With Good Reason

Adoption in America
November 23rd, 2013

Image courtesy Flickr user Camdiluv

Image courtesy Flickr user Camdiluv

With the success of TV shows like Modern Family and Parenthood, it’s clear that the way Americans think of family is starting to change. Yet, Linda Seligmann’s (George Mason University) new book shows that for transracial and transnational adoptions, there are still many cultural barriers.  Also featured: Longwood University senior Carmen Balogh talks about what it was like growing up in a blended family. Plus: Forgiving others is hard, but forgiving ourselves is harder. Everett Worthington (Virginia Commonwealth University) learned this painful lesson after his brother committed suicide in 2005.One of the country’s foremost experts in the study of forgiveness, Worthington tackles the subject in his upcoming book Moving Forward: Six Steps to Forgiving Yourself and Breaking Free from the Past.

Later in the show: After teaching courses on marriage and family relations to community college students for 40 years, it’s clear to Russ Crescimanno (Piedmont Virginia Community College) that most couples don’t have a clue on how to compromise. There is, he says, a science to love and intimacy, and many rocky marriages could thrive if couples would just practice some core principles. And: While close to 20 million people practice Yoga in America, very few know the true purpose of the regimen. In translating ancient Sanskrit texts, Graham Schweig (Christopher Newport University) has discovered the “secret of Yoga,” revealing astonishing and little known facts.

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The recent deaths of Ethiopian adoptee, Hana Williams, and Russian adoptee Max Shatto, have provoked several high-profile examinations of adoption within the U.S.  A DC area anthropologist has just published her own study of the challenges and joys of transracial and transnational adoption.