There are so many blogs out there, both for organizations and personal blogs. A quick Google search for “China adoption blog” offers over 4 million results.
I check in a few different personal blogs from time-to-time. And a few of my favorites are:
Ni Hao Y’All http://nihaoyall.com/
Jen Hatmaker http://jenhatmaker.com/blog (search for “adoption”)
Lysa TerKerst http://lysaterkeurst.com/ (search for “adoption”
Jill Savage http://www.jillsavage.org/ (click on “adoption”)
Adoptive Families magazine’s top 20 Blogs
Circle of Moms Top 25 Blogs
For African-American skin & hair care:
chocolatehairvanillacare.com: A website written by a white adoptive mom and it starts with the very basics (the blogger assumes the reader knows nothing about black skin and hair). Lots of how-tos, videos, product reviews, and especially hair style tips and tutorials.
blogspot.com: Another hair-styling site
com/: Less of a how-to blog, this is written by a white mom of an AA little girl and includes thoughts surrounding transracial adoption in general and includes their hair style journey and ideas.
technique/tipsforlittleones/: Tips for taking care of black baby hair
blhacafa.html: Basic Q&A about topics relevant to black hair care
Curriculum/937-2.%20African% 20Hair%20and%20Skin%20Care/ Workbook/curriculum% 20workbook.pdf: A very basic workbook created by a social worker that covers hair and skin care for African-American and biracial children
p/style-gallery.html: Photo gallery of some hairstyles for girls (mostly school-aged)
com/: More braiding and styling ideas and tutorials
2012/10/kid-curls-healthy- hair-care-tips-for.html: African-American hair tips (which mostly features adult women, but has some tips relevant for children)
YouTube Channels: (Awesome for hair style tutorials)
Chocolate Hair, Vanilla Care
Girls Love Your Curls
Beads Braids Beyond
twistbraidsnap.com: Beads, ballies, hair snaps, and other hair accessories
blendedbeauty.com: Great products for natural hair (products categorized by curl type)
Kinky Curly: Good products for natural hair (can find at Target or curlmart.com)
carolsdaughter.com: Products for natural hair (more expensive)
Shea Moisture: Natural hair products (can also get at Target or Walgreens)
beemineproducts.com: Natural hair products
Basic (& relatively cheap) hair/skin nourishing products:
Cocoa butter (for skin)
(Thanks to Jessica P. for all of the African-American resources. What an amazing list!)
Don’t forget to search for Yahoo groups (I belong to [adoptionforamericansabroad]) and Facebook groups that might be able to offer support and information.
I am a bit of a Podcast junkie. I love, love listening to people discuss topics and offer different viewpoints. Because I don’t spend much alone time in the car any more, I don’t have as much time to listen. But, when I do, the adoption podcast I listen to is:
Creating a Family http://www.creatingafamily.org/radioshow.html
If anyone has other resources to add to my list, please send them to me!
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