When We First Met

What a beautiful tribute to your son..thank you for posting.more

Thinking about Adoption? Ten Things to Ponder

It's National Adoption Month. Sometimes I wonder why everybody doesn't adopt children. Other times, I wonder why anyone would. I'm not ambivalent, just multi-faceted. In honor of National Adoption Month, I decided to make a list of the top ten things to think about before you adopt a child. These will not have been things that I, myself, thought about before adopting three children but that shouldn't stop the reader from finding them terribly useful....more

The Russian Adoption Ban; It Doesn’t Apply to American Foster Children

We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone. ~ Ronald Reagan...more
Hi Katie..I'm from Puerto Rico and I heard  a story about a Puerto Rican family that had ...more

Communicating Under Water: When Your Daughter Is a Stranger

I remember the first time I was able to connect to Tsega, my three-year-old's "story." I was sitting on the couch, talking to one of his therapists about his challenges, my concerns for him, what I believed about his trauma and the effects of it on his life and brain and future. And I broke down into an ugly cry. As I spoke the words aloud and shared the details of his life it hit me: The depth and scope of what my son experienced. And I wanted to take it all away. It was horrible, unfair, stupid. I was angry at the people in his life that allowed it. Most kids at age three are learning colors and how to sort shapes and how to share toys. He has bigger fish to fry and sometimes it feels like the fish are trying to eat him....more
@motherhoodandmore Thank you so much for your kind words.  I like what you said about having to ...more

Adoption: International or Domestic?

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The First TIme...

Yesterday was the start of National Adoption Month.  Around our house I have been busy writing articles for Adoption.Com on different ways to celebrate the month, and we have all been sporting purple ribbons for adoption awareness....more

Meeting Bella: A Memory to Treasure

Unlike most Moms, I cannot recount in detail, or even in generalities, the birth stories of half of my children. And while I can blame my faulty memory on many of the black holes in my life, the integrity of my memory has nothing to do with the void in my brain where a beautiful story should reside. The stories are not there simply because I never experienced them. I did not conceive, carry in my body, or deliver three of my children. However, to be fair, I must mention that I have, in exchange, something most mothers do not. Meeting my babies for the first time took place when they were no longer infants, but people....more
I'm sitting here crying.  What a beautiful story, and a lovely girl.  I cannot even fathom the ...more

Hail to the Chief

As an American, there are a few things I take for granted, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness being the big three.  I’m also guaranteed certain liberties such as the right of free speech, the freedom of religion, and the right to own a gun.Another right I have as an American that I don’t often think about is the right to be President of the United States.  Growing up, children are told they can be anything they want to be.  If they work and study hard, they can be a doctor, astronaut, or President....more

Going Home

Home is where the heart is.  But, for my daughters, their hearts aren’t just under my roof.As internationally adopted children, I know a part of them still resides in their birth countries.  As they grow up as red, white, and blue Americans, Elle is still Russian, and Bunny is still Guatemalan.And I love that about them....ContinueLanita Moss A Mother's Hood ...more

Lost Opportunity

I am disappointed.  Disappointed at a lost opportunity.This morning, over a cup of coffee, I read this headline in the Hollywood Reporter.Jillian Michaels Warns Against International Adoption Unless You Have ‘A Lot Of Money’...more
@victorias_view That is what I wish she had done. After I got over being angry, I just felt ...more