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How are you touched by adoption?
adoptive parent (foster adoption), adoptee, adoption writer
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I am a reunited adoptee and an adoptive mother (via foster care) in an open adoption. I blog regularly about adoption issues from both points of view. I am also somewhat addicted to reading other people's blogs about adoption.


My adopted daughter's first mother and I recently shared our story on the Internet radio show All Things Adoption. You can download the podcast here.

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"Three Types of Adoptive Parents"
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"Open Adoption: The Extraordinary Ordinariness of My Extraordinary Family"
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For adoptees and birthparents who are hoping to be reunited with their birth family members.
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"Very interesting, well written article!  I, however, don't feel either of the labels were ever applied to me. I am also a Baby-Scoop Era adoptee. 56 years later and I still have none of the details of my birth or adoption. My a-parents are…"
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The Day I Couldn't Get Out of Bed: Post-Adoption Depression

I woke up that morning paralyzed by fear and dread. It had been just under two months since my then foster daughter had moved into our house -- two intense months that had turned my life upside down. Two months of her almost-daily meltdowns: I'd been physically attacked; I'd been called a "f**king b**ch." I'd watched my biological daughter transform from a happy, open child, excited about getting a new sister, to an angry, cornered animal who believed her life had been ruined by the…


Posted on May 5, 2012 at 7:14am — 2 Comments

Adoption Reunions and the Magical Number 18

The other night at a school-sponsored Halloween party, I had a conversation with the adoptive father of one the schoolmates of my daughters. I had shared a bit of the story of my open adoption, and he responded by sharing that the biological parents of his daughter had recently sent a letter and photos. His daughter hadn't seen the letter or the photos yet, but he and the adoptive mother were planning to show them to her soon. He seemed pleased about the letter but went on to say that he… Continue

Posted on November 1, 2011 at 5:18am

My Adoption Journey: From Trauma to Healing

My journey with adoption began before I was born. It was the 1960s and teenage pregnancy was still a hush-hush topic, shrouded in shame. “How could you do this to me?” -- that’s what my biological grandmother said when she found out my birth mother was pregnant. Though my birth mother was an academic achiever, she was not allowed to graduate with her high school class because she was beginning to show. Instead, she was whisked into hiding in a nearby city, where she spent the next several…


Posted on October 2, 2011 at 1:46pm

My Adoption Reunion Search

"Do you think you will search for your birth mother someday?" That's a question I was asked, in various forms, throughout my life.


For many years, I answered it automatically, without much thought. In my childhood years, the answer was, "Oh, yes, probably when I'm older" (in other words, that's a matter for a distant future that I can't even quite imagine yet). Then, in my teen years it became, "No. I have one mother already, and that's more than enough, thank you very much."…


Posted on September 21, 2011 at 8:19am




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