portrait of an adoption

Forming a community of parents, writing about our agonizing moments of self-doubt and shame when we lose it and scream back at our screamers, allow us to feel less alone during the isolating and terrifying journey of raising babies and young kids.
On opening night, our family of five went to see The Jungle Book. The excitement among the kids was palpable. I sat between my oldest and youngest daughters, one my beloved through adoption, another my beloved through the biology of my body.
It was the first night of Passover, and I was trying to coax my four-year-old into a clean outfit for the Seder. Her polka-dotted tank top from two summers ago and mismatched biking shorts didn't seem appropriate for a formal religious dinner on a cold evening in Chicago.
She couldn't eat, wouldn't eat. Lived on nothing. Never cried, never indicated hunger. Test after test, specialist after specialist, and she grew thinner and thinner. But her wide smile never wavered.
Many prospective parents make a vow to be the perfect mom or dad, that is until they have kids and reality sets in. Carrie Goldman joins Alicia to discuss.
Before I had kids, I possessed many ideas about what kind of parent I would be. Below are ten of those assumptions -- and the reality that followed, post-kids.
I told Brad that weekend that I’d found them. He was pretty stunned, but seemed excited and interested. He spoke to them
Portrait of an Adoption is hosted by Carrie Goldman, author of Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know
For nine long months, I hid this information from everyone. I managed to get away with wearing baggy clothes, and nobody
It was hard to not hear from her, to wonder what she is thinking, but this time is so sacred and I would hate to impose on
Since the boys were preemies, they had extensive medical records, and the birth mother had already relinquished her legal
I know I screwed up by contacting them. I thought it would make this better for them, but instead, I made it worse. For that
What I hear is that raising a child who isn't your own in any way is preferable to making someone else's kid become an actual
I hope to be there if she starts a family of her own, and I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without Carrie and Andrew
Next: "For me, it was love at first sight." With Sunnyridge, I felt cared for, as a birthmother. Not like I was just a means
I had never heard her sound so genuine. I actually believed her. I believed she was finally ready to take that step. I was
Portrait of an Adoption is hosted by Carrie Goldman, author of Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know
In my own nuclear family, I have encountered both of these situations. My wife was born in October 1970 and placed for adoption
That is the question. My heretical play on Hamlet’s words here seems almost as dire and overwhelming (to me, anyway) as his
In our country, as a whole, there is such a need for loving and caring foster families. There is also a need to be realistic