The Red Thread is an informative and entertaining look at becoming and being an adoptive parent — from surviving the emotional rollercoaster of the adoption process to mastering the unique challenges and reaping the great rewards of raising adopted children. It’s written for adoptive parents and children and those interested in adopting.
The Red Thread column borrows its name from a Chinese legend that says when a child is born there is an invisible red thread that connects him or her to the people who are destined to be part of his or her life. While we cannot see the thread, over time its effects are seen as people become connected and their lives interwoven.
The Red Thread is designed to be an active, living forum -- an exchange of ideas.
Last year 12,753 U.S. families adopted children from around the world. That number may sound high, but it actually represents an alarming drop in international adoptions. Published 1:18 p.m. August 2, 2010 - Comments
The fact is a parent’s mettle isn’t tested when the going’s smooth and a child is thriving. The test of who you are a human being comes into play when the going gets tough. Published 1:29 p.m. July 11, 2010 - Comments
If your child looks the slightest bit different from you, it's only a matter of time before you'll be confronted by clueless comments from inappropriate strangers. Published 12:02 p.m. June 14, 2010 - Comments
Andrea Poe is a veteran journalist, whose work has appeared in thousands of publications, including Town & Country, Marie Claire and Entrepreneur. She is the author of several books and her work has appeared in many others, including anthologies and college ...Read More
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Andrea Poe is a veteran journalist, whose work has appeared in thousands of publications, including Town & Country, Marie Claire and Entrepreneur. She is the author of several books and her work has appeared in many others, including anthologies and college textbooks.
Andrea serves as editor of the Travel & Food section at The Washington Times Communities. Her love of travel has led her to cover everything from remote villages in the Andes to her hometown of New York, from Paris to Pittsburgh, from Beijing to the Bahamas. No matter where she travels, she likes to uncover the unusual and share with readers those often-overlooked aspects of a place and its people. She dubs her column Raven’s Eye as a nod to her illustrious (and, yes, infamous) relative, Edgar Allan Poe, a writer who knew more than a little something about the quirky and unique.
Andrea is also mother to Maxine, who was adopted from Vietnam in 2006, and is the inspiration for The Red Thread column on adoption at The Washington Times Communities. Andrea is currently at work on a book on international adoption.
In addition to her work as mother, writer and traveler, she is the founder and president of Media Branding International, a consulting firm that helps individuals and organizations craft and promote their image in media outlets around the globe.
Find Andrea at andpoe@Twitter, on Facebook and LinkedIn.