Why I Can’t Recommend Adopting Internationally

I adopted my two children from Ethiopia four years ago. Since then, I have developed a network of friends who have adopted internationally, and they have been invaluable as resources and sounding boards. Read More Why I Can’t Recommend Adopting Internationally

Identifying the Most Dangerous International Adopters

Recently, I came across a GoFundMe for a middle-class family of six that was adopting five siblings from an emerging nation. Their friends and members of their church had set up the fund to help them, and the writeup was gushing about how selfless and wonderful the family was to do that. It was an inspiration. Read More Identifying the Most Dangerous International Adopters

So, You Have a Question About My Choice of International Adoption

I tend to be pretty polite when people ask me about international adoption. I assume that people are eager to learn, and I’m flattered that they are interested in my children and choices. However, there are some questions that I know are just plain lazy, or ignorantly combative. Read More So, You Have a Question About My Choice of International Adoption

News in Asia

We are back after taking last week off due to the Memorial Day weekend. I spent the weekend in Nashville, TN with my family and large quantities of alcohol (sometimes a necessity for large family gatherings.) My Southern accent came back with a vengeance and I discovered I truly hate Darius Rucker’s cover of “Wagon Wheel” by OCMS. Read More News in Asia

So You Are Considering International Adoption: What You Should Know

Several years ago, my husband and I adopted two children from an African country. I am a researcher by trade, so I did my best to figure out what would be needed (in addition to the financial part). I took parenting courses. I learned how to deal with a transracial family (before anyone freaks out, transracial is the term used by adoption agencies and the U.S. government to describe the phenomenon of children of one color being adopted by parents of another color). But nothing prepared me for what I was going to face. Read More So You Are Considering International Adoption: What You Should Know