Subscribe free to the Adoption Week e-magazine, the world's largest adoption publication. Each issue contains adoption news, articles, poetry, product reviews & specials, a waiting chil... [more]
The Sister I Never Knew I Had - D in CA December 19th, 2005
I was in shock. I was angry. I was yelling at her wanting to know when, where, where is she now, and why did she (my mom) not tell me. I was really really upset, as was she.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Trial... - Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW December 19th, 2005
For custody and access assessments, the service of a social worker may be preferable if issues of concern appear to relate more to family, relationship or parenting issues. The services of a psychologist may be preferable if there is concern for individual psychological issues related to temperament, personality or intelligence.
Jan & Sheri's Response XXXIX December 12th, 2005
Reunion Etiquette: Acknowledging the Other Party - Josee Larose December 12th, 2005
Happy as they may be, adoption reunions can turn into a minefield of unintended slights, unfulfilled expectations and hurt feelings. Adoptees, in particular, walk a tightrope. While their natural families do have reunion-related challenges of their own to overcome, adoptees must now contend with the sometimes conflicting expectations of two sets of relatives.
Managing the Holiday Excitement - Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW December 12th, 2005
Young children look up with eyes as big as saucers. Last year’s memories of winter holidays may be gone as the child was too young to remember, so now they look on as if it is the first time. They are filled with bewilderment and excitement. The pace of their parents, the decorations in the house and stories of what is to come, fuel their excitement.
Jan & Sheri's Responses XXXVIII December 05th, 2005
Improving the Quality of Orphan Lives - Wendy Hite December 05th, 2005
We adopted our first daughter, Aleeza, who is 8 years old, in December from a town in the southern part of Ukraine near the Black Sea. While we were there, we found out that Aleeza had an older sister named Olga who was 13 and deaf. Because she was deaf, she was in an orphanage for deaf children, which was 3 hours away from Aleeza’s orphanage. The girls had not lived together consistently for 4 years. For some reason, Olga was not available for adoption at the time we were there to adopt Aleeza, so we had to return this past June to adopt her.
Sibling Issues When One Has Special Needs: Am I My Brother's Keeper? - Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW December 05th, 2005
By virtue of a child’s special needs, more attention and parental and family resources are drawn to that child. This in and of itself can set the stage for resentment or animosity with other siblings. Further, additional responsibilities placed on the other siblings for the direct care of the one with special needs can add to bad feelings. The other siblings may surface questioning matters as, “Am I my brother’s keeper”?
The Impact of Formative Experiences - Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW November 28th, 2005
Many folks bemoan the fact that with all the years spent in school, there are no classes on being a spouse or parent. Many others have said, “You need a license to drive a car, but there is no test for becoming a mom or dad.”
All They Want for Christmas - Lawrence P. Adams November 28th, 2005
A number of years ago, in the early hours of one morning, a young 19-year-old unwed woman gave birth to her first child...a boy. She spent most of her pregnancy in a home for unwed mothers as her father would not, as he said, allow a bastard child in his house. She was uneducated and unable to provide even the basic needs for her newborn child. She did what she thought would be best for him. She placed him lovingly for adoption within hours after his birth. She wished for him the best; a loving, nurturing, stable family and a home to call his own. Instead he spent the first year of life in a hospital nursery and also the nursery of the same home for unwed mothers his mother had spent her pregnancy.
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92