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When Your Child’s Birth Parent Is An Addict
“We want to be honest with him and we're not sure how. Both of his…
Here’s What My 5-Year-Old Understands About His Adoption
Parents frequently ask me if Levon knows that he is adopted. Yes, he does, but…
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Natural Hair Care Tips For Kids
If you are a white mom of black children, whether they came to you through…
My Sons’ Adoption and NICU Experience Left Me With Lifelong Anxiety That Destroyed My Marriage, Raise Magazine
My Sons’ Adoption and NICU Experience Left Me With Lifelong Anxiety That Destroyed My Marriage
Twenty years later, I still battle depression and anxiety, because I can’t seem to let…
The Most Frequently Asked (And Frequently Inappropriate) Questions About My Son’s Adoption, Raise Magazine
The Most Frequently Asked (And Frequently Inappropriate) Questions About My Son’s Adoption
My son’s adoption is not a secret -- you’re reading a blog about it --…
The Adoptive Mom's Hospital Go Bag, Raise Magazine
The Adoptive Mom’s Hospital Go Bag
All the things I wish I packed when Levon was born. {shop: book/camera/lotion/boots/sweater} CAMERA In…
The First Thing You Should Do After Your Homestudy Is Approved, Raise Magazine
The First Thing You Should Do After Your Home Study Is Approved
Learn from my mistake, I beg you. Many adoption professionals advise families to refrain from…
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7 Natural Hair Care Tips for Foster & Adoptive Parents
The best practices and products for caring for natural hair. DETANGLING Methods of detangling hair…
Greetings from Poland, Ohio, Raise Magazine
Greetings from Poland, Ohio
Writer Robin Bakay's raw portrait of disrupted adoption. We met in the adoption lawyer’s office…
What Do You Call Your Child's Birth Parent? Raise Magazine
What Do You Call Your Child’s Birth Parent?
Levon has recently started to notice pregnant women. He knows they have babies inside their…

PREEMIES

The Worst Questions You Can Ask A NICU Mom, Raise Magazine

The Worst Question You Can Ask NICU Parents

September is NICU Awareness Month. Raise founder and NICU mom Jessica Butler shares her advice…
In Conversation with Anna Faris, Raise Magazine

In Conversation With Anna Faris

Anna Faris and Raise founder Jessica Butler talk preemies, co-parenting, and of course, mom guilt.…
Pumpkin Muffin Recipe, Raise Magazine

How Designer Rebecca Minkoff Saved My Preemie’s Life

At ten months old, my son stopped growing. By age two, he had fallen off…
Moon and Back Preemie Clothing
Before Chrissy Teigen, There Was Me
Over the summer, Teigen tweeted her struggle to find clothes to fit her newborn preemie…
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Our Favorite Diapers For Preemies
What brand of diaper did your preemie wear? Levon was born weighing 2 pounds, 7…
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Our Favorite Bottles For Preemies
What brand of bottle did your preemie use? Levon was born at 30 weeks, before…
The Best Products For Preemies With Sensitive Skin, Raise Magazine.
Our Favorite Products For Preemies With Sensitive Skin
Levon has ultra-sensitive skin, prone to rashes and eczema. Below are the products we rely…
Jessica Tyler, Raise Magazine
Life After The NICU
When we received the news we were being discharged, instead of joy, I felt anxiety…

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2019 Gift Guide: For Your College-Aged Stepson, Raise Magazine

2019 Gift Guide: For Your College-Aged Stepson

Ideas for your tech-loving, wise beyond his years stepson who goes to school in your hometown.
Thanksgiving Food Fight, Raise Magazine

Thanksgiving Food Fight

More than 10% of marriages in the U.S. are interracial. That means approximately 12.2 million people in the United States are married to someone from a different racial background. For the last…

Winter Tonic, Raise Magazine

Winter Tonic

The perfect cocktail for Thanksgiving morning. Because if I'm cooking, I'm drinking, even if it's 6 AM. This drink was inspired by the Tucson Tonic at one of our favorite burger joints…
The Most Frequently Asked (And Frequently Inappropriate) Questions About My Son’s Adoption, Raise Magazine

The Most Frequently Asked (And Frequently Inappropriate) Questions About My Son’s Adoption

My son’s adoption is not a secret -- you’re reading a blog about it -- but many of the details surrounding his birth story are. Not secret, exactly, but private. I’m always…
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Raise The Conversation

Our favorite links from this week featuring stories of stepparenting, adoption, foster care, surrogacy, and non-traditional families. Trump administration seeks to provide federal funding to faith-based adoption and foster care agencies that…
Jessica Tyler, Raise Magazine

Life After The NICU

When we received the news we were being discharged, instead of joy, I felt anxiety and fear. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a scary place. The tiniest of humans in…
The Adoptive Mom's Hospital Go Bag, Raise Magazine

The Adoptive Mom’s Hospital Go Bag

All the things I wish I packed when Levon was born. {shop: book/camera/lotion/boots/sweater} CAMERA In the chaos of Levon's unexpected birth, we forgot to pack our camera. Perhaps it's unfair to blame…
The First Thing You Should Do After Your Homestudy Is Approved, Raise Magazine

The First Thing You Should Do After Your Home Study Is Approved

Learn from my mistake, I beg you. Many adoption professionals advise families to refrain from decorating a nursery or buying baby gear until after the baby is born. Adoption timelines vary, and…
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7 Natural Hair Care Tips for Foster & Adoptive Parents

The best practices and products for caring for natural hair. DETANGLING Methods of detangling hair can vary depending on personal preference from finger detangling, wide tooth combs, Denman brushes, and Tangle Teezers.…
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Jack White Halloween Costume, Raise Magazine

Shop Levon’s Jack White Halloween Costume

While the rest of the Instagram has moved on to matching Christmas pajamas, at least 56,000 of you are still interested in this young man's Halloween costume. This post is for you.…

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