If You Can’t Be Perfect, Be Interested – Talking Adoption with Kathy Ledesma of AdoptUSKids

When I asked Kathy Ledesma, the National Project Director of AdoptUSKids, to share a story about how adoption has impacted her life, she did not hesitate. Ledesma recalled a memory from her time as the Adoption Program Manager for the State of Oregon instantly. In Kathy’s words: “I reviewed every termination case in Oregon, but … [Read more…]

During National Adoption Month, Just Ask

October’s color was hot pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.  Hot pink was everywhere – whether on the cleats of N.F.L. players or on the bright socks of the girls’ softball team that I watch practice while waiting for my son each Tuesday night. November ushers in a different, as righteous, cause more subtly … [Read more…]

Share Your Adoption Experience To Celebrate National Adoption Month!

November is National Adoption Month and, in celebration, The Good-Bad Dad wants to hear about your experiences with adoption and foster care. Your story can inspire others so please consider sharing. Possible story ideas could be: -How has adoption impacted your family? -What advice would you give for those thinking about adopting or fostering? -How … [Read more…]

There Are No Adoption Oddballs

When my wife and I started our adoption process, I felt like an oddball – an adoption misfit. You see, I didn’t fit into any of the preconceived groups of people who, I assumed, adopted. I had categorized the adoption community into three groups: (1) Couples dealing with infertility (2) The devoutly religious (3) Families … [Read more…]

As Simone Biles Wins Gold, Let’s Puncture the Adoption Circle of Silence

The story of Simone Biles should have reignited an open discussion about the gift of adoption. Biles was adopted by her biological grandparents.  Her story, like that of so many adoptive families, is one of triumph though struggle – of meager beginnings and extraordinary accomplishments. Over the past few days, though, the shine of the … [Read more…]