Guilt? Who Me?

Food for thought. It’s long, so grab a cup of coffee or, better yet, green tea.

Allies and Agitators

This is a transcript of a presentation that Martha Crawford, LCSW and adoptive parent and Joy Leiberthal Rho, LCSW and Korean Adult Adoptee gave for AFCAF/NY (Adoptive Families with Children of African Heritage and Their Friends, NY) in collaboration withFCCNY (Families with Children from China Greater New York) and the Adoption Initiative of St. John’s University, New York:



The Sense of Guilt and the Capacity for Concern in Adoptive Families.



I am Martha Crawford, and I am a therapist with a generalist practice – who happens to be an adoptive parent.


I have had, before and since we adopted children – many clients, friends and colleagues who were adopted and who have taught me a great deal. I have also worked with, professionally and in the adoption community – a good number of adoptive parents – although in my view, far too few seek support…

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  1. Lisa DeNike Ercolano says:

    Or better yet, a salted caramel hot chocolate.

  2. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. “There’s just one thing I don’t understand,” said the cashier, as I was paying and getting ready to be on my way. “How will you guys understand her when she starts to talk? Do you speak Chinese?”- LOL, silly and i thought it was funny, but was this ignorance or just simply being funny? at any rate, when it comes to adoption love transcends race and all the side factors. The stereotyping just doesn’t end. And i am happy for family who adopts and finds happiness doing so.

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