Voices of Adoption, an interactive online Adoption Community, made its grand debut on August 1, 2007 . Over 50 adoptees, adoptive parents, adoption professionals, authors, birth-parents and experts in the fields of medicine, social work and advocacy, as well as many others who have been touched by adoption came together to form Voices of Adoption (VoA).
Each of us in the adoption community is part of an on-going conversation. We must learn to listen, support, respect, and grow through our interactions with one another. VoA is the place, the community, where we accomplish this goal. Thoughts, articles and commentary by each Voice are listed on their profile page and under topics lists. Readers can leave comments or even choose to become a Voice themself by joining our team.
Why wait? Take a look at Voices of Adoption today -- http://voicesofadoption.rainbowkids.com
You may subscribe by RSS feed to the entire website, receiving daily updates on newly added articles, or you may subscribe only to those Voices you would like to read regularly. VoA is a free resource created by and for the entire adoption community.
Adoptee & Adoptive Mom
Extra notes from Martha (skip this if not interested):
Why has Voices of Adoption been created?
Simply because it needed to be. There is no where else, online or off, where anyone can go at any moment of the day or night and learn from the insights, stories & experiences of those outside their own personal 'Adoption Bubble.' By that I mean to say, if you are an adoptive parent of a child from China , your focus will most likely be on China specifically or international adoption in general. Maybe some transracial issues as well. But the world of Adoption is much bigger than that. Hearing from birth-parents, older adoptees, orphanage workers, social workers in foster care, those in open-adoptions, therapists and doctors who have worked with our kids for many yearslistening to people outside your experience can help any individual or family gain tools and resources.
I'm not saying it will be easy. As an adoptee that now has teenagers who were also adopted, I find more often that I do NOT have the answers. I'm seeking insights to issues I honestly hadn't anticipated or thought were not the issues I should be focused on. Simultaneously, these experiences with my teens have made me step back and wonder about my own adoption. About issues like closed-records and my right to know my medical and social history. I want to listen to birth-parents, adoptive parents and adult adoptees brave enough to share their experiences with these issues. I want to ask an expert if the way my 15-year-old is behaving is normal-teen behavior, or part of a pattern I can now see may be related to older-child adoption.
Voices of Adoption was created for this purpose. Everyone who is a Voice on VoA has volunteered to do so without compensation. It is a pure motivation to share, learn, seek and grow. To be a part of something bigger than ourselves. Join us by visiting often, or even becoming a Voice yourself. We are all in this together.