1. How I Use the Internet to Build Families | Hank Fortener
It’s the pain inside of you, the mark the world left on you, that is the mark that you will then leave on the world. Ask yourself the question “What mark do I have, what scars do I have and how can those develop into a passion to accomplish something for the world”?
Hank Fortener is the CEO & Founder of AdoptTogether.org.
2. An Adoption Story | Jillian Lauren
Jillian takes a humorous & insightful look at
- Adoptee’s Sense of Identity
- Nature vs. Nurture
- Interracial Adoption
- Myths & Misconceptions about Adoption
Jillian Lauren discusses her family’s journey through the adoption of her son and her unique perspective as both an adoptive mother and adopted child. Though adoption has come a long way through the years, there is still a long way to go with many children still in need of a home. Join her on her reflections on family, identity, and most importantly, love.
Jillian Lauren is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and the novel, Pretty. Some Girls has been translated into 17 different languages and is currently being adapted into a Lifetime movie. Her next memoir, Everything You Ever Wanted, is coming out from Plume/Penguin in 2015. Jillian has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Magazine, Salon, and The Moth Anthology, among others. She is a regular storyteller with The Moth. Jillian blogs about motherhood and writing at whatever else she feels like at her award-winning blog: jillianlauren.com/blog
3. A Child of the State | Lemn Sissay
Literature has long been fascinated with fostered, adopted and orphaned children, from Moses to Cinderella to Oliver Twist to Harry Potter. So why do many parentless children feel compelled to hide their pasts? Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay tells his own moving story.
4. My Two Mums (The Myths of Gay Adoption) | Lynne Elvins
When people announce they are going to have children – the normal reaction is “congratulations!” When you’re a gay couple who announce that you are going to adopt, you can get a very different reaction.
Lynne and her partner Emma, became the first gay couple to be approved for adoption in Bristol, UK, in 2004. Lynne takes us on the incredibly moving and thought-provoking journey her family embarked on with their adopted son Steven.
She also addresses the media headlines and myths around same-sex parenting, the machinations of the adoption process and society’s ingrained assumptions about gender roles.
5. Rethinking Foster Care: Molly McGrath Tierney
Molly McGrath Tierney is the Director for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, managing the City’s child welfare and public assistance programs. Over the past six years, she has led a massive reform effort to dramatically improve the impact of services to vulnerable citizens of Baltimore. Molly’s work is considered a national model for modern social services.
Molly McGrath Tierney was the Director for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, managing the City’s child welfare and public assistance programs. Over the past six years, she has led a massive reform effort to dramatically improve the impact of services to vulnerable citizens of Baltimore. Molly’s work is considered a national model for modern social services.
6. The Tragedy of Orphanages | Georgette Mulheir
Orphanages are costly and can cause irreparable damage both mentally and physically for its charges — so why are they still so ubiquitous? Georgette Mulheir gravely describes the tragedy of orphanages and urges us to end our reliance on them, by finding alternate ways of supporting children in need.
7. AdoptEd | Rebecca Galler
People who are adopted experience judgment and battle preconceived notions about what it is like to be adopted and how it forms your character. How can we change our perspective to see people who are adopted in a more positive light?
Rebecca Galler is a junior at Huron High School. Rebecca enjoys acting in plays with The Huron Players, drawing, and writing. Rebecca is adopted and through her experiences of seeing how adopted people are judged and portrayed everywhere it inspired her to speak about adoption in order to educate people on the topic to try to help break the stereotypes on adoption. Rebecca hopes to pursue the field of interior design, and possibly psychology.
If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy:
During our training to become fost-adopt parents we heard a lot of grim stories... My husband and I completed our certification and prepared for the worst. We were fostering with the intent to adopt and and heard story after story of families caring for two, three or...
Remember... You're Not Alone "Feeling scared to ask people for money? Me too!" Most of the families I have talked with about starting their AdoptTogether crowd fundraising say, “I am nervous to ask people for money.” I felt the same way when we started crowd...
Andrea Wittig's family was the first family ever to fundraise for their adoption on AdoptTogether. The Wittigs were able to crowdfund over $35,000 to adopt their child form Uganda. Watch her interview here with our AdoptTogether Editorial Team and learn how you can...
The Basics A home study is a document telling the story of your family: who you are (both past and present), what values you hold, what your finances are like, your health history, your reasons for adopting, how you plan to parent, etc. An approved home study means...
As I sit watching the snowflakes falling outside my kitchen window my mind to wanders back to the time when my husband and I were adopting. So here come my thoughts... Adoption is a process. We talk about adoption as though it is one thing. That one thing is finding a...
Char Williams always knew she wanted to adopt, it was plan A to her. In fact it was the only plan she had for making her family. When she was in her late 30s, her two-year relationship ended. She was dating a guy who had kids from his first marriage but he knew she...
About five years ago I stumbled upon a blog by a lovely young woman and her young husband who recounted their story of adopting their daughter from Uganda. I spent hours reading every post about their daughter. I was so moved by the mother’s heart, her yearning to be...
1. Be Present During the pre-placement process... I really enjoyed having the company of the adoptive parents. My parents lived in another state at the time and I had a 2 year old so I really appreciated their help as they would watch my son while I had counseling...
After encountering various challenges with adopting through LA County, we decided that going through a private agency was a better choice for our family. We also knew that there were hundreds of agencies out there and were slightly overwhelmed by the process of...
1. Open to Adoptive Parents of all Backgrounds South Africa is open to all types of adoptive parents– single men & women, married and unmarried couples, and LGBTQ parents. The South Africa government is committed to a practice of non-discrimination and we’ve seen...