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Alternatives to Family Trees, Baby Albums and Heritage Projects at School

If you are an adoptive parent, you are not alone if you dread school Family Tree projects or “When I Was a Baby” assignments. When my oldest son Keith started Pre-K, I thought we would have a little grace time before we ran into one of those. But… Read More
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The Downton Abbey Adoption Plotline

Spoiler Alert!  If you’re an avid Downton fan and you’re behind on the show, stop reading now.  As I watched the Downton Abbey season finale on Sunday, I was intrigued by Lady Edith’s adoption plotline.  The story is remarkably sympathetic a… Read More
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NPRGate and the Adoption Triad

 Last week NPR aired a story about transracial adoption and the Melissa Harris-Perry gaffe. NPR generated almost as much controversy for failing to include any transracially adopted adults in its segment as Ms. Harris-Perry did for offering up for m… Read More
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Ethical Practices in Adoption

Prospective adoptive parents are frequently advised to choose agencies and lawyers that abide by ethical adoption practices.  But what does that mean exactly?  And what are the unethical practices you are being advised to avoid?  The American Acad… Read More
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Language Matters - How Courts Talk about Children and Parents

I read a lot of court opinions, and, to be honest, they are usually kind of dull.  Judges write in a very modulated style and are not known for dramatic flourishes.  But recently I’ve come across two opinions that made me take notice – one beca… Read More
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How to Create a Great Adoption Profile

Preparing your adoption profile seems daunting, but it shouldn’t be.  The possibilities are almost limitless, and you can really have fun doing it.  Here are a few pointers that will help you get started:  1.  Get inspiration by looking at o… Read More
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Openness in Adoption: What It Means, How It Works

Adoptive parents are usually aware that these days most domestic infant adoptions have some degree of openness.  According to the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute only 5% are closed adoptions, meanwhile 55% are open and the remaining 40% are me… Read More
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