Leza Lowitz: “Maybe, I thought, love could be the new bloodline.”

Leza Lowitz had told her husband to tell the orphanage, “Tell them to put a perpetual ‘yes’ on our file, okay? Tell them that whatever child they have available, we are interested.” In “Adoption,” her Shambhala Sun story from May 2010, Lowitz recounts how that openness would eventually be rewarded by the presence of Yuto, the very special orphan boy who would become the couple’s son.

Now, Lowitz furthers the story of Yuto’s adoption, addressing the cultural complexities at play with “In Japan, Seeking a Father-in-Law’s Permission to Adopt,” a new piece for the New York Times. Read it here, and read “Adoption,” from the Shambhala Sun here.