Her Mother Lives in Jail?

My youngest daughter, Bunny, is from Guatemala.  We adopted her when she was 7 ½ months old, and she is now a spry and sprightly six year old.  While we were in the process of adopting Bunny, I was in my final year of law school.  By the third year, my classes were smaller and more intimate, allowing for a certain camaraderie amongst the class knowing we were actually going to graduate....ContinueLanita Moss A Mother's Hood...more

Seeing a Future in the Eyes of a Child

I’ve been cleaning out my office, lately.  It’s almost March and the mood for spring-cleaning is sweeping through me.  My small office is tucked away on the top floor of my house, nestled between two windows and slanting eaves.  As I sift through files, catalog books, and take down a former life from my walls, I come across a framed yellowed article about the death of my husband and the adoption of my daughter....ContinueLanita Moss ...more

Orphanages and Fairytales

Like most Americans, I remember the images of Romanian orphanages under Ceausescu’s rule.  I was appalled by the pictures of starved children, rocking, sitting, and lying in wooden cribs.  At the time, I could only imagine how these children had survived…or had they?...ContinueLanita Moss A Mother's Hood ...more

Where Do Babies Come From?

Now that Bunny has turned six, I am anticipating the question all parents dread…where do babies come from?  Six years ago when Elle was getting ready to ask the question, I did my homework.  Rather than write an elaborate answer with technical terms and diagrams, I did the smart thing.  I bought a book with a lot of colored pictures…age appropriate pictures, of course....ContinueLanita Moss A Mother's Hood...more

Baby Exportation

recently wrote in Castes and Prejudice that “children were not produce.”  Children are not a commodity to be bought and sold like bananas and brussels sprouts.  So, when I was skimming my Google Alerts regarding international adoption, I read an article about Korean adoptions, Korea Still Relies On International Adoption, from The Korea Herald.  The article stated that in 2009, Korea was the fourth la...more

The Gestures of a Nation

Before I adopted Elle from Russia, I had a preconceived idea of what Russians were like.  I remember the high stepping soldiers of the Soviet Army marching in Red Square behind the tanks and missiles, the Soviet gymnasts who seemed more like robots than young girls, and let’s not forget Irina Rodnina and Alexander Zaitsev, the famous figure skating couple.  If it weren’t for Olga Korbut and her enchanting smile and bubbly personality, I would have assumed Russians were devoid of personalities all together....more

Adoptive Families Who Need Support Are Finally Getting a Voice

This month the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute released a 98-page research study titled “Keeping the Promise: The Critical Need for Post-Adoption Services to Enable Children and Families to Succeed.” This report compiles the most exhaustive collection of post-adoption service information to date. Its thrust is to convince the adoption community to move its focus from being centered mostly around creating families through adoption, to balancing this with supporting these children and families after placements are made. ...more
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The Women in the White Coats

I started reading a new book last night, The Boy From Baby House 10.  It is the miraculous story of a boy who somehow managed to survive a Russian orphanage, be adopted by an American family, and grow up to be a healthy normal young man.  I read about the book on the blog ...more

"I Managed to Lose the Accent"

Elle started 6th grade this week…middle school.  She has a new school, new bus and a different way of attending school.  Rather than one classroom with one teacher and one desk, Elle has graduated to different classrooms for every subject, multiple teachers and a hall locker.  This is the big time....ContinueLanita Moss A Mother's HoodBirth by Paperwork...more

Was Humanitarian Parole the Best Thing for Haitian Orphans?

In seven months, the news of the January 12th earthquake in Haiti has slowed to a trickle. Fundraising has taken a back seat to more current news. Talk of orphans and amputees are buried well behind the headlines. The mass of adoption requests has returned to a normal level. Yet, there is still a Haiti. There are still orphans. There are now court dates and adoption finalizations occurring. Unfortunately, there are also around a dozen Haitian children in the United States who do not have a home, and their future continues to be uncertain. ...more

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