Somewhere BetweenSomewhere Between is a documentary that you feel, not just watch.

I found myself emotionally participating in these young ladies’ journeys of self-discovery. The exploration process of a transracial adoptee is life-long and this film poignantly shares tidbits of that experience from four perspectives.

While this film connects those in the adoption community, it also demonstrates everyone’s needs to feel connected and rooted. Learning about where you come from and accepting how you got where you are today, can be a critical equation to where you go from here.

Heritage Camps For Adoptive Families

Heritage camps are not like “tennis camp,” or “chess camp,” or even just “sleep away camp,” which are about children’s hobbies and interests. Heritage camps are about your child’s very being – celebrating who they are and where they came from. When you send your child to tennis camp or sleep away camp, they may come home playing better tennis or having learned some fun new songs. When they go to heritage camp, they should come home knowing more about their inner most person, feeling like a little of that hole in their lives is filled, something we as parents simply can’t do as well as the cultural role models our children meet at camp.

Vietnam Ties: A View From the Inside Out

Vietnam Ties: A View From the Inside Out

by guest author Michaelyn Sloan

“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world, you change things slightly. You leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you.”― Anthony Bourdain

Vietnam Ties

Photo by Boyer Family

Shortly after returning from Vietnam Ties, this quote caught my eye. I silently nodded, and reflected back on the two amazing weeks in Vietnam, and the “marks” that had been indelibly etched into each of our souls during our Ties trip.

Share Your Adoptive Parenting Knowledge

Last Saturday, while facilitating workshops at NW-IChild’s Heritage weekend, I shared how much I’ve learned about adoptive parenting from listening to parents and kids.  The lived MP900387779experience of people touched by adoption provides a rich knowledge base.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a leader in adoption related research.  Researchers there are conducting a survey regarding the needs of adoptive, foster, and kinship care families. The goal is to learn what contributes to positive outcomes for children, youth, and families.   If you are an adoptive parent, here is an opportunity for you share your experiences as our understanding of how to impact kids positively continues to grow.