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  • Open Adoption Doesn’t Come With A Manual. Here’s What I’ve Figured Out As An Adoptive Parent

    This guest post is by AdoptiveBlackMom, an adoptive mother and blogger. I was a very naïve parent when Hope first became my daughter. She was 12 at the time, and while she talked about her custodial parent a lot she never really had much to say about her other parent or her extended family. I listened to the things that Hope’s social worker said about her extended biological family; most of it wasn’t very nice. I found myself with a lot

  • What People Don’t Understand About Open Adoption

    This guest post is by Tennille, an adoptive mother.  It was nearly five years ago when we were blessed to welcome our son into our family—he is the most amazing little boy! We built our family through adoption and have an open relationship with his birth family. Many people have asked us how do we do it. They say they couldn’t. They ask if it is hard to have communication with our son’s birth family or if it is hard

  • 7 Questions to Ask Your Potential Adoption Attorney

    This guest post is by Samantha Larson. Adoption is an incredibly exciting time as you and your family welcome a new member. While adoption is a time for celebration, the journey to this glorious event can be difficult as you weigh the pros and cons of each type of adoption. Whether using an agency, organizing an independent adoption, or proceeding with an international adoption, each type offers something different that may work better for some families, and not for others.

  • Waiting To Adopt? Inspirational Advice From Someone Who Was Once In Your Shoes

    This post is by Angela Boucher, an adoptive mother.  My name is Angela and I am an adoption and infertility advocate. I have a deep and personal connection to both of the topics. On my journey to motherhood I battled years of infertility, five failed IVF‘s and also a failed donor egg cycle. In the end, it lead my husband and me to adoption. I have to be honest: Adoption was not my very first choice.  I had always envisioned myself as

  • Thoughts About My Son’s Adoption, After My Divorce

    This guest post is by Mallory Baker, an adoptive mother. My son, Anikyn was born in February of 2016. When he was three days old, I received a call from the Seneca Nation Child and Family Department that a relative of mine had a baby and they were looking to place him with family, per ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act). ICWA is a law that was created to ensure that Native American children are placed with family or within the

  • 8 Top Questions We Get Asked While Waiting To Adopt

    This guest post is by Paige Knipfer, an adoptive parent. My husband and I are adopting again, and we are waiting for baby to be born. We get a lot of questions and are happy to share as much as we can to help others understand.  I thought an article discussing the top or most frequent questions we and others get asked might help others who are going through the adoption process.

  • Looking Back At My Open Adoption Placement 5 Years Later

    This guest post is by Alice, a birthmother. After two weeks of knowing I was pregnant with someone I wasn’t going to see again I poured myself into reading about families who wanted to adopt. I was curious about adoption. There were so many profiles that I read, so many people wanting to give their love. I was searching for something…a connection. I kept seeing my unborn baby as someone’s sibling and then when I found out his gender, as

  • How Open Adoption Builds Bridges to Healing

    This guest post is by Gayle H. Swift, an adoptive parent, co-founder of GIFT Family Services, and author. We adopted our children in the early 80s before open adoption became mainstream. Over the years, our understanding of how to be a good, loving parent evolved significantly. My children are now in their thirties with children of their own. Part of me still sees them as babies, toddlers… so loveable and sweet (most of the time) even as I watch and

  • How to Prepare For and Navigate An Open Adoption

    This guest post is by Rachel Garlinghouse, an adoptive mother and author. Our introduction to open adoption was abrupt.  Like, really, really abrupt. One minute, we were on our way to the courthouse to gain custody of our first child, an African American newborn girl, and the next minute, I was talking to the social worker who informed us that our daughter’s birth mother wanted to meet after all.    We wouldn’t have more than a few minutes to prepare

  • How To Use Social Media To Reach Pregnant Women Considering Adoption

    This guest post is by Faith Getz Rousso, an adoptee and adoption attorney. I am an adoption attorney who concentrates on private independent adoption in the state of New York. That is relevant because in the State of New York, along with approximately 41 other states, there are laws that regulate of use of intermediaries or facilitators (those who bring together prospective adoptive parent(s)/ with expectant parent(s)). In some states like New York and in the District of Columbia, only a licensed