Category Archives: Parenting After Trauma (Child)

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

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

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

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