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Bittersweet BirthdaysYou excitedly lean over your birthday cake, your face alight with the glow of four small birthday candles. You were prayed for and wanted more than you can ever imagine. …
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Adoptive Parents Talk Series: Summer plans for kids during COVIDFor many parents, making summer plans usually involves a mix of planning a vacation and figuring out the right summer camps for their children. Obviously this year with the number …
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My Educational Experience – Q&A with an adult adopteeTell us a little bit about yourself and what kinds of learning challenges you had. Growing up, I had lots of concentration issues. The subjects that were hardest for me …
Adoptive Parents Talk Series: Learning Challenges
Adoptive Parents Talk Series: Learning ChallengesBeing an adoptive parent can sometimes be a very lonely journey. While the issues our children face are not necessarily unique, we are always trying to understand if they stem …
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Third time’s the charmWhen we started the process to adopt a child from India, we were warned that we would need to be extremely patient since the process could take a long time …
coping with ocd
An adoptee’s powerful words on coping with OCD
Meeting the birth mother of my child
Meeting the woman who gave me my daughterI was 38 when I adopted my daughter Richa in 1997.  Richa’s birth mother was 18 when she gave her up in 1996.  I have often thought about the loss …
Meeting my birth mom
Meeting my birth motherI had always wanted to meet my birth mother (like most other adopted kids). I’ve always known I was adopted. I don’t remember a moment when I was told “You’re …
Stupid things people say to you - an adoptee
Stupid things people say to you – an adoptee
Real mom
But who is your REAL mom ??!!!!“ If you look up requirement of adoption (like as if it were a job) STRENGTH would be required. The strength to give and the strength to receive. The strength …
The school family tree exercise - a teachable moment
The school family tree exercise – a teachable momentEvery 2nd, 3rd or 4th grader goes through this assignment or something like it – draw a family tree, show and talk about your ancestors, etc.  Our daughter had to …
Learning challenges for adopted children
Learning challenges – there’s light at the end of the tunnelWe were told in March of our (adopted) daughter’s kindergarten year that she was performing way below expectations, and that we should strongly consider having her repeat kindergarten.  20 years …