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By: Jessenia Arias
iamadopted's picture When it comes to learning where they came from, there are questions every adopted child wants answered. What adoptive parent resources are available for opening a dialogue about origins and adoption? Adoptee Jessenia Arias offers adoptive parent help for having these important conversations and recommends four children's books on telling your child he or she was adopted. Books are a great help for explaining adoption to your child. I was told I was adopted when I was about 13-years–old. I did not understand what was being shared with me, nor could I grasp the concept that I had... Read More
By: Rachel Garlinghouse
Rachel's picture Do you have open adoption questions? Is open adoption good? How does an open adoption work? What is an open adoption agreement or open adoption contract? Where can I find adoptive parent resources on the open adoption experience? Rachel Garlinghouse asks adoptive parent and author Lori Holden about the benefits and pitfalls, and the long-term effects of open adoption.  I’m a mom of three children, all of whom were adopted at birth. After careful consideration and education, we decided that open adoption was our preference. Seven years into our adoption journey, we have three open... Read More
By: Alexandria Bordas
AllyBordas's picture Part 2 Pamela has been instrumental in coordinating hundreds of successful reunions around the nation. She has appeared on Oprah, is the author of Reunited and has a project in the works that will further shed a light on the tight-knit adoption community. In the second segment of this interview, we talk to Pamela about how emotional preparing for a reunion can be, how to have hope when options seem scarce and why reunions are so important to adoptees. Adoption.NET: We have all been dying to know—what was it like being on Oprah? Pamela Slaton: Being on Oprah was indescribable, a... Read More
By: Alexandria Bordas
AllyBordas's picture Part 1 From successful realtor to genealogist expert, Pamela Slaton’s path towards self-discovery is raw, humbling and uplifting. She has overcome the trials of life head-on and has witnessed love in action every step of the way. Pamela’s powerful story is filled with heartbreak and silver linings. Adoption.NET sat down with Pamela Slaton to hear about her phenomenal journey, and now we are sharing it with the rest of the adoption community. Adoption.NET: To start off, what exactly is a genealogist? Pamela Slaton: A genealogist is someone who specializes in the tracing of family... Read More

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