Bonding With An Adopted Child – Chrisi’s Story

“Bonding with an adopted child was a big topic of adoptive parenting 33 years ago,” writes Chrisi, an adoptive mom

What Open Adoption Means To Me (by Kaylee, age 14)

Kaylee is a 14-year-old girl who was adopted shortly after she was born. Because hers is an open adoption, she

What Kind of Father? A Son Confronts The Troubling Past Of A Man He Never Knew

When Frank L. Christlieb found his birth mother, the story of his birth father began to unfold. It was a

Book Details This Man’s 22-Year Search For Birth Parents

John Bates spent 22 years searching for his birth parents, hoping to gain an understanding of who he was and where

Difficult to Place: Changing the Language of Foster Care

“Words are powerful,” writes Michelle Madrid-Branch. She should know. As a child in the foster care system she was labeled

Adoption Is My Nationality

Michelle Madrid-Branch is an adoptee who braved the perils of adoption reunion and sought after her adoption truths. Over time, she

Here And There, Loving You Always: A Children’s Book About Adoption

Greetings Adoption and Foster Care Professionals, My name is Beverly Reynolds, a recent published author of a children’s book about

An Interview: Michelle Madrid-Branch, Foster Care + International Adoptee

  “Let’s show up real and authentic before our children so they know they can show up real and authentic

I Wish I’d Known About Positive Adoption Language Before I Started The Adoption Process

“Words are powerful. Words are so, incredibly, powerful.” When adoptive mom Natalie Brenner first started the adoption process, she announced

A Response To The Foster Father Who Cares For The Terminally Ill

“If you were to read the minds of foster children and youth in America today, you’d likely hear them say

A Heart That Swoons And Shatters: Thoughts Of An Adoptive Mom

“For you, my firstborn, I break in a million tiny places. I break and melt and I feel joy and

A Message For Every Adoptee: How You Came Into The World Is Not Who You Are

Just like every super hero has an origin story, so does every adopted person. These stories are known as “primal

When All Is Lost: The Infectious Side Of Trauma (Adoption Parenting)

Laura Boccaleone, adoptive and foster mom and blogger at Full Time Tired, has reached the end of her rope. Her

My Unplanned Pregnancy And The Choice I Made To Place My Baby For Adoption

At 14 I started suffering with anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. I was living with an unstable, alcoholic mother at

My Son Is No Angel: The Way To Happy Fostering

Laura Boccaleone describes her blog, Full Time Tired, this way: Tales of a family in adoption and fostering. We write

I’m The Anti-Hero: Our First Foster Placement

“I’m just a harsh reminder of what has happened to her,” writes foster mom Laura Boccaleone of her new foster

3 Things My Adoption Has Taught Me

Merrisa Milliner and her husband adopted a baby girl a year ago, and it has been, she says, “an incredible

3 Things You Should Know Before Adopting

When adoptive Mom Laura Boccaleone was asked to speak to prospective adoptive parents at an information meeting, she began reflecting on

An Open Letter To A Fellow Birthmom

Choosing to place a baby for adoption opens up the gateway to a long path of conflicting emotions: Loss and

God And Adoption: Our Stories Are Bigger Than Us

Adoption didn’t seem like it was in the cards just then for Natalie Brenner and her husband, Loren. They didn’t have

Struggling With Our Second Eco-Map

An eco-map is a diagram often used by counselors or social workers to help create a visual representation of a family’s

Just An Awful Day: Aggressive and Self-Injurious Behaviors

Hitting. Kicking. Screaming. Throwing things. Self-harm. It can be terrifying to watch your adopted child spiral out of control. How should

Saying No To More Foster Kids: Why It’s Okay

Adoption, no matter how achieved, can a beautiful thing. As foster/adoptive parents, our lines tend get crossed a little bit.

You Can Help Give Older Kids in Foster Care a Voice: Here’s How

Every year, more than 20,000 children age out of foster care. That’s 20,000 individual children who are cut loose from

Threaded Together By Love

Threaded Together by Love, by Michelle Madrid-Branch I am a mother of three amazing kids. Their ages are: fourteen, twelve,

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