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"Rehoming"
August 25, 2013, 1:59 pm
I first heard the term “rehoming” from my sister.  For a time, she ran a guinea pig foster home of sorts, caring for the little rodents while she looked for permanent homes for them.  I liked the positive connotation that goes along with the term “rehoming” – finding a new home.  In the field of...

Encouraging Minorities to Adopt
August 26, 2013, 10:48 am
While all transracially adopted children deserve adoptive parents who are culturally sensitive and willing to expose not only their child, but themselves and their entire family to the child’s ethnic and/or cultural heritage, good intentions on the part of the parents do not take the place of...
Adoption Ads in Pregnancy Magazines
August 30, 2013, 12:05 pm
When we were pursuing domestic adoption, we did so independently, without the assistance of an adoption agency.  This meant that we had to do our own networking and advertising, as well as screening potential birth parents.  Many times we came across people who were not familiar with private...
Letter to Grandparents
September 27, 2013, 11:53 am
Dear Grandparents, While I cannot personally relate to what it must be like to have a young daughter or son who is expecting a baby before they are ready to parent, I would nonetheless like to share with you what may be good ideas and what may be not so good ideas as far as proceeding to try to...
Encouraging a Colleague to Adopt
October 4, 2013, 1:31 pm
I recently encouraged a colleague to adopt.  The topic came up unexpectedly, and I found myself relating our fostering experience and suggesting that she adopt an older child or even siblings rather than fostering, which was her initial idea.  I noticed myself repeating several times that “I hate...
Should You Foster if You Want to Adopt?
October 18, 2013, 1:30 pm
Should you foster if you really want to adopt? Some areas have thriving foster-to-adopt programs where you go through the foster care training and become licensed foster parents, but you are only called with placements of children who are already likely to be in need of an adoptive home.  Either...
Silence
October 18, 2013, 10:58 pm
I've been silent here for many months. This process, trying to adopt my relative's son because his mother cannot care for him, has been heart-wrenching for everyone involved. The last time you heard from me, I was hopeful that Alan would leave the UK to join our family in the US before too long....
Not My Problem
October 21, 2013, 11:04 am
A few months ago, an uncle called to catch up and see how my daughters and I were doing. I let him know well the girls were doing in school and how much I enjoyed my job. I then gave him an update on my relative's situation. I reminded him of the personal challenges she's faced and reminded him...
One Name to Unite Us?
October 25, 2013, 7:36 am
When I got divorced last year, it made sense for me to keep my married name. I got married during graduate school, so my entire post-education career had been conducted under that name. It was my daughters' last name and I had no intention to ask them to change it. It would be simpler to deal with...
Could I Be a Birth Mother?
November 5, 2013, 11:34 am
Could I be a birthmother?  This is a question that recently crossed my mind.  Our journey to parenthood includes several adoption stops along the way, none of them successful, with parenthood finally arriving thanks to the blessing of embryo donation.  On our third attempt with this method, we...
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