In 2009, Mary McBride began the blog Finding Magnolia to chronicle the adoption of her first daughter. She now freely admits that she had no idea what she was getting into, and writes about the joys and complexities of choosing international, transracial adoption as a means to build a family. Mary and her husband, Jarod, adore their two Ethiopian daughters, Zinashi, age five, who came to their family in Autumn 2010, and Elvie, eight months, who came to their family in June 2012. They claim to be done adding to their family for now, citing paperwork fatigue and small living space as solid reasons for this decision, but Mary maintains accounts on several waiting child sites and has priced bunk cribs just in case.
May is Foster Care Month. This was something that didn’t make it onto my radar before, but now that I am an adoptive parent, I find myself chatting with many parents who are foster parents presently or have adopted through the foster care system.