Friday, December 6, 2019


I live in New York City – where anything is possible. I am observant, and while I may not always say what I see, I take silent notes.  Take  today for example. I was on my way back from getting some reports notarized when two women entered the elevator.  They obviously had come from the laundry room in the basement of my building.

One wore a long-sleeved sweater and flip flops. The other, a sleeveless tank top and Ugg boots. I smiled to myself – it takes all kinds.

I feel that way about the families I meet with and the children they adopt. Each is unique. Some live in urban bustling communities, others in outer boroughs of Manhattan and the suburbs, and still others in areas outside the City I visit.   I enjoy learning not only about the families themselves but about their communities as well. Even in New York City, I am always aware of a new neighborhood, building architecture and community parks and playgrounds. Their children, by birth or joining their families through adoption, each has a story and a personality. They grow and develop at their own pace and blossom under the love and nurturing care of their parents.

Whether single or a couple, experienced parents or newbies, in flip flops or shearling boots, once I start working with someone who is looking to adopt or raising a child through adoption, I may not see or hear from you often, but you are all a part of my extended family and in my thoughts.

Kathy Ann Brodsky, LCSW is a New York and New Jersey licensed social worker, adoptive mom and advocate for ethical adoption practice. Through her private practice and agency affiliations, she has prepared  thousands of adoption  homestudies, counseled  expectant, birth, pre/post adoptive parents and  adopted  persons, as  well  as trained  professionals  to  work  with  adoptive  families. She  was Director of the  Ametz  Adoption  Program of  JCCA and a member of the Advisory Board for POV’s Adoption  Series and the  Adoption  Advisory  Board  of  Path2Parenthood, She is currently a  Adoption   Professional   Advisory  Council  of  HelpUSAdopt , a member of the Advisory Board of the Family Equality Council and  active  in  the  Adoptive Parents Committee in  New  York.  Her  blogs  and  written contributions can be seen throughout the Internet, including  her  BLOG  and  as  Head  Writer  for  ADOPTION.NET   She  was  named  an  “Angel in Adoption” by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption in 2001. You can reach her directly