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.
bMom broke away from bDad and ran the last few steps, grabbed me in a hug. I lost it. Tears steamed down my face. I remember
She's My Girl, Just As If She Were Born To Us Written by Andrew for Portrait of an Adoption Parenting Katie has been a pleasure
Finally knowing my birthmom and talking to her has helped me write my own daughter her most recent birthday letter. I pray
My heart is racing, my neck muscles are tight, my toes are tapping and I am grateful to have something to keep my fingers
One by one, many of my friends’ children were having babies, and even though I was happy for them, it often felt like a stab
Why My Son Has A Closed Adoption Written by Anonymous for Portrait of an Adoption The last time I saw his birth parents was
Portrait of an Adoption is hosted by Carrie Goldman, author of Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know
I know an open adoption is not for everyone, but it works perfectly for my family. I would go absolutely insane if I didn’t
I had to wait for friends from the next class to help me out of my desk. I was humiliated. In fact, I was ashamed every day
Find the Portrait of an Adoption community on Facebook. Follow Carrie Goldman on Twitter. This is the twenty-first post of
It’s a bit pie in the sky, isn’t it? And yet, it’s what I believe and need to have faith in during this process. Those brownies
Finally, in desperation, my wife turned to a friend she met online who worked as a private investigator. One week later, she
Find the Portrait of an Adoption community on Facebook. Follow Carrie Goldman on Twitter. After much worry and fear, we decided
About two weeks short of two years later, we finally had our adoption hearing. In a courtroom full of our family members