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The Boy Who Cried Abuse

My son has reactive attachment disorder and constantly makes up elaborate lies about being abused. But then he actually was.

I Met My Long-Lost Brother…And I Was Overcome With Lust

I was 34 years old and it was a primal attraction I couldn’t control. But this was before I discovered Johnny’s dark predilections.

Babies For Sale: The Secret Adoptions That Haunt One Georgia Town

In midcentury Appalachia, an intrepid doctor sold newborns to desperate couples. Today they’re all grown up, and seeking answers.

Before Marriage Was an Option, These Gay Couples Adopted Each Other

When marriage equality seemed a distant dream, some found a creative way to realize the legal benefits of family.

I Was Adopted—When I Was 41

At thirteen, a neglectful foster system tore me from the only woman I ever wanted to call “Mom.” Decades later I tracked her down and finally got my happy ending.

What It Feels Like to Be Adopted at 17

After years of misery and abuse, I finally learned what it’s like to have a loving and supportive family—right before my childhood officially ended.