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Birthfathers and Miracles - Roger Stallings April 10th, 2002
Some of us Dads do care. We carry these ghosts of our children in our hearts forever. I know that the majority don't. Their loss, not mine. I have found my son, and I will thank God and Adoption.com until the day I die for giving me a second chance to be the father now that I couldn't be then!
Faith-based Communities Respond to the Call - Cynthia Peck April 10th, 2002
The Bandele Project in Detroit, Mich., partnered with faith communities not only to find homes for waiting African American children, but also to provide an outlet for social and artistic activities for these children. Started in 1992 by Spaulding for Children, Bandele (an African boy’s name meaning “follow me home” or “born away from home”) involved 15 churches and 15 agencies in its seven-year history. Bandele staff learned that membership in the religious community and/or developing cultural competence in the faith community’s rules and goals resulted in a successful collaboration.
No More Brick Walls - Judy Jessee April 10th, 2002
In 1949 my mother gave birth to a baby boy born out of wedlock. He was given up for adoption as an infant. I was born in 1950. My grandmother fought to keep me and raised me. Somehow, I don't remember how, I found out I had a half brother. Over the past 30 yrs I had tried to search for him with the limited knowledge I had. My mother died in 1972 without telling me any information. To make a long story short, in 2000, I attended my family reunion in southwest Va. I sat with a group of cousins and told them of my search for another "nut" on the tree.
April 05th, 2002
Adoption and Loss: The Hidden Grief - A Review by Jane Edwards April 05th, 2002
Robinson’s book is factual, detailed, and analytical. It is divided into three parts. The first recounts her life beginning with her childhood through her pregnancy, relinquishment, and reunion. The second is an academic review of the literature on adoption loss and reunion. The third is the case for abolishing adoption.
Answering the Call: Saving a Generation of Children - Cynthia Peck April 05th, 2002
Pastor Martin talks the talk and walks the walk with all the enthusiasm of a man of conviction — and a vision. His work, he says, is not of his own choosing, but his response to a call from God. As a man of faith, how could he turn his back? As a leader of his church, how could he not share his vision with his tiny congregation of 200 families? The families received the call. To date, 70 children ranging in age from one to 15 have been adopted, and another 10 are foster children in the process of finalizing their adoptions and becoming full family member
Sealed Adoption Records: Knowing and Noing!! - Douglas S. Loomer April 05th, 2002
In the United States, adoption by right of law is a relatively recent phenomena. This oddity arises out of the fact that our legal system is based to a large degree upon English common law, and the English, with their strong emphasis upon "blood lines", made no provisions for adoption. This is not to say, however, that adoption did not exist at all in early United States history.
Please Don't Lie to Your Children! - Faye Eichholzer April 03rd, 2002
When I was fifty-one years old, after all members of my family had died, I learned for the first time that I was adopted. Whispered comments between adults remembered from early childhood,later questions about blue/brown eyed dominance, odd remarks my birthmother made expressing her surprise at how "smart" I was, the marked physical and personality differences between my brother and me, and an overall atmosphere of secrecy and lies suddenly all became pieces of some horrible puzzle.
Mi Familia - Don D. Arispe March 29th, 2002
Imagine you and your husband have raised 6 children to adulthood. You are now both in your late 40’s, Mexican-American and are living frugally on your husband’s full-time income of $18,000 a year. Four of your children are doing very well and are now raising their own families. In fact, your youngest just graduated from college and is now a teacher. She is the first in your family to graduate from college.
Education and the Child of Trauma - Bryan Post March 29th, 2002
The early exposure to traumatic experience, during the time frame from conception to age three, exposes the developing neurophysiologic system to what can be termed as “arrested emotional development.” The environment of calm interaction between parent and child is necessary to the successful development of the brain/body tools for emotional regulation (the state of calm functioning). When this is absent, the normal and healthy development experiences are missed. This absence of calm interaction creates a response of chronic stress and the child is essentially left without soothing.
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