Why I Love Adoption

Why I love adoption

By Jillian Lauren I am both an adult adoptee and an adoptive mother to a beautiful firebrand of a 6-year-old boy from Ethiopia. I love adoption. I love the whole messy, rich, textured, complex world it has given me. I do not love it because it is one long Disney happy ending. Rather, I love […]

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Ethiopian Adoption: The Road

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By Jillian Lauren   “From here on out, the road is KAPUT,” said Aschalew, the local Help One Now director and our emissary here. Translation: the road is screwed. He wasn’t kidding. We drove for two hours on a rocky unpaved road, through rolling green hills dotted with acacia trees and tukuls (traditional mud huts). […]

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Adoption: Again, Always–Ethiopia

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By Jillian Lauren     The minute we walked off the plane in Addis Ababa this morning, the distinctive smell hit me- some mysterious mixture of frankincense, burning trash, eucalyptus, coffee, and bodies. It’s profoundly human and otherworldly at the same time and lets you know unmistakably that you are in Ethiopia- this glorious and […]

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Adoption Journey: Love Hope

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By Jillian Lauren On the final afternoon of our adoption trip to Ethiopia, we participated in a goodbye ceremony, after which we would be bringing Tariku home for good. Never again would we have to leave him. By that time, I was beyond exhausted. My spirit of adventure was wearing thin and I was so […]

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On Adoption: Then and Now

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By Jillian Lauren       We spent a remarkable weekend with T’s “first friends.” Unprompted by me, he calls them his brothers and sisters. The first picture is of the kids when they were still living in a care center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The second one is of the same kids now (in […]

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For a Different Kind of Family, We Are Really Just the Same

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By: Stacy Clark I am a 44-year-old mother of two daughters. One daughter shares my genes, reflects my blue eyes and wheat-colored hair (though I pay for my golden highlights now). The other exquisitely Asian daughter was adopted from China and shares my heart. When our family, which includes my blue-eyed husband from Connecticut, goes […]

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I See America’s Diverse Future—In My House

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By Melissa Fay Greene     The very words “majority” and “minority” in American demographics are about to swap meanings, like partners on opposing sides of a Virginia reel who lock arms in the middle, whirl about, and take up positions on opposite sides of the lineup. A few weeks ago, the U.S. Census Bureau […]

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Weaving the Stories Together

By: Meika Rouda “How many of you are adopted?” the keynote speaker asked. I raised my hand. The auditorium was packed with people. Who were they? I wondered. Social workers, adoptees, adoptive families, birthmothers? All of the above. “How many of you have adopted children?” I raised my hand again. The woman next to me, […]

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The Art of Multicultural Parenting

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By: Stacy Clark A couple of summers ago, my daughter Hanna attended a weekly art class here in our suburban Florida neighborhood. Picture a master-planned community with meandering tree-lined boulevards and tidy homes tucked within stone-walled villages, named after places in England. While there are families of different races and cultures sprinkled about, the majority […]

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