Swimming Up the Sun Events

I'll be reading and signing books at The Book Nook Bookstore, a new bookstore in Hyattsville, Maryland on Saturday, April 19, 1:30 - 3:00 P.M. It's part of the first Arts District Hyattsville Festival, with dancing, music, and great food. I'll also be at the Riverdale Park Arts Festival on Sunday, May 3, 11:00 - 6:00 P.M. Come on by!

Adoption in the Global Community

This was the theme of the phenomenal American Adoption Congress conference I attended last month in Portland, Oregon. The biggest surprise was how much I learned. I've written a book, Swimming Up the Sun: A Memoir of Adoption; I've lived adoption for decades; how could I be so ignorant? The keynote address from Sharon Kaplan Roszia on "The Constellation of Adoption" floored me. Sharon's author of The Open Adoption Experience, and directs The Kinship Center in California. I learned it's not an adoption triad, it's a constellation, affecting spouses, our children, grandchildren, teachers, and so many others. And adoptees aren't in charge of managing or soothing the feelings of their various pa

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