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The Ellis Island of Slavery Takes Shape as Museum in South Carolina

A tranquil spot on the Cooper River in Charleston is a place of memory, much like New York’s Ellis Island or Angel Island in San Francisco.<p>But those …

2013 School Days Photo Contest - Adoption Photos - Adoptive Families

Adoption Photo Album<p>2013 School Days Photo Contest<p>It's that time of year again! Submit your favorite shots of your child proudly shouldering his …

15 Surprises I've Encountered While Adopting From Foster Care

Children aren’t handed out on a first come, first serve basis. In fact, I don’t think my foster agency keeps an adoptive parent wait list. Adoption …

Parenting

Transracial Adoption: Expert Advice If You're Adopting Transracially

Thanks to high profile adoptions by Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock, Madonna and other celebrities, transracial adoption has been into the spotlight. …

Angelina Jolie

Deciding If Fostering a Child Is for You

One day I came home from working at our local children's home and asked my husband what he thought about becoming a foster parent. He had numerous …

Foster Care

How Troubled Teen Found a 'Forever Family' After 29 Foster Homes

There are cases of hellish abuse – and then there was Jed.<p>Born to severely mentally ill parents, he was found in rural Robeson County, N.C., at age …

Twelve Signs that an Adoption Match May Fail

12 Signs That an Adoption Might Fail<p>By the time that you are matched with an expectant woman who has chosen you to adopt her child, you want it to …

'Big Fat Greek Wedding' star opens up about adopting her daughter: 'None of us are alone'

When Nia Vardalos, writer and star of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," reluctantly left her family on Sunday morning to fly to New York to promote her new book, "Instant Mom," she told her 7-year-old daughter she'd left an Easter basket.<p>Her daughter Ilaria hugged her and said, "Go get some kids adopted."<p>…

Parenting

The economics of China's one-child policy - Economy

Rumblings in China's state media suggest that Beijing is considering a move to relax its deeply unpopular one-child policy, a change that could significantly alter demographic trends in the world's second largest economy.<p>Since its introduction in the late 1970s to control China's rapid population …

Skills You Need to Master Before Being a Foster Parent

The following 6 statements describe the basic knowledge base of successful foster parents. Of course, there is more to being a foster parent, but …

Foster Care

10 Things You Can Do Now to Be Ready to Do Foster Care

This article was prompted by the following e-mail:<p><i>"I am currently 19 years old and single, but I am one day hoping to be a foster parent. Could you</i> …

Social Worker Adopts Kid She Tried to Place For 10 Years

With a record of helping more than 2,000 children find families to adopt them, social worker Connie Going believes every child is adoptable. So after trying for 10 years to find 10-year-old Taylor Diaz a family to love him but coming up unsuccessful, she dropped him from her client list, went to …

The Real Reason More Blacks Don’t Adopt, And The Reason’s Not Slavery

The other day as I sat in the waiting room of the doctor’s office, I picked up a free copy of the local newspaper. The newspaper is titled <i>The Voice</i> …

When my adoptive mum met my birth mother

Jenny Hudson was adopted as a baby. At 38, she contacted her birth mother and they got on well. Then Jenny wondered, what if she could bring together the woman who gave her life and the woman who brought her up?<p>They are sitting in a nondescript hotel lounge, a quiet place to meet and to talk. Both …

Post-adoption blues? Many families need more support - Health - Children's health | NBC News

NEW YORK — Bluntly acknowledging the challenges faced by many adoptive families, a coalition of child welfare and adoption groups is appealing for a national reappraisal of how best to provide sustained, effective support and keep grim outcomes to a minimum.<p>A large majority of adoptions go well, …

Health Care

Is Fostering a Child Right for Your Family?

Before embarking on the steps it takes to foster a child, find out if you and your family are prepared for the addition.<p>There are 104,000 foster kids waiting to be adopted in the U.S., and each year more than 20,000 of them become too old to stay part of the foster-care system, which means they'll …

University of Chicago

That maternal 'moment': When parents first bond with adopted child

When you have a child biologically, there are many moments early on where you may feel that first maternal bond to the baby. Perhaps it’s the first time you hear the baby’s heartbeat. Or when you see your little one in utero in an ultrasound. Or the first time the baby kicks in your belly.<p>For …

Pregnancy

Adoption, Commodification and Normalcy

Maybe I missed it in earlier issues of the country's largest and oldest magazine on adoption, <i>Adoptive Families</i>, but the ads in the latest issue, Winter 2014, show the definitive commodification of adoption in the U.S.. Similac pays for a full-page ad in an issue with an article on breastfeeding …

Parenting

Kate Snyderman: The journey to find my birth mother

"I wonder if I look like my mother?"<p>I was 16 when I, almost absentmindedly, asked the question while on vacation with our family in Mexico. It was a question that had plagued me for as long as I could remember. Earlier that day, we’d been talking about traits shared between family members, and my …

Parenting

Dr. Nancy Snyderman: The day that changed my life forever

It was on a poker hot July afternoon 27 years ago when I drove from Little Rock, Ark., three hours west to the small town of Fort Smith. Just 48 hours earlier, a 16-year-old-girl had delivered a baby and knew throughout the pregnancy that she would be giving the baby up for adoption. That drive and …

Parenting

A Letter to My Adopted Son: On Having to Share You

<i>By Elise Schreier, Blogger for CTWorkingMoms.com</i><p>November is National Adoption Month and with this, I add my truth to all the rest that is bravely being spoken.<p>"I didn't give you the gift of life; life gave me the gift of you..."-Author Unknown<p>To my son,<p>The other day, you told me that sometimes, you …

Parenting

Pushing for a better foster care system - The Washington Post

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Childhood problems don't end at 16 for those in foster care

Letting people stay with foster carers until they're 21 seems sensible – but what about the path to real independence?<p>If you want to foster a kid, don't expect to be taking in Oliver Twist.<p>Children who need a foster home are, by and large, both troubled and trouble. Their family may have broken …

White moms, black hair: Blogs teach adoptive and interracial families to care for hair

African-American women know well the work and time it takes to keep their hair healthy, styled and maintained. But what happens when you’re the non-black parent of an African-American girl? How does one learn the ins and outs of curls and cornrows, beads and braids?<p>The answer used to be trial and …

Hair

How to Throw an Adoption Baby Shower

Planning a shower to welcome an adopted child may be a little different than your standard pre-baby event. Here's how to plan the perfect adoption shower.<p>At my baby shower, there was no guessing the size of the bump, and I could drink all the champagne I wanted. That's because I was still a few …

Pregnancy

Watch This Boy Surprise a TV Anchor Whose Story Helped Him Get Adopted

At around the 2:50 mark of this video, watch news anchor Gloria Campos of WFAA in Dallas break down in tears of happiness when she is surprised — on …

TV Series

Foster Care Explained

Parenting a foster care child can be a very rewarding and potentially challenging experience. If you're considering fostering a child, here is what you need to know.<p>There are 400,000 foster children in the U.S., and 104,000 of them are waiting to be adopted, representing perhaps the greatest need …

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