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  • What To Do Before, During, and After You Post Your Adoption Profile Online

    Adoption isn’t a one-time event. It’s just one step in a life-long journey. Posting your adoption profile online isn’t any different. Finding the right words to grab the attention of prospective birthparents is merely the beginning of the networking process. There’s still lots to do to make sure that they see your message.

  • What Not to Say To A Woman Waiting To Adopt

    This guest post is by Preetha, a hopeful adoptive mother. Being a woman, and a childless woman at that, I’ve been on the receiving end of all kinds of comments and questions related to family planning. More recently, since I’ve experienced infertility issues and made the decision to adopt, the kinds of comments I receive have morphed a bit. I understand that people mean well, but some of their comments have stirred feelings of irritation.

  • How To Choose Photos For Your Adoptive Parent Profile

    When it comes to putting together a adoptive parent profile, hopeful parents  spend hours composing their letter, making sure that every word is just right. But by comparison, they devote next to no time on their photos, often picking out the first ones they can find. Big mistake. Your photos aren’t just an important part of your message to expectant parents. They could be the most important element as to whether or not you get picked.

  • 5 Adoption-Related Things Not To Say To A Woman With An Unplanned Pregnancy

    If you’re hoping to adopt, you’ve likely come across your share of rude and insensitive comments. Some of them may have come from strangers; perhaps others from your own family members. Either way, they can be devastating, even if in most cases they stem from ignorance rather than maliciousness. But if you think you’ve got it bad, consider what a woman with an unplanned pregnancy has to go through. Caught in a crisis situation, she has to make a life-altering

  • What Scared You The Most About Open Adoption? Birth Parents and Adoptive Parents Open Up

    Open adoption works — so successfully that it’s the norm for private domestic adoptions today. But for birth parents and adoptive parents just starting out in the process, the prospect of sharing personal details about yourself with complete strangers and having the option of ongoing contact with them can raise all kinds of questions and concerns.

  • How To Build Trust With An Expectant Mother Through Your Adoption Resumé

    Imagine you’re a woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy who is considering adoption for your baby. Imagine you’ve just gone through a handful of adoptive parent resumes online or at an agency and each one promises to give your baby the future you want to give her. Which one would you choose? How would you pick one resume over the other, and what criteria would you use?

  • Finding An Open Adoption Match: My Experiences As A Hopeful Single Adoptive Mother

    Finding a match through open adoption is hard enough, even for hopeful adoptive couples. But when you’re trying to adopt on your own as a single adoptive parent, it can be especially tough. Conventional wisdom suggests that most prospective birthparents favor two parents over a single one when it comes to choosing a family for their child.

  • Who’s Her Mommy? An Adoptive Mother Responds

    This guest post is by Deborah Brennan, an adoptive mother and owner of Labours Of Love Designs. The tie that links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated — Washington Irving Becoming a mother is one of life’s most complex experiences.  It is also the most long lived – for once you have earned the title, it is yours forever.  I have encountered this miracle three times – once by giving birth,

  • How We’re Reaching Out To Expectant Parents Considering Adoption

    Open adoption is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time — some would say, a lifetime — to fully understand. Most people have a vague idea about what’s involved in the process. But without a doubt the ones who understand it best are those who have adopted or are trying to adopt now. That’s why we’ve been asking hopeful adoptive parents from our Find A Family Parent Registry to share their open adoption experiences, stories and advice.

  • How Our Adoption Outreach Plan Got 500+ Facebook Likes

    If you’re hoping to adopt, chances are you have a parent profile on Facebook. After all, nearly a billion users are on it. It makes sense that you should be, too. But just how effective is Facebook in reaching out to expectant parents who are considering adoption for their baby? That’s the question I asked Tracy and Micah from our find an adoptive family registry.