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Families Share: How We Help Our Kids Connect to Their Birth Culture

Families Share: How We Help Our Kids Connect to Their Birth Culture

Real families share how they help their transracially and transculturally adopted kids learn about their heritage. ...

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Personal Story: “How My Son Learned to Play”

Personal Story: “How My Son Learned to Play”

There was no time for fun in the orphanage. But at home in America, four-year-old Jesse discovered water balloons, trampolines—and his inner Hercules. ...

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Personal Story: “Why Tae Kwon Do?”

Personal Story: “Why Tae Kwon Do?”

So far, each step I have taken into my future daughter's world has taught me nearly as much about myself as it has about her culture. ...

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Personal Story: “My Asian Book Club Turned Into an Adoption Support Group”

Personal Story: “My Asian Book Club Turned Into an Adoption Support Group”

Part of a book club that skews in membership towards moms who’ve adopted children from Asian countries, this writer discusses her experiences with the group and shares some of the ...

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Personal Story: “Bringing Helen Home from Ethiopia”

Personal Story: “Bringing Helen Home from Ethiopia”

She was a motherless five-year-old living in an Ethiopian orphanage. The package in her hands promised a brighter future. ...

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Personal Story: “Journeying to Calcutta to Explore My Birth Heritage”

Personal Story: “Journeying to Calcutta to Explore My Birth Heritage”

Despite my parents’ urging, I had always rejected my Indian identity. At 21, I learned to embrace it. ...

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Personal Story: “A Christening Ceremony to Cement My Daughter’s Place in Our Family”

Personal Story: “A Christening Ceremony to Cement My Daughter’s Place in Our Family”

The moment I felt I became Eva's forever mother and for Eva, adopted from the Ukraine, being my forever daughter. ...

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Personal Story: “Did My Son’s Birth Mother Give Him His Love of Music?”

Personal Story: “Did My Son’s Birth Mother Give Him His Love of Music?”

Toby’s intense love of music makes me wonder whether he was surrounded by music before he was born. Did his birth mother sing lullabies to him in utero? ...

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Personal Story: “Our Pet Dog Reinforces the Permanence of Our Family”

Personal Story: “Our Pet Dog Reinforces the Permanence of Our Family”

Hugging our new dog, my daughter learns that no matter what the behavior, our family is forever. By Mary Zisk I hate him! I want to give him back! I wish we never adopted him!” My ...

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Personal Story: “We ARE Real Brother and Sister”

Personal Story: “We ARE Real Brother and Sister”

Jared was seven when his sister Janelle joined the family by adoption. Now 18, he gives us a rare look at what the experience meant to a young boy. In the manner of children, his ...

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