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A Tribute to Mothers - Tanya Bricking July 15th, 2002
Bruhl thought of herself as whole already. She'd had a loving adoptive family growing up in northern California. Her adoptive mother died when she was 17. Bruhl married her college sweetheart and ended up in Hawai'i. She had four children herself, but her first daughter died of a rare disease. She knew what an empty space felt like.
“You Gotta Believe!” - Adam Pertman July 15th, 2002
“This grant is in recognition of the great work that You Gotta Believe! is doing to find loving adoptive homes for children in foster care who are 10 or older,” said Soronen. “We choose our grantees based on their successes and their ability to serve as models for how to best help these deserving children who need permanent homes.”
Family Reconnects 38 Years Later - Amy Schmitz July 08th, 2002
The women said they had problems with the way adoptions used to be handled. Hill said the state only used nonidentifying papers when Bruhl was born. She said it was like she had the baby and then the state told her to go home and forget about it.
The Important Experience - Kathleen E. Larrabee July 08th, 2002
It strengthened my protective instincts to carry a sleepy child and made me realize how vulnerable children are. I had never before had a person look to me and admire what I did. When I ran a cross-country race now, I had a cheering section, and at pep band games, the children wanted to come up in the stands with me.
July 08th, 2002
The Light at the End of the Tunnel - M.G. Halliday July 08th, 2002
When adopting older children, one tends to forget that however normal they may appear, they have hidden issues that need to be acknowledged and addressed. These do not go away by themselves! Don't give up. It takes pain, endless patience, hard work, and determination to overcome such issues. They may never be completely eliminated, and adoptive families will undoubtedly suffer in the process, but hopefully, all will emerge from the experience the better and stronger for it.
Awesome Joy in My Heart - Noree Bowbeer June 28th, 2002
Early March 2001, I was creating historical family photo journals for my other children when I came across the photos of my child born so long ago in California. As I always did, I studied them hard, criedan ocean and prayed. The very next day, I received a telephone call from my sister who shared that someone from my past wanted to contact me, to thank me for giving him life.
The Children I Have Loved - Barbara Schwartz / Davis June 28th, 2002
I saw an incredible child, struggling with every ounce of strength he had just to sit next to me for a few moments of attention, a simple desire that every child deserves. I picked him up and held him close. Tears streamed down his face and he cried for his mommy. My heart broke into a million pieces, knowing that his mommy was gone, possibly for good. If only others knew how these children suffered, I thought, perhaps they would be willing to help too.
Legislative Alert From NACAC - Joe Kroll and Alicia Groh June 28th, 2002
The Democratic leadership in the Senate is reluctantly supporting the elimination of the sunset, so it is important to contact the leadership and tell them that this is an important tax credit and the sunset provision should be eliminated. Pairing the elimination of the sunset provision for the adoption tax credit with speeding up the flat tax credit for special needs adoptions, might provide a balance that all parties can embrace.
National Poll on Americans' Attitude Toward Adoption June 28th, 2002
Perhaps the most common misperception was the fear of a birth parent taking back a child. Eighty-two percent of Americans cited this concern in the study, when in reality this practically never happens.
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