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To Katmandu, with Love: An Adoptive Mom’s Journal X - Cynthia Yoder May 10th, 2004
Although we both believe that things happen in the right time, it hasn’t been easy to decide to wait. Gabriel asks about you. “She will be so cute,” he said today, while climbing out of his car seat. We are all expectant. So why not fill out the dossier papers? We will, and you will come into our lives, and we will feel like you’ve always been with us. But right now we are in a cleansing period. Cleaning out the old – old habits, old ways of seeing, old ways of living – so that when you come into our lives, we will have more space for you.
Long-Lost Family Finally Found - Cynthia Taggart May 10th, 2004
Suzie and her siblings tried searching for their brother, but they didn't know his adopted name. Now, they're praying someone will help them reunite in person. The siblings are sprinkled from coast to coast.
Anxious for a Response - Sheila H. May 03rd, 2004
In one paragraph she will say negative things like the rational side of her tells her that all this communicating is pointless and can never lead to anything. Then in the next paragraph she says "I enjoy your letters and emails, I re-read them several times and look forward to the next one." She has 2 best friends that are also adoptees, one has a good relationship with her bio-dad and the other doesn't want to know anything about either bio-mom or dad..."
The World of the Adopted Child - Dawn S. May 03rd, 2004
When a family commits to a child and becomes their FOREVER family and then proceeds to make comments that they think of giving their child back on a regular basis because of problems, maybe the parents are having trouble truly committing to their child and the child knows it. If they were having problems with their birth child would they consider sending that child back to the hospital or giving it up? Probably not!
Re: Joshua's Mother - Mary D. May 03rd, 2004
At the age of 15, I placed a son for adoption... almost 38 years ago. I left him at the hospital for the adoption agency to place. I only saw him once. I'm 54 now, and I'd love to meet him just once... to let him know that the choice I made to give him up was one of profound love and sacrifice. My father was in the hospital with cancer, my older brother was fighting in Viet Nam, and my older sister was just coming home from Germany with her new baby. It was all just too much. I needed to finish school. The baby's father wasn't interested in marrying me. And in the 60's, it was very shameful for a girl to have a baby without being married.
Cultural Pride and Connection - Bethanne Gennette May 03rd, 2004
If a parent recognizes that the world around their family sees their child's physical attributes as being of a certain heritage, parents have a duty to help a child see their heritage as one to be celebrated. If the child's heritage is respected and acknowledged, this leads the child to growth in their self-esteem and self-concept. If a parent loves their child but does not respect and acknowledge their child as the minority they are, then it is an incomplete love.
Search Worth It? - Lawrence P. Adams April 26th, 2004
I began my journey years ago after suffering a heart attack at age thirty-one and having to answer the embarrassing question from the doctors about family medical history with a, "I don't know." I was placed for adoption at birth, but ended up never being adopted. In the first eleven years of life I was moved to three institutions and eleven foster homes before finding stability at Boys Town, Nebraska. Though I was fortunate to have my birth mother's name from the start of my search, it still took four, long years of searching before she was located...it would take another four years before I found my birth father.
Birth Mother/Adoptee Story - Kate Kelly April 26th, 2004
I also was able to finally thank her for having me and giving me a decent shot at a good life. If she had kept me, I probably would have ended up in foster care because she had her first mental breakdown when she was only 27. My adoptive family wasn't perfect -- parents divorced when I was 12 and my adoptive mother married an unstable con artist, leading to a rough adolescence -- but I had a happy childhood and still have a good relationship with my adoptive parents.
The World of the Adopted Child - Christopher J. Alexander Ph.D April 26th, 2004
Children under age seven are very concrete in their thinking. That is, they are not able to conceptualize cause-and-effect relationships until mid-childhood. Whereas many adopted children know at a very young age they are adopted, often telling others their 'adoption story,' it is not until the child is seven or eight that the personal meaning of this sets in. When cause-and-effect thinking sets in, adopted children start to feel, on a whole different level, that they were given away. This is one of the reasons why most adopted children don't manifest with severe behavioral disturbance until second or third grade.
Models of Adolsecent Transition - Norm Amundson & William Borgen April 26th, 2004
Adolescents face a range of developmental issues. What seems evident is that older adolescents and young adults enter transitions with the goal of becoming independently functioning adults, as they strive to meet evolving personal and career related needs. Rapid and escalating changes in labor market and post-secondary educational opportunities mean that adolescents now are confronted with the challenge of meeting their personal and career needs when neither can offer certainty or a sense of personal control.
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