Thanks for stopping by! Whatever Things Are True covers politics, policy, and parenting in international adoption. Too often, the way we talk about international adoption reminds me of that old fable about The Blind Men and the Elephant – we tend to confuse one small part of the animal for the whole beast. Although I’m the mother of three via international adoption, I try to take a child-centered approach to adoption issues. I hope you’ll stick around and share your thoughts, too.

For More About International Adoption

  • All the Social Orphans
    Suffolk University Law Professor Sara Dillon on International Children's Rights and Social Orphan Policy
  • Center for Adoption Policy
    Center for Adoption Policy provides research, analysis, advice and education to practitioners and the public about current legislation and practices governing ethical domestic and intercountry adoption in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.
  • Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
    Educates federal policy makers about the need for adoption reform, and coordinates efforts of policy makers and public groups to improve the lives of children.
  • Harvard Law School Child Advocacy Program
    The Child Advocacy Program (CAP) at Harvard Law School is committed to advancing children's interests through facilitating productive interaction between academia and the world of policy and practice, and through training generations of students to contribute in their future careers to law reform and social change.
  • Joint Council on International Children's Services
    Adoption advocacy organization comprised of adoption agencies.

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February 27, 2011


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Robin, so sorry that your comment somehow disappeared! Thanks for trying again.

Robin Prewitt

I am going to post this again, because my first post is not listed. My husband and I just knew that Guatemala was the country we wanted to adopt from. We have one son that is 8 years old now and came home at one year old. We got caught in the hague issue, where things went slow. It taught me that everything is in God's plan and the wait just teaches us to lean on Him. Then we got a call about Will's Brother had been born and was available. We saved everything just in case. We received Will's Brother at nine months old. Michael is now 5 years old. No one will ever no how much my husband and I have been blessed by these two little ones. We still stay in touch with their Foster Moms. I pray that adoptions will reopen for Guatemala. I have such a burden for the families still in process and continually pray and try to encourage them as I can. We homeschool our boys and I think that is the highest calling God gives a woman is to take care and teach her children. I never realized we would have two precious sons, but God did.


I am the single parent of two girls from Guatemala and they give me
the inspiration and strength daily to be the best person I can be for
them and for others. The love I have for these two girls far exceeds
the love I've ever felt for another human being. Parenthood was a
dream I made a reality once I met my two children 9 and 10 yrs ago!

Jennifer Zilliac

This October, November, December, and part of January were unusually hard for me -- I was really struggling with depression. My fourteen-year-old daughter told me, "Mom, you're like the queen bee. Things just don't function around here when you are depressed." I realized that I had to find that inner strength and get better because I really matter. There is something I offer my family that they cannot get from anyone but me! So I did find my inner strength, and now the queen bee is buzzing again.

Jennifer Zilliac

This is a fun idea, Sharon! It's taking me a little while to fill out all my entries, but I was already a fan and I am now following you on Twitter!

I'll keep working on it. :-) I want to WIN!


Would love a copy of the book! Thanks so much


following you on facebook :)


Being a parent has taught me just exactly how huge Love is. I never knew how fiercely I could love another person until I met my sons. Mother love is an amazing strength!


Following you on twitter, tweeted, and following you on FB!

Being a parent has brought out my inner strength by giving me a new perspective--one that helps me see what's truly important. (Even though that important stuff is often wrapped up in the ordinary and many times mundane.)


So excited about this giveaway! I tweeted, became a follower on Twitter and a fan on Facebook and a follower of this blog..I think that covers it. :)

Being a parent has drawn out inner strength in me as I realize the great lengths that I can and will go to to do what is best for them....maybe not what they want, but what's best for them. The sleepless nights aren't just a baby-years thing; I now know that they are also a teen-years thing and probably just a lifelong-motherhood thing :-) The roller coaster of joy, grief, frustration, worry, glee, and love is a ride I wouldn't have thought myself capable of surviving prior to motherhood. :)

Jody Navratil

I am so excitd about this book. It on my wish list to buy. I would say that being a parent has brought my "mother bear" side. I am the biggest advocate when it comes to my kids. My Guatemalan child has some learning disablities and I have done everything under te sun to make sure he has all the right help and medical test done. Normally I am a very shy, quiet person, but when it comes to my kids, watch out! I want themto be all they can be. And the other thing would have to be patience.

Kelly Pramberger

Now following you on twitter and tweeted about book giveaway. Thanks!

Kelly Pramberger

Following on Facebook, thanks!

Kelly Pramberger

I believe that being a parent has taught me to have patience. Waiting for my son to come home from Guatemala was a great start I guess!


Yay! I heard I should read this book! Hoo-ray.
I'm not a parent yet, so I'd say one relationship that has forced me to act with complete inner strength is the one I share with my mother.
She's not the same mother I would be. And it took me years and years and years to realize that that's okay.
It took strength to accept it and to accept HER as she is. She shows her without much emotion, and it takes a strong daughter to recognize that and feel the love anyway.

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