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What Should We Tell the Kids?

P.O. Box 90318, Indianapolis, IN 46290 USA * (317)872-3055 *Email: by Pat Johnston ... [more]


First we got the call from Sophia's teacher: "Sophia hasn't been concentrating for two days. This morning when we had a break, the kids were playing Mancala. Sophia accused Elena of ch... [more]

Let's Pretend

You know how your parents tell you stories about yourself? Stories about things you did or things that happened in the family? Those stories become fables, signposts in our lives.... When ... [more]

Speaking of Birth Parents

Five years ago, our lives changed forever. We both became mothers. Our sons, born only one month a part, are both adopted. One of us, Marta, is a birth mother; the other, Beth, is an adopti... [more]

Straight Talk

For me, being adopted is part of who I am. It is a part of my life experience. I have heard much anger and defensiveness from adoptive parents when adoption is talked about in a negative wa... [more]

Post Adoption Services

Caseworkers often perceive placement of a child in an adoptive family as the endof the work. Although placement may signal the end of the child's sojourn withinthe child welfare system, in ... [more]

The Life Story

Every individual is entitled to his or her own history. It is difficult to grow up to be a psychologically-healthy adult without having had to one's own history. Traditionally, the family ... [more]

Fathering Adopted Children

"The most you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes." - Harold B. Lee After reading stories and ideas in this section, please take about... [more]

Open Adoption Playbook

The dynamics of an open adoption relationship can be complex and demanding. This isn’t to say that the work isn’t rewarding. Like any relationship, its very foundation should be... [more]

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