Western parents who adopt from the developing world often believe they're offering those children a happier, better life. A recent article suggests that in many cases, the facts of international adoption aren't what they seem.
Today the news broke that Sandra Bullock is adopting as a single mother. She's not alone. While some may consider the full package to be kids, career and marriage, that's not the case for many single celebrity moms -- like Meg Ryan and Mary-Louise Parker -- who have adopted without having a mate.
The day I first met my son, we sat together with his social worker and foster parents out on the back deck of his foster parents' home. My son asked me if I was going to change his name after I adopted him. That simple question broke my heart. Here he was, 10 years old, and even something as basic as his name wasn't stable. But eventually we chose a new name -- a name that symbolized him choosing who he wanted to be.
In the final episode of Tracy's adoption journey, she discovers that what she has been looking for was right in her backyard all along.
In part nine of her harrowing journey to adopt a little girl, Tracy leaves Ukraine for good. She's ambivalent, sad, and embarrassed -- but there is a glimmer of hope.
In the eighth installment of her emotional journey, Tracy gives up her dream of adopting a two-year-old daughter and makes the long journey to meet a nine-year-old.
In part seven of her series, after exploring foster care, Tracy and her husband may get the chance to meet the child they were hoping for.