Changing the Culture of Shame

Changing the Culture of Shame

On a recent trip from D.C., I took my seat on the plane and started to play my usual “Guess Their Story” game in my head. An older man took his seat next to me. Based on a handful of clues (brown sport coat, jeans, Apple laptop, messenger bag) I guessed that he was a...
Why We Should Care

Why We Should Care

Engaging with Adoption as an “Outsider” Besides having close friends who have adopted a child, I don’t have any personal experience with adoption. A couple of my extended family members and friends have adopted or been adopted, but it was never a...
Puzzle Pieces – Part 2

Puzzle Pieces – Part 2

  A little more than eight years have passed since that life-changing visit with my Birth Mother, Robin. I’ve spent many hours processing our time together and pondering how we fit into one another’s lives. Relationships are complicated. Adoption is also...
Puzzle Pieces – Part 1

Puzzle Pieces – Part 1

I remember the day as though it were yesterday. I was so nervous. Pacing the kitchen floor, trying to find a way to occupy myself as I waited. “I am about to meet my birth mom,” I thought to myself. This was a day I had played out in my mind for 15 years. Even...
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