Blogging has opened up avenues for me to deepen my own understanding around adoption and family. I’ve had, or will have, some kind of exchange with the following people/sites.
Old School Mom New School Mom
Sarah has a wonderful personal blog about life with her toddler Ari. She has a delightful sense of humour and post vignettes and photos of tiny ordinary life moments. She found my blog ,and because she has a thing for Canadians (she’s also interviewed Bobs and Lolo and Amber Strocel) and knew very little about adoption, she asked me to contribute to her blog. She emailed me some big questions including: how did we decide to adopt?, what steps we took, how we will discuss adoption with Theo, and advice for other interested parents.
The Open Adoption Bloggers Interview Project
I just signed up to do a blog interview exchange through a site that hosts all kinds of personal stories and roundtables on open adoption reflecting a variety of adoption voices. It has a blog roll of over 150 open adoption bloggers.
I asked to be paired with a birthmother (AKA firstmother), someone who placed a child for adoption in an open adoption. To my great surprise, I have been paired with a woman who not only is a birthmom but is also an adoptee – both adoptions are open. What’s even better from my perspective is that she is an adult who lived her entire life in an open adoption and the daughter she placed for adoption is now a teenager, which means she has incredible experience with the process.
We are both in the process of reviewing each others blogs and coming up with questions to ask each other.
Mixed and Happy
Mixed and Happy is a place for mixed-race families, people and supporters of family diversity. The site has a wonderful photo gallery of mixed race families, a blog, live chat and a discussion board. They have asked me to write a guest post. I think our family is unique in that we are all different ethnicities. To boot, our extended families are also all part of the great cultural mashup.