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An Assorted Fairytale XIX - Linda Muzzin August 15th, 2005
I loved hearing funny stories, and I took on the sad and hurtful ones, too. The most amazing thing she said to me was “you were the lucky one.” My brother Steven had said the same thing so many times before. Maybe being adopted wasn’t so bad she said, and I never felt it was except for the fact I was separated from people I ached to be close to without a reason.
An Assorted Fairytale XVIII - Linda Muzzin August 08th, 2005
As some of you may have read, my biological sister Debbie recently found me here through this site. It’s been several months now, and though it is wonderful and beyond words with how much joy it gives me, it has come with some heartache for us both. My biological family really wants nothing to do with me, and that was pretty hard to hear after 20 years of searching and 13 years of knowing.
Need Help Sorting Out A Parenting Plan? - Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW August 08th, 2005
Separated parents need to sort out a plan for the ongoing care of the children. Most parents know this as determining custody and access. However, these are now outdated terms, used mostly when settling disputes in higher conflict situations. Children develop best when parental conflict is kept to a minimum and the children are able to experience loving and meaningful relationships with both parents.
Keeping A Child Away From The Other Parent Can Backfire - Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW July 25th, 2005
While the vengeful parent may think their child can suffice with them alone, the social science research is clear that children develop best and enjoy a healthier psycho-socio outcome as adults when they have secure relationships to both parents. Children who are taught to cut themselves off from a parent are at greater risk of using similar strategies for managing their own adult intimate relationships and thus are at risk of greater failed adult relationships too.
Will Your Kids Be of “Good Character”? - Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW July 18th, 2005
At some point most parents think about the kind of person their child will grow up to be. This is different from what they may do for a living. This involves issues of integrity, honesty and caring for others. Will your child grow up to be of good character?
Guiding Principle - Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW July 11th, 2005
Different people will define integrity for themselves differently. Generally speaking though, it will involve close connections with friends and family. Our children’s presence and even the presence of grandchildren and perhaps great grandchildren will be valued and likely factor into the equation.
Caring for Your African American or Biracial Child's Hair - Mahisha Dellinger June 13th, 2005
Over the years I've read, seen, and experienced unbelievable acts of ignorance regarding ethnic hair care. It is my attempt to provide a few basic tips and tricks so you will avoid common pitfalls.
Choosing a Therapist - Contributed by: MN ASAP June 13th, 2005
Selecting a therapist who understands adoption and foster care can be an important component to your child’s mental health. Finding the right therapist can seem like a daunting task, especially when parents may be feeling overwhelmed or burdened by the difficulties for which they are seeking help. Parents should take the time to shop around for a mental health provider who has the experience and expertise required to effectively address their family's needs.
Helping Your Older-Adopted Children Survive a Move - Kathryn Lauer Black, M.Ed. May 31st, 2005
I could tell that our youngest was pretty upset as his glazed eyes stared out the window. Suddenly, blood started gushing out of his nose. Panicked, I pulled off at the first exit and into an empty parking lot just off of the highway. I swung open the side door of the van and with a wad of Kleenex, scooped my baby up and held him in my lap.
What’s a Kid to Do When Parents Hate Each Other? - Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW May 31st, 2005
Pity the children whose parents are so locked in mutual despise. The child becomes the battleground. Each parent begrudges the child’s relationship to the other. Even though a parent may hold their tongue, the attitude still exudes. The child lives with their distain.
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