adoption
Adoption was not given to me as an option -- it was more like a punishment.
parenting
We loved our son before we even met him, from that first agency call when we knew only his age and name.
adoption
"I bet your real mother was so beautiful."
adoption
A black woman pulled me aside to tell me what other black women think when they see a white woman with a black baby.
getting pregnant
It's not that I actually think fetuses are the same as parasites. But I kind of do.
adoption
Adoption is many things, but here's what it's not -- giving back your children.
adoption
My birthmother, a heroin addict, was pregnant when she was sentenced for drug-related crimes, and I lived with her in prison for my first year.
adoption
If you call out adoption practices, or that a whole hell of a lot of people out there are racist, you become an ungrateful traitor to the white people who raised you.
adoption
Who are these people and why did they bring me here to this town surrounded by all these white people? Even my 8-year-old son thinks it’s arcane.
adoption
What I got was a two page letter, obviously written by an individual whose job it is to review sealed records and extract whatever information it is legal to provide.
adoption
Being an adoptee can be hard as it is. Add potential abuse, and being treated like you're disposable, and being traded like chattel? The ensuing scars are hard to fathom.
native americans
Having a tribal identity was simply not something I was ever exposed to, and to have my first exposure be, “We’re taking your baby and you can’t do anything about it," was shocking.
baby veronica
In the United States of America, Johnny Depp can be a Cherokee but Baby Veronica must be white. -- Settler Colonial
ihtm contest
MySpace was the social media site of the time, and I thought maybe she had one. I began one evening to look for all the 16-year-old Nicoles in a 50 mile radius of where I was from
dogs
When I decided to get a pup for my new pet-friendly apartment, little did I know I would be racing against the clock to save a sick doggie's life.
in

Dec 3, 2012 at 1:00pm | 310 comments

adoption
Tima had spent the first year of his life in the care of neglectful and alcoholic parents and the second institutionalized with hundreds of other children, never having a toy or shoe or caretaker that was his own.
in

Nov 6, 2012 at 10:00am | 82 comments

clutch magazine
I believe that it shouldn’t matter who adopts children in the foster care system, as long as they’re given a chance to get out of the system, but I do feel that if a couple does venture out to adopt a child or another ethnicity, there should be some type of ethnic & cultural sensitivity training involved.
adoption
Fact: sometimes tearful family reunions are a bit...awkward and disappointing
adoption
When it’s been emotionally or financially taxing, I’ve still felt nothing but extraordinarily fortunate to share my home with such wonderful friends.
adoption
My boyfriend and I would go to our hotel early and order Pizza Hut, trying to come up with excuses to get out of seeing Betty the next day.
adoption
As an adult, I have never doubted that my biological mother made the decision that she thought was best both for her and for me.
in

Dec 6, 2011 at 11:00am | 0 comments