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Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
Like many couples, John Calhoun and Carly Bates found their way to adoption after experiencing infertility.It wasn’t an out-of-left-field choice for them, though. Carly says she told John on their first date that she wanted to adopt. It just took them a few years to get there. They knew they wanted to experience what it was like to  parent a newborn, so they chose to pursue local infant adoption through an agency. Just four months after
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
At the beginning of our adoption, emotions were high, birth family visits were frequent, and roles were unclear. Well-meaning friends and family members suggested that it might just be “a whole lot easier if our adoption was closed.” We could bond with our baby without interference, and the birth parents could “get on with their lives.”We also knew other adoptive parents who were quietly relieved that they would never have to meet the birth
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
Hn’ skʷést Npànkìtc a (My traditional name is Npànkìtc a) and my English name is Loren Sahara. Nłeʔkepmxkn Scw̓éxmxkn ncéweʔ (I am from the Nłeʔkepmx Nation – people of the creeks).As an Indigenous person, a Caring for First Nations Children Society (CFNCS) instructor, and an adoptive parent, I have  been witness to a powerful journey of discovery in relation to adopting Indigenous children and the various struggles and triumphs that come
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
What a difference three years can make.We recently attended an interracial adoptive families get together. It is a valuable resource for all of us. Our daughter gets to see other families that look like ours, and my wife and I get to hear other experiences that help us realize we’re not doing that badly.We were asked if our daughter had experienced any trauma and the immediate response was “no”. But then thinking about it, there certainly has
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
Colleen and her husband of 17 years, Jussi, live on Vancouver Island. Colleen, a former foster parent for over 20 years, also has three grown children and three grandkids. Her oldest daughter was a neighborhood kid that came for the weekend and stayed for 28 years, according to Colleen. “We have no legal paperwork, but she’s not any less ours,” she adds.Colleen and Jussi considered adoption for over a decade until, as empty-nesters, the couple
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
Dear People Who Have, or May, Come Into Contact with My Daughter,Thank you so much for your interest in my daughter’s hair. Yes, it is beautiful, and we both appreciate your compliments. Yes, she’s very patient and has no problem sitting to have her hair done. She’s been getting her hair done since she was very small and knows of nothing else; her hair regime is a fact of life, and she doesn’t see it as the burden that you do. Nor do I.While
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
1. Adoption is different in personAs the former editor of Focus on Adoption, I attended conferences, transracial adoptee panels, and attachment workshops. I worked closely with adoptive parents and adoptees. I listened and wrote their stories. I thought I knew everything there was to know about adoption. That was before we adopted our son, Theo, at birth in an open adoption. That’s when the full force of living adoption hit me. Nothing could
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
I am the white parent of a 12-year-old boy who is African-Canadian. How do I support him in dealing with stereotypes about Black men and youth?The best way to deal with stereotypes is to understand them, provide counter-examples, talk about it openly, understand that not everything that may look or sound like a stereotype, actually is one, and to become a social activist.Understanding stereotypes will increase your ability to spot them as well
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
We are pleased to share with you some information on adoption. We hope it will help us all to celebrate the adoption in our family and to welcome our new arrival.Adoption ABCsAdoption is a legal and social process whereby one or two adults become the parent(s) of a child. Once a child is adopted, they are the same as any birth children in terms of the law and parental responsibility.The lack of blood ties is no barrier to love--this fact is
Source: Focus on Adoption magazine
Since Harriet Fancott adopted a baby last year, she's had time to reflect on what, despite all her preparation, she wasn't prepared for.Adoption is parentingI wish I’d known more about the realities of parenting a newborn baby before adopting. We were so focused on the details and issues surrounding adoption that the minutiae and stress of parenting came as a real shock. I was well-versed in transracial issues, openness, the legal process, and

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