Portraits of an Adoption: The Bigger Picture

The Huffington Post invites readers to participate in an online adoption series on their website called “30 Adoption Portraits in 30 days,” featuring a wide collection of stories and real voices that show a diversity of personal experiences from those who have been touched by adoption and the adoption process.

It is an adaptation of the original annual blog series, “Portraits of an Adoption”, hosted by author Carrie Goldman. She is a regular blogger for The Huffington Post, ChicagoNow, and Psychology Today, and her work has been featured by NPR, CNN Headline News, and a number of sources. Coming from all over the nation, these stories tell tales of laughter, excitement, anticipation, and unforgettable reunions,  making the series one not to be missed.

Stories like that of Chad Cottle who, after losing his adoptive mother in his mid-twenties, began the search for his birthmom and waited years to obtain his birth certificate after the Open Adoption Law in the state of Oregon passed in 1998. Joy overcame him when he finally learned his birthmother’s name, and without hesitation, searched on the internet for more information about her. The search led to a nerve-wracking but warm reception from his birthparents, and became an illustrated example of how technology has brought new possibilities to the world of open adoption.

On the other hand, some stories tell of those who still face the continuing challenges of the adoption process. Like Cindy, who placed her son Zachary for closed adoption with a local Catholic Charity and experienced isolation from not knowing whether or not she was entitled to the information about her child. Or the story from an anonymous birthmother who shares her anguish in agreeing to let a close friend adopt her baby with an open agreement to visit him anytime she wanted, but felt an overwhelming grief and isolation during the process and visitations. Stories like these emphasize the importance of working with experienced counselors who can provide support in times of need.

Overall, the series weaves a diversity of adoption experiences together, finding a common thread where adoptive parents, birthparents, and adoptees from all walks of life come together to share their stories of transformation through adoption.

For the full link to the series, click here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/portrait-of-an-adoption

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