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A Gift - Kathleen Gehrke August 02nd, 2002
It sounds idealistic and unreal to some to not be threatened by my childrens' "other parents". And on the day my ten-year-old son said, "I wished I lived with my real mom and never knew you." I had to stop and think and realize his loss of the family he never lived with was so huge I bet he did wish that at that moment. Perhaps many moments of his life. If I was him, I might also.
Love Them Anyhow! - Paula Horychuk August 02nd, 2002
My challenge to you, fellow adoptees, whether searching or reunited, is: Find out who your adoptive parents are & were, what they are going through... and where they've been. REALLY.
Our Dreams Came True - Karen Burton August 02nd, 2002
In 2000, our daughter went to the agency to find us, but the records were sealed. The only way to find us was to register with the courts in the hope that the judge would open the file. A process that could take many years. The women at the agency told my daughter to put an add on Adoption.com, and she did.
Don't Assume the Worst - Jackie Twigg July 26th, 2002
Mrs. Marquess wrote to me in March 2002 to tell me that she knew for sure that both of my biological parents were alive. She requested that I write a letter to my birth parents asking them whatever questions I might have. I had to send that letter to her in an unsealed envelope. She would then have to read it before she could pass it through the proper channels. I wrote and sent those letters to her on March 27. Now I had to be patient. I was told that I was not to know their names until they chose to contact me. I am not a very patient person but I was really trying to be better at it.
Working with the System - Their Way! - Frederick and Jacqueline July 26th, 2002
They have ridiculous age restrictions in many states. Don't they realize the developed world is tending to have children later and later (naturally)? The age restriction is not considered discriminatory - so much for equal opportunity! The fact that there are so many children who could benefit from a loving environment and real home seems to be irrelevant in Australia. Perhaps the US is more lateral thinking in trying to place a child in a home environment - with of course the necessary checks in place.
Meaningless...Until Now - Melissa July 26th, 2002
When I was thirteen, I became suicidal. The doctors asked if there was anything that would make me feel less depressed. The only thing I wanted was my "real Mom."
Eating a Reality Sandwich - Cheeba Thiem-Sobotka July 18th, 2002
We were intensive therapeutic foster parents for 14 years, and at least understand the names of their games. It doesn't make it any easier. There are times we go to bed aching from long restraints which were initiated by threats and violence toward the home or family. There are times when they've run away and we've had to call the police too.
Media Release - Pamela McKinley July 18th, 2002
In another stroke of fortunate timing, 29 years later, Tibus received Cooper's letter at the most opportune time. He just happened to be preparing for a trip to Orlando, Florida when he received the e-mail inquiry. By the end of the same week Tibus was reunited with Cooper in Orlando.
Pray For Us - Patty July 15th, 2002
I get in our family van and count heads to be sure no is forgotten and I still feel one is missing. I am not sad over this because I know that she is in God's hands and I pray for her everyday as I do my children. Her memories will not be of me but I will always cherish the few days we had when she was born. So do not forget the birth mothers they are so precious to Jesus. Write them a letter of thanks and have someone else give it to them. We gave you one of our most precious treasures.
Social Skills for Our Children - Susan M. Ward July 15th, 2002
Children need to learn relationship competencies including taking turns, sharing, greetings, helping, following directions, kind words, sympathy for others, and more. Some children learn these quite easily through a combination of watching others and reminders from parents and teachers. Other children need extra training and education in order to learn these skills.
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