Eating to Live and Living to Eat . . . and Parenting

By David Hardy // Attorney My wife is an “eat to live” type of person. She eats plenty of vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, avoiding fats, sugars, and other simple carbohydrates. On her birthday, when she splurges, it is with a chocolate whole-wheat applesauce cake. Her preferred recipe does provide for sugar and chocolate, but the final […]

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(Video) Why Would You Want To Have An Open Adoption?

These four adoptive parents talk about why they chose open adoption . . . and why they wouldn’t want it any other way. Jessie knew right away that she wanted an open adoption. She says making this choice wasn’t hard after she mentally put herself in the position of both an adoptee and a birth mother, […]

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(Video) Why Would I Choose Adoption For My Child?

Two birth moms and two social workers sit down together to discuss reasons that someone would choose adoption for their baby. The bottom line? Every situation is different. Every person is different. There is no cut-and-dried answer to an unplanned pregnancy. Some factors that these moms took into consideration included: Difficulties surrounding the baby’s conception. […]

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(Video) Don’t Adopted Kids Have Issues?

But don’t adopted kids have issues? In this panel discussion between adoptive parents, Amanda mentions this as a question she has heard on more than one occasion. Her response? Who doesn’t have issues? Although adoption does bring up its own set of potential problems—identity issues, attachment difficulties, feelings of loss or abandonment—they’re not something prospective adoptive […]

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(Video) Adoptive Parents Talk About Coping With Setbacks

When an adoption placement falls through, you may find yourself trying to pick up the broken pieces of your heart, wondering how to cope. In this video, these four adoptive parents talk about what helped them through their own adoption losses. Their recommendations include: 1) Prioritize the well-being of expectant parents. Understand that expectant parents are doing […]

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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 […]

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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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