Category Archives: Haiti

Thoughts on Telling Stories — Branding? Exploiting? Validating? Healing?

Thoughts on Telling Stories — Branding? Exploiting? Validating? Healing?

I’ve gone through and edited and/or privatized a good portion of my blog. I am worried, you see, about turning my family into a brand, about exploiting them and their stories to entice readers and clicks so that I can fulfill my dream of being a paid writer. I started this blog to chronicle our journey of home learning,Continue Reading

Racism Within the Transracial Adoption Community

Racism Within the Transracial Adoption Community

The most blatantly racist people I have personally known are white parents who adopted black children. Calm down. This does not mean that every single white parent who has adopted black children is rabidly racist (although I do think every white person, by virtue of equal parts privilege and osmosis alone, needs to examine theirContinue Reading

What They Didn’t Teach us in Adoption Classes about Raising Black children

What They Didn’t Teach us in Adoption Classes about Raising Black children

In preparation for adoption, we took multiple classes through our agency.  We learned everything from general care of children (the easy part)  to honoring our children’s cultures and how to work through the emotional needs of children who join a family through adoption. With regards to adoption of black children by white parents, they warnedContinue Reading

Family Day, Part III: After

Family Day, Part III: After

July 30, 2003 We did not sleep our first night as parents.  I watched the children militantly, monitoring their breath, their heartbeat, their temperature.  I was their mother, their co-mother, the other mother in their lives. The thought continued to circle around me, enveloping me like the humidity. We ate white watermelon, toast, and eggs for breakfast.Continue Reading

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