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Maternal Narcissism

How Maternal Narcissism Grinds Self-Confidence into Dust
For someone adopted who has already been abandoned, the fear of abandonment is a real and present danger. With a narcissistic mother, the abandonment actually occurs, again and again and again, reinforcing the truth that you are unloveable unless you meet the standards set out for you. And even then...
Lost Daughters: Adoptee Reactions to Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) in the Media
I'm not a therapist, a social worker, or a counselor of any kind. I've never been trained in psychology or psychiatry. I am an adopted person, which means I was once an adopted child-which in turn means that I was separated from my original family.
Julia + Me

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt make it look easy. They adopt kids from all corners of the world and the media broadcasts images of perfect Kodak moments. They'd have you believing families bond and blend instantaneously. They don't. Not always. Not in my experience, or in the experience of many others.

Broken Adoptions: When Parents "Re-Home" Adopted Children

Parents who give up their adopted children have been making the news with increasing frequency of late. There's Torry Ann Hansen, the now-infamous Tennessee nurse who sent her 7-year-old adopted son back to his native Russia on a plane, alone.

When An Adopted Child Won't Attach

We are driving down the New Jersey Turnpike on a raw Sunday morning in March. Julia is snuggled in her car seat asleep, her chest rising and falling gently. Her papery eyelids flutter. Finally, some peace for her. For me. For Ricky. When Julia's awake, she's a constant symphony of sound.

Helping the child I adopted learn to love (and becoming a mother in the process)

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt make it look easy. They adopt kids from all corners of the world and the media broadcasts images of perfect Kodak moments. They'd have you believing families bond and blend instantaneously. They don't. Not always. Not in my experience, or in the experience of many others.

'You're Not My Real Mother'

In so many ways, my daughter Julia is a young soon-to-be 12-year-old. Though she's in middle school, she's unconcerned with fashion, boys or other pre-pubescent experimenting. Julia, adopted from a Siberian orphanage at 8 months old, is on track intellectually but is still catching up emotionally.