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Denise Massar  Blog Masonry Wide
The Best Book Ever Podcast

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="3351" img_size="400x400" alignment="center" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" link="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/best-book-ever/id1514465335"][vc_empty_space height="10"][vc_column_text] (Click the image to listen to Denise's podcast) [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]window.dojoRequire(["mojo/signup-forms/Loader"], function(L) { L.start({"baseUrl":"mc.us20.list-manage.com","uuid":"dc517b49c0072d240c2ce1861","lid":"d4c83e976c","uniqueMethods":true}) })[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column]...

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As an Adoptee, I Knew My Son Needed These 5 Things From His Birth Mom

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Medium   "As an Adoptee, I Knew My Son Needed These 5 Things From His Birth Mom"   Published on May 5, 2020 [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="3294" img_size="full" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" link="https://medium.com/@denisemassar/as-an-adoptee-i-knew-my-son-needed-these-5-things-from-his-birth-mom-a7ab3503314f" css=".vc_custom_1589524003195{border-top-width: 1px !important;border-right-width: 1px !important;border-bottom-width: 1px !important;border-left-width: 1px !important;border-left-color: #000000 !important;border-left-style: solid !important;border-right-color: #000000 !important;border-right-style: solid !important;border-top-color: #000000 !important;border-top-style: solid !important;border-bottom-color: #000000 !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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The Story of an Adoptee, Mom Through Adoption

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="3247" img_size="700x450" alignment="center" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" link="https://infantadoptionguide.com/iag-067-the-story-of-an-adoptee-and-mom-through-adoption-denise-massar-author-of-matched-a-memoir/"][vc_empty_space height="10"][vc_column_text] (Click the image to listen to Denise's podcast) [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]window.dojoRequire(["mojo/signup-forms/Loader"], function(L) { L.start({"baseUrl":"mc.us20.list-manage.com","uuid":"dc517b49c0072d240c2ce1861","lid":"d4c83e976c","uniqueMethods":true}) })[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column]...

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Black Babies Cost Less to Adopt

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Medium   "Black Babies Cost Less to Adopt"   Published on November 21, 2019 [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="25px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="3220" img_size="full" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" link="https://medium.com/@denisemassar/black-babies-cost-less-to-adopt-b8836e71607e" css=".vc_custom_1589523933971{border-top-width: 1px !important;border-right-width: 1px !important;border-bottom-width: 1px !important;border-left-width: 1px !important;border-left-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-left-style: solid !important;border-right-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-right-style: solid !important;border-top-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-top-style: solid !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Photo credit: LightFieldStudios[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="25px"][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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My. Book. Is. Finished.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]   I have fantasized about writing this, “My book is finished!” post for so long.   Writing MATCHED has filled every  chunk of free time I could beg, borrow, or negotiate for over the last three years. Raising three young kids at the same time, I was tired. A lot. But I didn’t slow down, because every minute I wasn’t freelancing, or helping someone with distributive properties or mean-girl recess strategies, I was writing, until the whole picture—a true picture of modern domestic adoption—appeared.   The days of hopeful adoptive parents waiting for The Call are long gone. Pete and I had to find a woman who would give us her baby, on our own—I mean that’s crazy, right? How do you actually do that? As our search unfolded, we’d have to consider and answer questions I’d never even imagined: Would we be okay adopting a baby that was a product of rape? What about a baby born of prostitution? It was gritty and hard and wonderful and worth every false start a million times over.   When our son came home, I found myself straddling two worlds: One in which he would always know his birth mom’s name and how to find her, and another in which the name of the woman who’d given birth to me forty years before was still sealed. My file, Closed. It seemed crazy to me. That same year, the voters of Washington State agreed and voted yes on a bill that would allow adoptees to open their adoption files. Legal access to my original birth certificate went from “Never, ever, ever,” to, “Sure, just send us fifteen bucks.” I sent the check. And two weeks later, after I received my original birth certificate, I sent a Facebook message to a woman with a quail as her profile pic.   After three-plus years of huddling alone (but never really alone) with MATCHED, I am thrilled and terrified to begin sharing my story with you now.   Denise   Click HERE to preview the first ten pages of MATCHED.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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