Author Archives: mirellawarren

About mirellawarren

social work consultant, transracial adoptee, adoptee rights advocate, writer

race matters

Race matters. Even though there are times when I’d like to think that my transracially adopted identity doesn’t shape who I am – in my family and in the world – my race in relation to those around me influences … Continue reading

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I Am Nothing (And That Is Something)

By Kev Minh Allen As I reached the age of 40 last December, driving through northeast Oregon and California on my way to Reno, Nevada, I was so tempted to stop the car on the side of the highway, get … Continue reading

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Coming Home to Self – The Adopted Child Grows Up – Part II

I recently wrote a quick post about “Coming Home to Self: The Adopted Child Grows Up” – a book I began reading several months ago that examines the effect of early separation on the development of adoptee sense of self, and … Continue reading

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complacency

When we’re the same we don’t have to be different. It takes a lot of work to be different. Stepping outside the box. Baring it all. Risking rejection. And yet we’re told we are the same. We are no different … Continue reading

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Coming Home to Self: The Adopted Child Grows Up – Part I

This weekend, I started reading “Coming Home to Self: The Adopted Child Grows Up” by Nancy Newton Verrier, author of “The Primal Wound” (a classic in adoption literature). And can I just say, wow! I’m eager to read it. “Coming … Continue reading

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awareness in healing

A wise woman I know reminds me often that she cannot fix what she doesn’t know is broken. My personal philosophy on healing follows a similar line of logic. Healing begins with awareness. Shedding light on the truth of any … Continue reading

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complexity and the beauty of spaces in between

Complexity breeds despair, or so I’ve heard. But in my eyes, complexity is special. It’s hard earned. It’s what makes us three-dimensional. And while I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, what makes an adoptee identity complex is very special to … Continue reading

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