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June 30, 2015
Little girls often engage in the common childhood pastime of pretending to be pregnant, but it would be a rare individual indeed who would ever dress-rehearse infertility as a future problem. Unless individuals have pre-existing medical problems, they assume they will easily conceive a child. Read More
June 30, 2015
Respectful Adoption Language (RAL) is vocabulary about adoption that has been chosen to reflect maximum respect, responsibility and objectivity about the decisions made by birth parents and adoptive parents in discussing the family planning decisions they have made for children who have been adopted. Read More
June 29, 2015
Imagine you’re in a room full of people, having a good time—until someone makes a troubling comment about adoption. Even though the rest of the party keeps going, for you everything stops. It’s as if the projectionist just switched off the film, brought up the house lights, and asked you what you’re going to do next. Will you smile tolerantly? Will you seize this teachable moment? How will people feel about you—and, more importantly, how will you feel about yourself—after everything is over? Read More
June 10, 2015
As an adoptive parent who has lived through a home study and as a social worker that has conducted them, I am delighted to share some of my thoughts about the home study process. I am convinced that it is one of the most misunderstood aspects of adoption. Surrounded by myths and horror stories, it is too often viewed by prospective adoptive parents as a tortuous ordeal perpetrated by social workers. Read More
January 27, 2015
Link: Family's holiday card goes viral for all the right reasons Read More
July 30, 2014
10) You are good with kids! 9) Your commitment will help change a child’s future 8) Patience and sense of humor are two of your greatest strengths. 7) You have a heart that his bigger than your home. 6) Reaching out to others seems natural to you. Read More