Advocating

An Exercise for Shifting Perspective on Adoption Loss

September 18, 2014

This post is shares one of the exercises that I and many other adoption educators, social workers, and parent coaches have used to facilitate easing parents into the “pay attention” mindset when preparing to adopt or parenting their adopted child. Adoption is seeded in loss. In other words adoption cannot happen unless there is loss. […]

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I Believe…

December 31, 2013

Amidst winter’s flurries and the waning hours of 2013 I reflect on what a year it has been while looking ahead to the coming days, weeks and months of 2014. I believe: Children are our future. Children possess clear voices and are astute observers of what goes on around and involves them. They are mirrors […]

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Overthinking It?

September 16, 2013

Today I’m wearing both my parent  and educator “hats.” I had an interesting and lively conversation with my oldest daughter during a very long drive home from a soccer match this past weekend. I share this because it’s unusual for three reasons: 1)   Her siblings weren’t in the car to interrupt us. 2)   She didn’t […]

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Can Open Adoption Ideas Apply to International Adoption Situations? Part 2

July 19, 2013

Today I’m hosting the second day of three-part series examining how we can apply the concepts of openness to international adoption. Parenting the adopted child is where I focus so when I was asked to team up with Laura Dennis, author of Adopted Reality, A Memoir and Lori Holden, author (with Chrystal Hass) of The […]

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I Am Not Trayvon Martin

July 16, 2013

I hesitate to even begin to speak of this travesty, because I wasn’t there the night Trayvon was killed. I wasn’t present during the trial to listen to the facts and arguments of both sides. I wasn’t in the room while the jury deliberated, eventually handing down a “not guilty” verdict. Trayvon’s death has brought […]

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A Few Thoughts on Mothering and Openness

May 12, 2013

I’ve just “landed” from what I consider to be quite the whirlwind of activity—two national conferences (presenting at the American Adoption Congress), two local TV segments, and co-producing and directing the local debut of Listen To Your Mother (it was a smash success!). This Mother’s Day I am in an interesting “place.” Motherhood has been […]

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