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Why Open Adoption?

Why Open Adoption?

On Tuesday nights you can find me in front of the television watching the new hit show on NBC, This Is Us. An emotional family drama, This Is Us has been the perfect solution for my post-Parenthood withdrawals. Relatable characters, heart warming family dynamics, and the crazy plot twists? I’m in! As an adoptive parent myself, […]

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No Yelling Chart

Mom Gets a Behavior Chart

A couple of days after hanging up the one and only behavior chart in our house, my son told me, “No sticker for you! Try again tomorrow.” He was right; I hadn’t earned my sticker for the day. See, the behavior chart was for me, not for the kids. Let me explain. My kids were adopted. […]

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Saying Goodbye 8 Times: Life as a Foster Mom

Saying Goodbye 8 Times: Life as a Foster Mom

Inside this family of four’s living room, a collection of decorative letters spans the length of the fireplace mantle. Trying to understand their meaning can be perplexing at first: “JKAOBERINI …?” But if you’re in their home very long, you’ll realize these letters spell no word, yet they tell many stories nonetheless. Each letter represents […]

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A Case Against Foster Care

A Case Against Foster Care

On January 12, 2010, many of us watched in horror the devastation that had shaken the country of Haiti as they experienced an earthquake that ultimately claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people. As a young family, my husband and I were especially moved by the images of children – thousands of children orphaned […]

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What Not to Say to Adoptive Parents

“Congrats!” “She’s beautiful!” “He looks just like his dad.” When a baby is born, we all know exactly what to say. If for some reason you were having trouble, just find the “New Baby” section in the card aisle at your local grocery store. Hallmark has multiple “right words” for new parents (plus, you’ll let […]

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Doubt Your Doubts

It has been almost a year since we first announced to the world that we were hoping to adopt. We went at it alone, without the use of an agency, ready to put the power of social media to use to help us find our little girl. We built an online adoption profile explaining our […]

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