Category Archives: Trauma

How to be a Good Friend to a Parent of a Child Who Has Been Through Trauma

How to be a Good Friend to a Parent of a Child Who Has Been Through Trauma

Chances are good that you know a person parenting a child who has been through tremendous or ongoing trauma (You can read SAMHSA’s “Types of Trauma” here). Perhaps your delightful playdate pal becomes embroiled in a nasty divorce and you discover their relationship was fraught with abuse. Maybe your favorite “ladies night out” girlfriend adopts aContinue Reading

14 Reasons Why This Adoptive Parent is not a Fan of the Drop Box Hype

14 Reasons Why This Adoptive Parent is not a Fan of the Drop Box Hype

The Drop Box film has enjoyed substative popularity in the United States. As a mother of transracially adopted children, I have been asked frequently what I thought of the movie and the idea. Each question is clearly punctuated by a resounding sigh full of positivity and tearful bubble hearts. I have not seen the movie. IContinue Reading

An International Adoptee Bill of Social Rights

An International Adoptee Bill of Social Rights

Recently, my daughter, her sprained ankle, and I sat and listened as the emergency room doctor told us all about how Haitians had ruined Haiti. Since he was at the time in possession of my daughter’s swollen, tenuous ankle, we were, of course, a captive audience. Once her ankle was safely wrapped and out of his hands, however,Continue Reading

Parenting African Heathens is Super Hard

Parenting African Heathens is Super Hard

Parenting African heathens is super hard. A couple, the Barbours of Pennsylvania*, were so overwhelmed by it that they abused their children, but only the ones they’d adopted from Ethiopia. They beat and starved them, causing seizures from head trauma in one and malnutrition in the other. Well, their trial has officially ended. Did you guessContinue Reading

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