Adoption Australia 2013 Winter Edition

In This Issue:

- Is it adoption or is it life?

- It's child's play

- Communicating with your teenager about adoption

- Email from Bangkok (part one)

- Heartbreak in India

- On being made real

- Birth country recipes from Korea and Japan


Message from Adoption Australia:

Well hasn’t winter made its presence known! For every person who embraces the cooler change, enjoys the ambience of a fire place and eagerly looks forward to a season of skiing—there are those of us who “celebrate” winter by vacating to the warmer parts of the world for a holiday! For my family, this is the time of year that we love to incorporate a trip to Thailand, to celebrate our son’s heritage, to escape the Canberra winter and to enjoy time together as a family.

This year we have a new baby so my husband and I have decided that we would rather brave winter than spend eight hours on a plane with baby but reading Liz Quinn’s article “Emails from Bangkok”, page 14, certainly brought back many memories and leaves me hankering for Bangkok! We would love to hear about your adventures, particularly those about returning to your child’s birth country.

Rui Low graces our cover this edition in her traditional Chinese dress, sweet as can be and proud of her family. Thank you Rui for helping us celebrate your heritage and get to know you.

This edition we look at “Is it adoption or is it life?” with five experts weighing in on one of adoptive parents’ biggest questions. Following this article is a list of “recommended reading” based on books mentioned by the experts. Next we look at “communicating with your teenager about adoption”, not always easy, but we hope that you will find some of the tips helpful. “It is child’s play” is an interview with play therapist Grahame Williams; play therapy is a form of counselling that allows a child to communicate and express themselves through play.

“Heartbreak in India” will require tissues on hand! As devastating as the story by David Curry, on he and his wife’s experience, may be, it is also inspiring—the strength that we may not know we have, the love we have for a child/children that we have not even met and the determination to form our families—this is what unites adoptive  and permanent care parents. This is why adoption support organisations are so important, and why we must support each other. This is what Adoption Australia is all about. Thank you for contributing to and reading our magazine and for taking the time to be part of our community.

Warm Regards, Bron Lucey

On behalf of the Adoption Australia editorial team.