The International Mom, Judy M. Miller, is an adoptive parent and adoption advocate living in the Midwest with her husband and four children. She is an adoption support specialist, equipping parents with new techniques and information and encouraging and empowering adoptive families through challenging times, and coordinates and teaches parent preparation education to parents who are in the adoption process—parenting and adoption, adopted children, preparation and adjustment, transracial parenting, tween and teens, and infertility and adoption.

Judy is the author of international selling What To Expect From Your Adopted Tween and the adoption expert on the Parenting Squad’s ProSquad, addressing a wide range of questions about adoption.  She presents at conferences, and can be reached though her website.

Judy’s essays and articles appear in adoption and parenting magazines and in A Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families (Adams Media), Pieces of Me: Who Do I Want to Be? (EMK Press), Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom (Chicken Soup or the Soul), Women Writing on Family (The Key Publishing House Inc.) and Sensational Journeys (Future Horizons).

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14 responses to “About

  1. As a writer who has dedicated her blog to the life lessons my mother has taught me (www.becausemymothersaidso.wordpress.com), and as someone who works in the field of diversity, I find your blog extremely interesting and encompassing of many issues! Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Safa,
      Thank you for the compliment. I’ve enjoyed your blog, too. Our mothers live within us, even after we have lost them. I often do things, because my mother said so. 😉 Judy

  2. Stephanie

    Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is hosting a cocktail event in honor of BlogHer Conference attendees, and we’d like to send you an invitation. If you are interested, please let me know where we can email you.

    Thank you!

  3. What a fantastic blog – it inspires me. You make it seem so easy – have you always felt that way?

    PS: Please visit my blog/book project about our Russian adopted son, and the difficult albeit worthwhile, journey we’re taking together . . .

    • theinternationalmom

      Hi Mary,
      I am deeply moved by the raw honesty of your journey that you share in your blog.
      To answer your question: No “it”—parenting—is not always easy. In fact I find it the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. But it also the most rewarding. I am thankful…

  4. Hi Judy! You are the winner of Rachel Dillon’s new book! So please send me an email with your snail mail address, and I will get her free copy out to you! I hope your children will enjoy it 🙂

  5. janebretl

    What a beautiful blog! I am so glad to have found it.

  6. zookbooknook

    Hi Judy,
    I just wanted to introduce myself! I found your blog this morning, and after reading several of your posts, I think it is one of the most beautiful blogs I’ve ever come across. Your stories that you share with us touch on the precious beauty of life and children. It is so refreshing to read a blog like yours. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  7. Jamie DeMumbrum

    Hi, Judy–
    You and I were in Christina Katz’s WPSS class last year. I remember you and your “niche” and absolutely love what you are doing with your writing! You have some good stuff here…Keep it up.
    Best of luck in the publishing world!

  8. sue

    I love your articles, so interesting and encompassing so many issues. I had not read in awhile but also great to see the kids grow up so quickly! Keep writing!

  9. Anna Lynn Houk

    Oh Judy,
    What a wonderful gift you are giving us all by creating this blog! I have looked to you so often as a role model for so many different reasons, most recently as a parent. I look forward to reading the wonderful, insightful, inspiring things you have to share… and I look forward to learning from you as I have for so many years. Thank you for providing us with a peek into your family’s life.

  10. Jen

    Hi Judy! Congratulations on your blog. I’m excited to start reading all of the valuable and wondrous things you have to write.

  11. Kathy Ann Miller Besse

    Dear Judy. I love that you are doing this blog. It is a great way for me to feel close to you, Mark & the kids from so far away. We’ve had similar elf experiences and it’s incredible to see the excitement and wonder in Rowan’s eyes and Garrett’s knowing grin from across the room about the magic of it all!

    I want you to tell more about you and your family in the “about” section. When people get to know you and the family dynamics, they’ll appreciate this even more.

    See you soon. Love, Kathy

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