Positive Message to Parents – Sending Your Child to Treatment

Positive Message to Parents – Sending Your Child to Treatment

Dear Parents, Let me tell you a little bit about myself.  My name is Andrea I was adopted at 5 months old and I am 26 years old and I am alive!  Thanks to my wonderful parents.  I struggled as a teenager, I was sad, running away from home, lying, sneaking out and starting to drink.  My parents took me to numerous counselors and I finally found one I liked and he told me if you don’t stop, you will be sent away.  I didn’t believe...

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Miguel Brown Grounded for Life. Punishment Gone Wrong

Miguel Brown Grounded for Life. Punishment Gone Wrong

I enjoyed reading this recent blog post. How often have we pushed what Miguel Brown calls the “nuclear option?”  That’s when we’re feeling out of control as parents. Let’s say your son or daughter is repeatedly coming in after curfew. In a fit of frustration, the parent may blurt out something extreme like, No more going to parties EVER! The problem with the nuclear reaction is that it causes huge resentment in the...

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Parenthood: The Never Ending Saga

Parenthood: The Never Ending Saga

As an adoptive mom, my mother instincts kicked in the moment I held my infant son for the first time. It’s a definitive moment etched in my memory. In the photograph, I was wearing a white and black-stripped cotton shirt. My son was three months old, cuddled up on my shoulder.  I had a peaceful look on my face, holding something beyond precious to my chest. When my son was two and I was mired in the daily tasks of being a stay at home...

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Conversation about Transracial Adoption with Beth Hall

Conversation about Transracial Adoption with Beth Hall

Today I had the pleasure of doing a live interview with Beth Hall, Executive Director and Founder of PACT An Adoption Alliance, www.pactadopt.org.  PACT is an organization serving adopted children of color by providing not only adoptive placement but lifelong education, support, and community for adoptees and their families on matters of adoption and race. Beth discussed the unique challenges that all adoptees face in coming to grips with their...

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“The Adoptee Poster Child” Gazillion Voices Issue 7

“The Adoptee Poster Child” Gazillion Voices Issue 7

In her recent interview in Gazillion Voices Issue Number 7, JaeRan Kim discusses the social construct of the “Adoptee Poster Child” exceptionalism. Her point is well taken. How often do we judge the adoptee from socially constructed myths of the “rags to riches” story that somehow the individual rises above a difficult situation to “pull himself up by his bootstraps.”. She ends the interview by constructing a...

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