After trying to conceive for many years, Stephanie Dahl stopped pursuing a biological child and focused on adoption. One month after the birth of their adopted daughter of Ethiopian descent, she and her husband received the joyful news they were expecting. She begins: As the mother of a transracially adopted child (my daughter is of Ethiopian descent and my husband and I have Scandinavian roots), I often find myself in situations requiring special care and consideration.
Michele Pierce has worked in the field of education and educational publishing for over 25 years as a teacher, editor and writer. She holds a master's degree in Education from Harvard. Michele enjoys being a wife and mother, practicing yoga, skiing, reading, and walking her new baby -- a 90lb. Bernese Mountain Dog named Boots. She writes: “It must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own.” Groan. A familiar wave of disappointment rushes over me. “When will they get it right?” This tagline from a soon-to-be-released “slasher” movie is a stinging example of how the media continues to drive the myth that parents can’t love a child they adopted as much as a biological one.