A Dad Tells How the Adoption Phone Call Instantly Changed His Life


Sean O’Donnell was one phone call away from an instantaneous change in his life. Because it had happened once before did not seem to matter. Here’s why.

To The Lady Who Called My Toddler a ‘Thug’

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“I knew he would inevitably face discrimination. What I didn’t realize was how early in my son’s life he would be stereotyped, labeled and feared.”

A Dad Speaks About Adoption and the Amazing Power of Nurture


A dad who adopted his son observes the difference between children of nature and the children of nurture. He likes what he sees.

How a Dad Got the Kid Who Already Lived in His Heart


Sean O’Donnell had two great desires, one to eat a lot of donuts and the other to become a dad. Here is how one of those, the most important one, came true.

Flip the Script: An Adoption Video


Several adoptees provide their personal views on adoption and stress the importance of having their voices heard as part of the conversation.

Adam Chandler Crawford: Everything Changes


Welcome to Portraits of Fatherhood: We’re telling the story of today’s dads. __ There is no better place to witness the changing roles of men and women in the larger culture than through the lens of parenthood. But rather than speculate on what and how contemporary fathers do what they do, we’d like to bring […]

The Dads Who Sought to Adopt Hard-to-Place Kids and Why They Did It


Stories of kids at risk for suicide and susceptible to bullying touched the hearts of these two dads. They resolved to do something about it — to create a home.

You Really Think You Know What You Would Do?

Down Syndrome

An Armenian woman abandoned her child with Down Syndrome. Why are we so sure she had a choice?

Meeting My Birth Mother For The First Time

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The next stop on Tom Andriola’s search: meet his birth mom.

How Can Asian America Ever Be Represented in (White) American Media?


Matthew Salesses offers an adoptee’s take on ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ and explains the hope that comes with seeing someone like yourself in a leading role.

Adoption and Trauma


Tom Andriola on surviving trauma as an adoptee.

Meeting My Birth Father For The First Time


Tom Andriola prepared himself as much as he could, but that didn’t save him from being nervous for seeing his birth father for the first time.

One Family, Two Dads, Three Languages


Writer Jason Howe lives in a home rich with bilingualism and multiculturalism. He shares about the complexities and benefits these bring to his life and his family.

How a Dad Survived His Sense of AIDS Crisis Doom to Become an Award Winning Father

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Kergan lived through the grief and fear of the AIDS Crisis. Rather than being suppressed he took his life experiences and channeled them into becoming a great dad. Corinne Lightweaver interviews him about his experience.

3 Obnoxious Things People Say to Adoptive Parents

Receiving sticker therapy and playing doctor like any regular parent. Photo courtesy of Jenelle Geransky.

Please. Just stop.

8 Things Gay Dads Don’t Want to Hear


There are eight comments and questions that Henry Amador-Batten gets as a gay dad that drive him crazy. Here is why.