... Read more »