Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

The 411 on Adoption

Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 3.32.59 PMPublished May 2013: Mom.Me

The 411 on Adoption: Who, What, When, Where and How
Determining the best option for your growing family

Article Excerpt:

When Denise Buzy-Pucheu and her husband, Cary Correia, contemplated adopting a child, they were adamant about researching the options and ultimately decided upon an international adoption. Ten years later, the Connecticut-based couple has expanded the family to five with 10-year-olds Ethan and Isabella, adopted from Kazakhstan, and 8-year-old Aeryn Elisabeth, adopted from China. Continue reading


May 20, 2013 Posted by | Feature Stories, Magazine Writing, Sample Work | , | Leave a comment

Adoption Brings a Dozen Bundles of Joy

mess_logoPublished November 2006 in The Messenger,
The Newspaper of the Belleville Catholic Diocese

 The telephone rings, and the front door slams as a teenager enters from school. An 8-year old runs through the kitchen with a superhero costume, complete with a cape. Mom opens her planner to discuss this week’s upcoming schedule. A cell phone rings, and dad asks one of the 12 children to remove a bookbag from the table. It may sound like chaos, but Ken and Mary Besse said it’s more like “organized chaos.”

Though recent movies like “Cheaper By the Dozen” and “Yours, Mine, and Ours” portray fictional families acting out everyday chaos with 12 or more children, the action within this Millstadt, Ill. family’s household is very real. Continue reading

July 15, 2009 Posted by | Feature Stories, Newspaper Writing | , , | Leave a comment