Birth Parent Expenses – A Delicate Balance

By David Hardy // Attorney Why does it cost so much? That question, in various forms, is regularly asked of adoption professionals. Usually it comes from parents hoping to adopt, but others ask it as well, including judges. Several years ago, an adoption agency retained me to represent it after a judge, during an adoption finalization hearing, […]

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Busting Birth Parent Stereotypes

By Melissa Williams, LCSW // Executive Director I know it’s been said before, but I have to say it too: Birth mothers are the most amazing people ever. But seriously. These women. These birth moms. They are exceptional. They are full of beauty and grace. Every day I work with these tremendous human beings, and I want […]

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(Video) Birth Moms: What Do You Wish You Had Known Before You Placed Your Child?

We’ve all had experiences in life that we wish we could return to with the 20/20 perspective provided by hindsight. These birth moms talk about the things they wished they’d known before placing their babies for adoption. If you’re pregnant and considering adoption, hopefully their advice will help you as well. Some of our favorite tidbits from […]

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4 Reasons to Avoid Building an Adoption Relationship Through Text Messages

By Mindy Jensen, LSW // Adoption.org Social Worker Watching a relationship develop between an expectant mother and a prospective adoptive family is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. It is fun to observe when it is good, but it is heartbreaking and nerve-racking to watch when the relationship hits a rocky patch. Many […]

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What is Open Adoption Like? | Birth Mother Voices

When approaching adoption for the first time, hopeful adoptive parents and expectant parents alike will often find themselves wondering an open adoption will look like for them. The answer is: it varies. There is no “one-size-fits-all” template for an open adoption. Like Tamra says in the video, “Because personalities are different, it’s going to be totally […]

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Beware! The Law May Not Mean What it Says

By David Hardy // Attorney I am an attorney by profession. Several years ago, a client, a large health care facility, approached me to make an argument on their behalf. They sought government funding to cover the cost of care for a patient. My task was to appeal a decision denying that funding.[1] My clients directed me […]

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Closed Adoption and Medical History

By Rhonda McClung // Guest Writer When I was in my late twenties, out of college and working, I went with my best friend to meet her birth mother for the first time.  I just happened to live in the same city as her birth mother, about five hours from our hometown. At that time, […]

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How I Chose My Baby’s Parents – Plus 5 Pieces of Adoption Advice

By Lindsey Redfern  // Guest Writer Jessica is a birth mother who placed her baby for adoption while using the adoption resources available to her through Adoption.org. She recently shared how she chose the family she placed her baby with. We also asked her to share any adoption advice she has for families who are hoping to adopt. When […]

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Reflections on Our First Year: Three Adoption Truths

By Melissa Williams, LCSW // Executive Director Adoption.org recently celebrated its first year anniversary as an adoption agency. Around that time, we also celebrated our tenth adoption placement. These markers have provided me with an opportunity to reflect on everything that has happened over the past year. It’s been a bit of a wild ride! We’ve […]

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Unexpected Outcomes and Special Needs Children

By David Hardy // Attorney Some months ago, my wife and I attended the musical “Ragtime,” which is based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow. I was not familiar with the musical and had only a general awareness of the novel. We obtained the tickets as part of season subscription with a theater company known generally for […]

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