Meet, Share, Write (vol. 4)

In “Meet, Share, Write” we publicize ways open adoption bloggers (and readers) can meet up, learn, and offer their own knowledge and experience beyond the blogging world.

We recently heard from an OAB blogger who submitted a piece to a magazine after seeing a call for submissions in an earlier Meet, Share, Write. Her essay was accepted and she was just published for the very first time. We love stories like that!

Do you have a conference, call for proposals, or other opportunity you think may be of interest to our blogging network? Let us know.


  • Putting It All Together: Adoption, Race & Family,” the annual Pact Family Camp for adoptive families with children of color
    July 3-7, 2013 in Tahoe City, CA
  • Weaving Cultures Camp for transracially adopted African American kids and their families
    August 8-11, 2013 in Hiram, Ohio


  • Pregnancy & Newborn magazine is holding an essay contest on motherhood (with cash prizes!). Deadline is June 1; details here.
  • Balaustine, an upcoming anthology of writing about wanting family, is seeking “poems, short stories, and essays around the topics of wanting children, being unable to have children, miscarriage and loss, infertility, adoption, and other ‘alternative’ families.” Submissions are due July 1; learn more here.


  • Saint Louis University doctoral student Katie M. Heiden Rootes, M.A. in Counseling and Family Therapy, is searching for parents in transracial adoptions to take part in a research study examining factors that contribute to culture-specific parenting attitudes and behaviors. Survey here.
  • The Donaldson Adoption Institute is looking for adoptive parents to take part in a study about the post-placement needs of adopted children and their parents, with the goal of improving adoption professional training and developing more effective services for adoptive families. Survey here.
  • OAB columnist Kat Cooley is conducting independent research on understanding when and how birth parents seek post relinquishment support as well as what types of supports are being sought. Survey here.