11-09 ~ My Birthday is on World Adoption Day. (adoptee challenge below!)

53 years ago today, at 6:35 am in Henderson, Nevada, I was born.  Today is my birthday. For 51 years of my life, on my birthday, I would have a personal dialogue in my mind.  It went something like this:  "Today is the day.  My birthday! I know she (my birth mother) is wondering and... Continue Reading →

Adoptees are Super Heroes and SHEroes

I am a person who loves Marvel, DC, Star Wars, and all super power, good vs evil type movies.  I grew up watching the ORIGINAL Bat Man series (ka-boom, slam, wap...etc) and I love superhero metaphors in my therapy practice. Superhero Therapy is the BEST!  In 2017, I found my biological family and my how-I-came-to-be... Continue Reading →

Adoptees: To Trust or Not to Trust? That is the Question

If an adoptee trusts you, really trusts you, consider yourself the exception to the rule. For myself, and many other adoptees, trust does not come easily, or it is given so quickly that trust turns into betrayal. It may seem as though this sentence contradicts itself, but it is so true. Adoptees have been betrayed... Continue Reading →

Adoptees are Searching for Something

Have you ever been hungry for something really good....but you have no idea what that really good thing might be?  Then, someone asks you, "What do you want to eat?"  And you say, "something good....but I don't know what....." This is the best way I can describe what it is like to search for something... Continue Reading →

Attachment Injury and Adoptees

As a clinician working with children in foster care, I have seen children placed, removed, moved, placed, removed,  moved placed, removed in foster homes over and over again. Often, this causes the child to retreat within themselves, losing trust in the system and in adults...and in themselves. I call these incidents of interruption Attachment Injuries. ... Continue Reading →

What is National Adoption Awareness Month?

Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. While all adoption-related issues are important, the particular focus of the month is the adoption of children in foster care. (Full disclosure, I am a therapist who works with children in foster care - it is my passion) But, it has gotten away from the... Continue Reading →

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