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Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
Are you thinking of adopting a sibling group? Before you decide, ask the following:Am I ready to love children to whom I have not given birth?Am I committed to adoption?Am I comfortable accepting the fact that the birth family exists and will be important to the children, whether I know them or not?Am I prepared to meet the birth family and have some form of communication with them for my children's sake?Will I support my children if they want
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
An unexpected questionI thought the most difficult thing my son could ever say to me was “You’re not my real mom,” but the question that really threw me for a loop was something completely different. We were driving to daycare when out of the blue, my brown-skinned, afro-haired, almost five-yearold son said innocently, “Mommy, I was white when I was a baby?”“Um, what? No! Huh?” Tire screech, deep breath. I figured I had about
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
Counselling Therapist Geoff Ayi-Bonte, registered clinical counsellor, answers your questions on adoption, family dynamics, and transracial families.Q: I’m fed up with doing all the work around adoption in our family. My partner and I want to adopt again, but when I ask him to become more involved, he says okay, but doesn’t follow up. How can I get him more involved?A: There are three dimensions to this issue, each very important: parenting
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
Most new adoptive parents are between the ages of 30 and 50. That can make it difficult when adoptive parents are much younger.Thanks to the recent publicity around celebrity adoption, some people claim that adoption has become the latest parenting trend.That sort of comment annoys adoptive parent Laura Livingstone. As a 25-year-old parent she’s heard similar remarks all too often, and not just from people outside the adoption community.“I get
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
When Maya Benson took her four children to Jane Brown’s Adoption Playshops, she thought it would be the kids that would do all the learning! How wrong she was.Earlier this year, I decided it would be a great idea to take my kids to one of Jane Brown’s Adoption Playshops when she visited the Lower Mainland. I thought our children could discuss their experiences with other kids who were also adopted.At the end of the parents’ debriefing, before
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
In the third of our series, we present the edited diary of Mary Ella who is in Korea with her husband Wayne, only hours away from meeting their long-awaited daughter, Hee Young (Leelee)—at least that’s what they think…Day No. 5, June 28We didn’t really know what was going to happen today.Our social worker, Mrs Kang asked us to come to her office at 9:30 am. We admitted to each other that we were both extremely nervous. In the elevator, we
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
Leach Buchholz shares her thoughts on her adoption from Korea and her quest to discover answers. The day I met Leah Buchholz at a Vancouver coffee house it was her birthday—at least she thinks it was—she’s not quite sure. The exact day she was born is one of the many answers that this thought­ful young woman, adopted from Korea almost 20 years ago, is on a quest to discover.Leah, a speech language pathology student at UBC, says that if she could
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
In the second of our series, we present the edited diary of Mary Ella who is in Korea with her husband Wayne, only hours away from meeting their long-awaited daughter, Leelee—at least that’s what they think…Day #3, June 28Well, today is the big day! I am trying really hard to keep my excitement at bay. We don’t know exactly what will happen, but Wayne feels they won’t let us have Leelee until tomorrow. I agree, but I had better be prepared. I
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
Lisa Gunderson is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who focuses on multicultural issues. She is an award-winning educator and inclusivity consultant for educational and organizational institutions. During her Ph.D. in clinical psychology, she specialized in issues for minoritized youth, including ethnic identity. We asked Dr. Gunderson your questions about identity.I am raising an adopted child of a different race in a community that is not
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
A timeline of one youth’s life from adoption, through foster care, and into independence, as told to Mary Caros.Author’s note: This account started out as an interview with a youth as a way to allow her to give voice to her life experience. There is more to this story—and more to all of our life histories— than one person’s subjective experience. Our recollection of life events are often affected by the time and space in which we remember them.

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