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The District of Columbia's Child and Family Services Agency introduced me to the family of two documented here. Photojournalism and audio clips depict the growing bond between a mother and adopted daughter, with unshared pasts to foster a new feeling of home. They have been together for just over a year. At the Adoptions Together Family Connections Conference (Maryland, Fall 2013), this photographic experience will be replicated for other adoptive families. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources: Administration for Children and Families, show that a child not adopted by the age of eight or nine reduces the chance of being adopted by half. A prevailing misconception of youth having difficulty bonding to new families is being disproven by research. Neuroplasticity suggests the brain is not a static organ. Later child adoption works more than generally recognized. This presentation shows success in the first person.

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