Two Hearts: An Adoptee’s Journey Through Grief to Gratitude

June 5, 2012

There are often ramifications from the loss(es) suffered by having been adopted, having nothing to do with how the child is raised within his or her family. Feelings of rejection, shame and, issues with control, intimacy and identity can manifest within the adoptee, regardless of whether he or she has been raised within a loving […]

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Lost and Found: The Adoptee’s Voice

January 13, 2012

To be found implies you have been lost. Many adoptees express that they feel or have felt lost, due to loss. Adult adoptees’ insights and experiences should not be ignored or disregarded; however they often are. Adult adoptees’ stories, sometimes painful or joyful or mixed, are valid. They should be invited to the “table” and […]

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Review of What To Expect From Your Adopted Tween

September 17, 2011

Michelle McNally, a mom to two wonderful children through open adoption, recently shared a review of my e-guide, What To Expect From Your Adopted Tween, on The Open Adoption Examiner. Michelle parents young kiddos, pre-tween. She is representative of the parents that my new e-guide is written for. “As an adoptive parent I read Judy […]

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Adoption Nation: Revised and Updated

May 12, 2011

It was almost ten years ago that Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution Is Transforming America was published. Adam Pertman, author and executive director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Adoption Institute, felt enough had changed in adoption to warrant a revised and updated edition. I have the first edition of Adoption Nation. I found it […]

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The Best for You

May 14, 2010

I just finished reading The Best for You, written by Kelsey Stewart.  Written in a conversational first voice and from Stewart’s perspective as a birthmother, the book candidly and warmly speaks to the child who was adopted, answering the questions I have heard my children ask: “Why didn’t she keep me? and “Did she love […]

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