Among the boxes of Kleenex, the 10-cent spiral notebooks and multicolored dry-erase markers, among the smell of brand-new denim and the return of the PB&J, is the well-known stress (coupled with relief) that comes with the start of a new school year. For families formed through adoption, this stress is especially complicated.
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A few months ago, the Our Children program, Raising Black Children Across Racial Lines brought together transracial adoptees and adoptive parents. Together, they discussed the unique issues brought about when white parents raise children of color. Some recurrent themes stood out ...
There is no fixed definition for "normal" behavior. It varies by person, time, place and situation. Challenges may crop up for your family that therapists in The Cradle’s Center for Lifelong Adoption Support (CLAS) can help you work through.
The Adoptive Family Weekend is full and we will not be taking anymore registrations. If you would like to be informed about next year's event please email us at AdoptiveFamilyWeekend@gmail.com and request to be put on our mailing list. Thank you!
If you’re an adult adoptee, 18 years or older, and looking for a way to connect with the adoption community please consider helping out at The Cradle’s Adoptive Family Weekend. The weekend is over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4, up at the YMCA Minikani in Hubertus, Wisconsin (20 mins north of Milwaukee).
In 2014, I walked into my position as a work-study intern for The Cradle completely new to the whole “adoption thing.” When I thought of adoption, I pictured families journeying to far-off countries to bring their children home, or young adults searching for birth parents who have been absent their whole lives. About certain aspects I wasn’t far off.
Just saw this question in a popular advice column Ask Amy and had to add our 2 cents.
There has been a flurry of news lately regarding states’ rights, adoption and same-gender families. While it is fine for adults to debate where the line between church and state may lie, and what should be legal and what not, it is concerning to us as child welfare professionals that too often the rights of the child are being short-changed.
Countries open and close programs, change rules about who can adopt, and seem to be cavalier about the well-being of their orphaned children. It is typical for children already home to have questions and concerns surrounding these changes.
For non-conspicuous adoptive families, strangers typically do not ask them intrusive questions at the park and in the grocery store; their child does not have to explain to her friends why she doesn’t look like her mom and dad. Find out why it's important to tell your child he or she was adopted.