Our favorite links from this week featuring stories of stepparenting, adoption, foster care, surrogacy, and non-traditional families.
Adoption coercion still happens, and these birth mothers are on mission to stop it.
Meet the Arizona couple who adopted seven siblings, ages nine months to 17 years old.
Writer Chloe Caldwell on the joys of stepmotherhood:”The notion that a stepparent can’t love a child like a biological parent is lazy and dead-end thinking. It’s like saying your friends can’t be your family.”
Three keys to parenting a child who has experienced trauma.
Cassidy Littleton entered foster care at 11 years old. Now she’s a 20-year-old college student campaigning for foster care reform.
Jessica Butler is the co-founder of Raise, stepmother of two, and adoptive mother of one. Prior to Raise, she was a writer on USA’s "In Plain Sight" and TNT’s "The Last Ship." She and her husband, writer/producer Warren Bell, co-created the Nick at Nite series "Instant Mom," based on her life as a stepmother. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and six-year-old son, Levon.