3
Oct
2019

Deaf Birth Mother and Open Adoption

A Story Shared by Deaf Birth Mother TamiJo shares the heartbreak and blessings of being a Deaf birth mother of a hearing daughter who was placed in an open adoption. Hi, my name is TamiJo – TJ. I want to share about my life as a Deaf birth mother. I’ve really enjoyed watching the different stories about adoption and adoptees, …

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25
Sep
2019

Deaf Adoptee Shares Her Experience

Experience of a Deaf Adoptee Cynthia opens up about being a Deaf adoptee, sharing some experiences she had that are common among adoptees. Deaf Parents Started with Being Foster Parents Hi, I’m Cynthia. I’ve watched the recent video series on adoption, which has featured parents who have adopted children. Now I’d like to share my story as an adoptee. I’ll …

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25
Sep
2019

Deaf Adoption Tips from Therapist

Deaf Adoption Tips by Deaf Parents Judy and Bob offer some helpful tips to consider before adopting a child. Deaf Adoption Tips include unconditional commitment, good network with the Deaf community, and appropriate terminology. Bob: Hello. We will discuss adoption. My name is Bob… Combining Children by Birth and Adoption Judy: and I am Judy. Together, we raised two daughters, …

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20
Sep
2019

Adoption Barriers Faced by Deaf Lesbians

Deaf Lesbians’ Systemic Barriers to Adoption Ella and Judy discuss the challenges they faced as first-generation lesbian mothers dealing with systemic barriers to adoption. Domestic Violence Led to Move Judy: I had five children who I brought with me to Kansas from Oklahoma due to domestic violence that caused a breakdown in spiritual growth, as well as physical, emotional and …

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20
Sep
2019
Deaf Transracial Transcountry adoption Edna Johnston

Deaf Transracial and Trans-Country Adoption

Deaf Transracial and Trans-country Adoption Edna shares her family’s experience with Deaf transracial and trans-country adoption. Deaf transracial and trans-country adoption: Hello everyone, I’m Edna Johnston. My topic is adoption. I have four children, all of whom I adopted, including one who was conceived and born with my wife of 16 ½ years. I think adoption is a beautiful concept …

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11
Sep
2019

Adoption: A Deaf Adoptive Parent, Kym’s Story

Adoption and the Medical Community Hi, I’m Kym Symansky. I’m the mother of three children through international adoption. I want to share my experience with adoption, particularly with the medical community. When our children came home, I felt like they were my children, 500% mine, even though they did not come from my womb. They are children who came from …

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15
Aug
2019

Deaf Parent’s Suicide Grief

Terrylene shares the profound grief she experienced upon her son’s death.  For me, grief was a foreign word until it comes crashing down on my life. In human being experience and life milestones such as finding love, getting married, first day of school. Grief is part of human being milestones. Grief cannot and will not escape humanity. My world now …

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10
Aug
2019

Deaf Counseling: Broken Leg, Broken Heart

Transcript: Sharon Duchesneau – If you fall and break your leg, would you run tomorrow or next week? Of course not. It would be better to wait until you are healed. If your relationship ends and your heart is broken, can you truly love someone else tomorrow or next week? It’s better to wait until you have healed.

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13
Jun
2019

Loving Day: Matt Reinig & Natasha Ofili

Transcript: Matt: Hello, my name is Matt Reinig (name sign). Natasha: Hi, I’m Natasha Ofili (name sign). Matt: So, we want to share our experience in our relationship. Today… Yesterday, June 12th, we celebrate Richard and Mildred Loving… If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be able to marry and celebrate our love in public. Natasha: I think that National …

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12
Jun
2019

Loving Day: Deaf Interracial Relationships

June 12 is Loving Day in the USA. This day celebrates the anniversary of the 1967 Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia. Interracial marriages were banned in Virginia and other 15 states in 1924. A Deaf woman, Debbie Colbert, shares her story about being in interracial relationships and how she dealt with people’s opinions. Video transcript provided by Debbie Colbert: …

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