Each of the following blogs brings a unique perspective to the topic of adoption. In addition, each blog shares some of the challenges that adoptees and adoptive families face. The stories are raw and real—told by people who have been touched by adoption in a variety of ways. Reading these blogs will leave you with a deeper understanding of the complexities of adoption, and leave you feeling uplifted
1.) Confessions of an Adoptive Parent is a blog aimed to help weary adoptive and foster parents find the support and validation they need to regain hope. The perspectives are those of a multi-racial family with eight children, all of whom have been adopted. They hope that by sharing their unfiltered story, adoptive and foster parents can find comfort in the fact they are not alone on the—sometimes tumultuous—journey of parenting, foster care, and adoption.
2.) Natalie Brenner Writes is a blog about infertility, faith, family, and adoption. After trying to have a baby for many years, Natalie and her husband persued adoption. While in the process of trying to adopt, they found out that Natalie was pregnant. Though she had conceived, their hearts were still set on adoption. By trusting in God’s plan, they adopted a little boy, Sage, in January 2016, and in June 2016, Natalie delivered a baby boy, Ira. With honesty and vulnerability, Natalie shares her heart and journey on the pages of this blog.
3.) Lauren Casper is a wife, mother, author, blogger, and speaker. After two miscarriages, and fostering children, Lauren and her husband decided to research international adoption. In February, 2011, they brought home a little boy, Mareto, from Ethiopia, and in October 2012, they brought home a little girl, Arsema, from Ethiopia. In the process of adopting Arsema, Mareto was showing signs of Autism, and was eventually diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, and Anxiety. Lauren’s blog is a testament to the power of faith and hope.
4.) The Adopted Life began as a personal blog that allowed Angela Tucker to process her emotions and experiences as a transracial adoptee; a means by which she hoped to build a community of other adoptees growing up in closed adoptions. Since its launch in 2009, it has grown in readership, and is now the name and platform for The Adopted Life mini-series. This website digs deep into the lives and emotions of adoptees and gives them a platform to share their stories, and express how adoption has shaped them as individuals.
5.) Alison Boynton Noyce was born to a 17 year old mother and 15 year old father in 1963. Given no other alternatives by her parents, Alison’s birth mother relinquished her for adoption with a broken heart. In 1983, she met her birth father, and in 1984 she met her birth mother. Alison has been meeting birth family members ever since. Alison and her husband Kurt have two biological daughters who were in high school when they decided to grow their family by adopting two children from Ethiopia. Adoption has impacted every aspect of Alison’s life, and through this blog, she shares her experiences, and the sometimes confusing aspects of adoption and reunion.
6.) Millions of Miles is written by Megan Terry. Megan and her husband have two biological children and two internationally adopted children from the DR Congo. Megan writes about adoption and advocates for the orphans left behind in Congo. She courageously and honestly shares the struggles of post partum and post adoption depression, reactive attachment disorder, sensory processing disorder, a difficult adoption transition, and PTSD.
7.) Every Bitter Thing is Sweet is written by Sara Hagerty. After almost a decade of Christian life, Sara was introduced to pain and perplexity and, ultimately, intimacy with Jesus. Sara said that God met her in that place of hardship, and out of the overflow, came her writing. Sara is a mother to five through adoption, and after years of infertility, Sara and her husband are the soon-to-be parents to a sixth, biological child. Every Bitter Thing is Sweet is a beautiful, inspiring blog about the mercies of God and the beauty of growing a family through faith and love.
If you would like to read more uplifting stories about foster care and adoption, please be sure to check out Michelle Madrid-Branch’s book, Adoption Means Love: Triumph of the Heart, which was named a “Top 5 Inspirational Book” by Dolce Vita Magazine.
Heather Lei graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a B.A. in English. She is a mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program which aims to help at-risk youth stay in school and attend college. Heather is also one of the producers of, The Greater Than Project, an interview style web series which focuses on stories of greatness—of triumph over challenge. Heather is a passionate storyteller who hopes that through the sharing of stories, we can better understand the world around us and more deeply connect with our humanity.