The Duct Tape Incident and Related Stories

In 2013, I wrote a vague post about an incident that occurred at Jackson’s then-school, Antioch Charter Academy II. To make one long story short, one of the Elementary teachers at Jackson’s school is on administrative leave while being investigated for abuse. The family of the child whom she allegedly abused is suing the school … Continue reading

Back at Adoption.com

Before Cassie was born, I wrote for AdoptionBlogs.com. I had to take a break when I was writing four adoption-related pieces each week, plus, you know, trying to actually adopt a baby. This past fall, I talked to them about writing for the new and improved Adoption.com. My first article was published today! How to … Continue reading

Biology Isn’t Best

Biology Isn’t Best

When you spend a lot of time in the online adoption community, as I do, you see a lot of the same sentiments come up, again and again: Adoption should be a last resort. Babies don’t need stuff. All they need is love – love from their biological families. It’s always best for a child … Continue reading

Happy New Year from The Chittister Family

Happy New Year from The Chittister Family

  WARM HOLIDAY HUGS Hello Friends and Family! We hope this letter finds you healthy, happy for this holiday season, and hopeful for the year ahead. In these newsletters, I try to focus on the positive. The past couple of years have been somewhat difficult. But, in the immortal words of Howard Jones, “things can … Continue reading

My Son Is Michael Brown

My Son Is Michael Brown

A Facebook friend of mine posted a quote from Jen Hatmaker, then added: Thankful to see others on my feed speak out in this manner. Silence from those who claim to be allies is deafening tonight. I sat and reloaded the Google News site dozens of times waiting for the verdict. I knew they weren’t … Continue reading

Full Disclosure vs. Too Much Information

I saw a very strange question on an adoption forum. The asker was a prospective adoptive parent (PAP) writing her profile. She asked: My husband and I are vegetarians. Should we put that in our profile? One of the first answers was: No, don’t put it in your profile, but you do want to make … Continue reading

We’ve Unpacked the Last Box

On July 20, we moved from Antioch to “Salem” (the name I’m using for the town in which we now live). The moving experience was slightly less horrendous than the one we had moving from New Hampshire to California back in 2004. This time around, the movers were three hours late, meaning they didn’t leave our … Continue reading