The Rapidian

adoption

Adoptee finds solace in sharing journey with local support group, community

by (Adoptees Connect)

Submitted 01-15-2019 under NONPROFITS

I was born in 1966 in Flint, Michigan, during the height of the American “Baby Scoop” Era. My birthmother and father were unmarried teenagers, and my grandfather was a local TV news anchor, with a reputation to uphold. Adding to the lack...

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Late discovery adoptee finds her true self by opening up to past, making connections for future

by (Adoptees Connect)

Submitted 12-18-2018 under NONPROFITS

Sometime in October of 1966, a woman found herself pregnant under not the best of circumstances. She was on a break from her marriage where she had four other children. Her boss, whom she had been staying with, was not that into her. Soon afterwards...

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Navigating the waters of adoption and reunion: What is my story?

by (Adoptees Connect)

Submitted 10-30-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

This piece was written by John Glass. Growing up being adopted never felt terribly unusual. I had wonderful parents, a great sister, & an older brother who I idolized and was also adopted. To my parent’s credit, I always knew I was...

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Adoptee finds healing in lifelong journey through sharing story, seeking community

by (Adoptees Connect)

Submitted 10-09-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

I often compared myself to a puzzle piece. At the beginning of my life, I went missing outside of the box, feeling like I don’t fit anywhere, unique to one puzzle somewhere out there, waiting to be placed back in perfect position. ...

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Many adoptees have deep pain from trauma of being separated from their first families

by (Adoptees Connect)

Submitted 09-11-2018 under NONPROFITS

My mom, in Grand Rapids, answered the phone to a woman with a thick foreign accent, “Mrs. VanderWell?” “Yes.” she replied. “Elisa will not take her bottle to eat.” “How are you feeding her?”. They were...

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D.A. Blodgett - St. John's hosts annual Backpack and School Supply Drive

by (D.A. Blodgett S...)

Submitted 07-30-2018 under NONPROFITS

For most children, the first day of school is full of excitement. Unfortunately, for many children that excitement is often overshadowed by worry and embarrassment about being unable to purchase school supplies. The 12th Annual Backpack and School...

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Sixteen local children need a forever home

by (D.A. Blodgett S...)

Submitted 11-04-2016 under NONPROFITS

D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s (DABSJ) will mark National Adoption Awareness Month in November with Images of Adoption, an open house for those who would like to learn more about becoming an adoptive parent. The agency will host Images of...

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Images of Adoption Open House

by (D.A. Blodgett S...)

Submitted 10-17-2016 under

D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s (DABSJ) will mark National Adoption Awareness Month in November with Images of Adoption, an open house for those who would like to learn more about becoming an adoptive parent. The agency will host Images of Adoption at...

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Dog Adoption Day

by (jpawlik)

Submitted 07-05-2016 under

Join Wendy’s of Michigan, owned and operated by Grand Rapids based Meritage Hospitality Group, on Saturday, July 16th from 11:30am-2:00pm for an animal adoption day. The West Michigan Humane Society will be at the Walker Wendy's, located at 3922...

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Dog Adoption Day

by (jpawlik)

Submitted 07-05-2016 under

Join Wendy’s of Michigan, owned and operated by Grand Rapids based Meritage Hospitality Group, on Saturday, July 9th from 11:30am-2:00pm for an animal adoption day. The West Michigan Humane Society will be at Michigan Street Wendy’s, located at 1061...

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