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Blending the Color of Families through Adoption: A Questioning Look at Some of the Fears, Phobias and Fallacies - Rita Jenkins February 06th, 2006
What if you’ve conquered your fright and seen the light and changed your views and attitudes? What if you’re ready now to open your heart and blend your family by adopting a baby? But what if it’s a baby from of another race? What will the neighbors think? What if you have to contend with the many close-minded people who feel that placing a child in a family outside of their race is a form of identity theft? What if the child ends up so confused that he develops severe complications brought on by an identity crisis?
Custody/Access Dispute and Choice of Lawyers - Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW January 24th, 2006
It is easy to ratchet up the conflict between separated parents: Send them to litigious lawyers who will tell each respective parent they can win his or her position. Then for added measure, have each lawyer advise their respective parent to obtain as much information as possible that will reflect poorly on the other while at the same time documenting as much positive information about oneself.
Adoption: A Life-long Experience - Joey Nesler, LCSW, MSW January 24th, 2006
Each member of the adoption triad has a unique relationship with adoption. As an adoptee, my relationship with adoption has changed with each new developmental level.
Assessing and Managing School-Age Children with Behavioral Problems - Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW January 16th, 2006
Assessing school-age children with behaviour problems takes more than just a superficial look at behaviour. While many children present with problems listening in class, sitting still and getting into conflict with peers, the cause can range from neurological to psychological to family to social issues.
My Daughter’s Newborn Sister - Michelle A. Vandepas January 16th, 2006
Last night I got to hold my daughter’s newborn sister. This sister isn’t my child and won’t be coming to live with us. I’m an adoptive mom with no bio kids of my own. I have a daughter whom we got at 30 days old through foster care and every day I count my blessings for this creature who calls me "Mommy". I’ve spent many hours just staring at her face wondering how lucky I could get to have her come into my life and thankful for all she has brought.
Coming Full Circle - Karen DeLuca Sterner January 09th, 2006
I would like to tell you that I made an easy peace, as a child, with my birth mother and my early losses. But I did not. I was discharged from the hospital with my birth mother. She carried me out of the hospital to the parking lot and handed me over to the intermediary who handled the adoption. The intermediary then took me to my adoptive family. I was given a new name, a new national identity and a new life.
Family of a Birth Father - Anonymous January 09th, 2006
My husband was contacted by his adoptee daughter 3 years ago, she is now 29. They maintained sporadic email contact during that 3 year period. He didn't push her and left the pace of contact up to her. He would always be thrilled when he would get an email from her and promptly responded each time he received one. While he was always honest with me about her existence from the beginning of our courtship, he didn't have any real information about her, up until that point of initial contact from her.
Reflections of a Foster Child: Surviving, Overcoming and Advise - Lawrence P. Adams December 23rd, 2005
I was a foster child from the day of my birth until I aged out of the system at age eighteen. There is very little you could share with me that I myself have not experienced. You are not as unique as you think you might be. In matter of fact there are many thousands who, besides me, have been exactly where you are. I am here to tell you that you can overcome ALL of this.
A Celebration of Life – A Labor Not in Vain - Valerie in Virginia December 23rd, 2005
You did not attend prenatal doctor’s appointments, but you too had your appointments. You had appointments with caseworkers during your approval process and then with more workers during your visits and transition meetings, you may have even had appointments right here in this building as you sat though a court hearing. And for some of you, you also had your share of false alarm labor pains. However, these didn’t require a trip to the hospital or a late night call to the doctor.
The Granddaddy of All New Years Resolutions - Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW December 23rd, 2005
Erik Erikson (1902 – 1994), a developmental psychologist, discussed various stages of human development in terms of opposing forces meant to be reconciled for the successful transition to the next stage. Of interest to the issue of New Years resolutions, is the final stage of life Erikson talks about. The opposing forces to be reconciled are conceived of as “integrity versus despair”.
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