Welcome to our new monthly Advocate profile, offering you a chance to get to know some of the folks who hold space and offer unconditional support on our national toll-free Talkline. This month we introduce Kelly, our longest running Talkline Advocate, who started volunteering back in 2007! How, … [Read more...] about Talkline Advocate profile: Kelly
This post is the third in a three-part discussion of adoption research featured at the Adoption Initiative’s conference. (Check out Part I and Part II) After the plenary sessions, the conference had some surprising moments. For example, one panelist spoke passionately from her personal experience … [Read more...] about Race, Religion, and Rescue in Adoption (Part III: Surprises and Takeaways)
What do we mean when we say “birth mother”? The answer might seem very self-evident: it means we’re talking about a woman whose child was placed for adoption. Yet, language is a very important tool, not just in conveying truths, but in constructing them – and this is part of the reason why the … [Read more...] about What do we mean when we say “birth mother”?
This post is the second in a three-part discussion of adoption research featured at the Adoption Initiative’s conference. The second plenary speaker, Jae Ran Kim (social worker, researcher, and blogger formerly known as Harlow's Monkey), opened with the story of her adoption. Or, as she called it, … [Read more...] about Race, Religion, and Rescue in Adoption (Part II: Starfish and Dragons)