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December 2, 2019
Does anyone know/has anyone heard of an independent adoption family getting adoption assistance? Our boys are special needs. The court system has been involved but they have never been in foster care. Adoption assistance would be helpful but more so for them to keep Medicaid. Thanks!

November 30, 2019
Hi, My name is Jayde, I'm in my 20s, I am British currently living in Australia. I have never had parents, I obviously have biological parents but they were both never ever acted like parents, they were extremely abusive and made my childhood and life hell. I won't go into detail on here, but I'm happy go fill you in as we get to know each other. I tried my best to make a good life for myself despite the terrible life they gave me, I went to university, had good jobs, travelled and made good experiences. However I often feel alone family wise I have a lot of great friends and am a very social person. I envy my friends that speak on the phone with their parents everyday, that have someone to call when the have a problem, or need some advice or comfort, to my friends this is not a big deal for them. To me they don't even realise how lucky they are, and how I would give anything for parents. I wish I knew about sites like this when I was younger. When I was child I would imagine a family would come and take me away from my parents, I dreamed of a real family, I prayed for it, I thought about it all time, but no one ever came. I hope now later in life I can still find a family. I have so much love to give, I really just want to be someones daughter. It's all I've ever wanted. I don't want money or anything like that I'm not looking for a hand out or to scam anyone. I just want some real parents. I want parents to spend time with, talk too, spend holidays and special occasions with, someone to walk me down the aisle one day and maybe be grandparents to my children one day. Parents to help me and give me advice and tell me what to do. Sit and relax with play board games watch films have dinner etc... As I said I am English and I've travelled alot, throughout Europe, Asia and currently in Australia but I'm happy to settle anywhere if I felt I had a real family I would prefer to be close to them. If anyone is interested please contact me Jayde_Jeorge@outlook.com Hope to hear from you :)

November 27, 2019
Hi, this is my first blog and I want to go straight into my issue. I'm a male in my 50's (who's always wanted the truth) in the UK. I recently traced my B/Mother and she employed a solicitor to say she didn't want contact. Whilst I respect privacy I need to know the truth about my B/Father; can I legally compel her to tell me? She lied on the adoption form about my B/Fathers identity….I took a DNA test and found that I wasn't half Spanish as she'd indicated. Any help would be very much appreciated.

Michelle MadridBranch
June 13, 2018
I’m not an adoption professional. What I am is an expert on how it feels to be adopted. I’m an international adoptee. I hold a wealth of knowledge and understanding about living in the skin of adoption. I was born in England. Not in London, but in a smaller place known as Bury St Edmunds. Bury St Edmunds is a town in West Suffolk on the River Lark. It is of an ancient ruin and is said to have been the site of a Roman villa and later a royal Saxon town. Bury St Edmunds is named for Saint Edmund—king of the East Angles—killed by the Danes around 870, and is buried there. I tell you this not because I’m a historian, but because I hold a deep sense of pride in where I am from and from where I was adopted. My bio mother delivered me into this world on a cold January morning. My bio father wasn’t at the delivery. He didn’t see the tears my mum cried; tears streaked with the heavy emotion of a mother preparing to relinquish her daughter to foster care. I wasn’t taken from my mum there at the little hospital in Bury St Edmunds. No, Mum cared for me for several days after my birth. Imagine, holding your baby, rocking your little one to sleep, touching tender-soft skin, smelling the sweet scent of your new child—all along knowing there would soon be a difficult goodbye. Imagine, feeling the touch of your mother and then having that taken from you. A child remembers these things, from a central and core place within. The severing is never forgotten. From the arms of my bio mother, I was placed into the arms of my foster mother. I have notes from my foster mother that I read to this day. Notes that are written in blue ink, on soft blue paper, neatly folded and placed into matching envelopes. My foster mother wrote of how I didn’t like my baths but loved being outside. She noted that I seemed to be content dressed in the beautiful sweaters and booties that my bio mother had knitted, during the months that I grew inside of her. My foster mother’s role was a temporary one, but also a critical one—offering stability and love to children like me who didn’t yet have a family to call their own. I’m told that she shed a tear when I was taken from her care. I’m told that she said she would miss me. Read full blogpost, here: http://michellemadridbranch.com/honoring-bio-foster-and-adoptive-mothers/ [img]https://adoption.com/community/PF.Base/file/attachment/2018/06/9fc3671cdf6824c096cceba699188de9_view.jpg[/img]

May 20, 2018
I was born in the Philippines in 1976 and adopted by an American military couple stationed at Clark Air Force Base (at the time of my adoption). I'm looking for my biological parents (which I do have this information- not sure of the creditable information). Does anyone know if there is a way to locate someone in the Philippines? I'm not sure if they are still alive. I also had older (2) siblings, according to one of many birth certificates. In addition, I would like to located them as well; however, I have no information on them. I would appreciate any information anyone might have. Thank you in advance.

May 11, 2018
Last fall I bought a 23andMe DNA for my wife as an anniversary gift. In March (about 7 weeks ago)she and her birth mother made first contact. We spent a lot of time chatting on the phone and skype. Then she came with her partner to visit and everything changed. They've been gone about 10 days and our house is now on the market and all of our things are being sold. My wife is moving in with her mom (in a different state) and I'm left out in the cold. She says that she just doesn't care about anything other than being with her mom. She doesn't know if she wants to be with me anymore, this is her entire life now. They won't engage with me at all and I just can't understand what I've done to make them hate me so much. No one has spoken to me or told me any reasons. I don't know what to do now. I am trying so hard to be understanding, but how can she throw away our marriage for something that she does not yet know? I would never try to come in between them, I just wanted some time with her too. I have tried to be supportive and I still do. I make myself scarce when they are talking and try not be pushy with any questions or demands, but I'm afraid my marriage is over. What do I do?

Michelle MadridBranch
May 9, 2018
“We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” ~Oprah Winfrey We live on a planet plagued by crisis. War, hunger, disease, exploitation, racism, gun violence—these are just a few of the headlines presented, daily, on news outlets worldwide. It’s seldom when we hear on our televisions, or read on our news tablets, of the crisis that I advocate on behalf of: the orphan crisis. This crisis has placed its grip on an estimated 17.8 million children around the globe: orphaned and vulnerable children in need of our care and attention. And, where there are orphaned and vulnerable children—there are also vulnerable and marginalized mothers. The continent of Africa is geographically some ten-thousand miles away from where I live, in California. Yet, the very heart of Africa is snuggled next to me, and sleeping, as I write these words. My daughter was once one of the 17.8 million orphaned children in the world. She was born in Ethiopia. In 2010, when she was 10-months old, I became her mother. There is no sweeter gift than being the woman that my girl calls Mommy. Through her zest for life, I have learned to expand the horizons of my own capabilities. My daughter sees no limits to what she can accomplish in her life—no boundaries on her dreams. Every girl, every woman, should feel just as free and empowered! The truth is—they don’t. Women and girls remain vulnerable in countless corners of the world. Mothers are crying, dying, exploited, exposed, marginalized and left with little choice but to orphan their children. The exploitation and discrimination of women and girls are directly impacting an ever-growing orphan crisis. If the numbers of desperate, abandoned, and orphaned children are on the increase, so too are the numbers of desperate, abandoned, and isolated mothers. The two are intricately interwoven. Read full blogpost, here: http://michellemadridbranch.com/helping-mothers-rise-addressing-the-root-cause-of-the-orphan-crisis/ [img]https://adoption.com/community/PF.Base/file/attachment/2018/05/783f9b255655b2a35ef7826f9b7803e1_view.jpg[/img]