Susie’s Story

by Michele Fried Who would have guessed that the little girl in the yellow dress that I met on the day she turned two (not at my office) but in another state far away from the one my husband and I and three sons lived in, would one day understand that she has Down Syndrome

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Naming Your Baby

by Michele Fried My husband and I have never taken naming our children lightly. In fact sometimes I think we spent too many excruciating hours that we found ourselves on more than one occasion with babe in arms and no name! Our first was easily named and it carried great meaning and still does, Zachary

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Meeting Janice

by Michele Fried She was beautiful. She peered over her black framed lenses as we entered the room. A magazine was opened on her lap and she quietly closed it to greet us. I remember thinking that she looked like a secretary in a hospital gown. She looked so well kept and fresh. Her dark

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Torie’s Story

by Michele Fried Michele Fried shares the story of a birth mother and her husband who had to navigate difficult emotional challenges when they placed their daughter for adoption. An after hours call came in, "Torie called and asked to speak to someone about placing a baby for adoption", reported the answering service. I called

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Carmela Meets the Adoptive Family

Many people are apprehensive about meeting new people. Prospective adoptive parents are nervous wrecks when it comes to meeting the birth mother of their child, and potential birth mothers are just as nervous to meet the adoptive parents. What both parties often don’t realize is that often the same fears are in place. What if

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Coincidence or Divine Intervention

by Michele Fried Years ago, I wrote an article that stemmed from a family conversation about whether things are simply coincidence or fate. I interviewed several clients on the topic and ended up with so much more then I expected. In my field of work, it is one where miracles “seem” to happen. I simply have

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Eleanor

by Michele Fried Eleanor’s story begins and ends in Niagara Falls, New York. When Eleanor was born she went home with her birth parents, their first child. The newborn made her father very happy. He loved to hold her and smell her and talk to her. But taking care of Eleanor became too difficult for

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Poem from a Daughter to her Birth Mother

Adoption STAR’s Director of Adoption Kathy Crissey shares a piece of beautiful poetry that would never have been written without an adult daughter and a birth mother finding each other. This was written by the daughter of a former client of mine who recently passed away. When I worked with the client, she was searching

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