Families Who Want to Adopt

Families who want to adopt come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s a single parent, a couple, or a family with existing biological children or adopted children, the hope to adopt is shared by many families...

How Do I Improve Communication with My Adoptee?

Many parents, regardless of how their family is formed, are worried about having difficult and perhaps uncomfortable conversations with their children. Having a child who was adopted adds to this anxiety as...

How Much Does It Cost to Adopt a Child?

“How much does it cost to adopt a child?” is often the first question asked in most adoption scenarios. Whether the question is posed to an adoptive parent, adoption professional, adoptee, or on an adoption...

Coping With Anxiety In My Adoption

The idea of having anxiety relating to adoption is a concept that I largely avoided until about two years ago. I remember the precise moment when I realized that I was processing a situation the way that I was...

10 Things You Need to Know When Adopting a Baby in the U.S.

When looking at adopting a baby from the United States, there are many factors that potential adoptive parents need to consider. Sometimes, it can be tough to even know where to start, especially if this is...

Christmas traditions aren't always picture perfect. For families of foster care or adoption, these memories can mean even more...

Our First Christmas as a Family

Let me start by saying I was never as nervous or excited about Christmas day as I was that year. My husband and I had been married 14 years at the time and had spent holidays anywhere from big family gatherings to (my...

Of course, these songs are meant to tug heartstrings—that seems to be much of the purpose anyway. I, for one, have found these songs...

Christmas Songs About Adoption

There are so many reasons to be thankful this time of year. Family, friends, gifts, good food, laughter, and a reminder that despite the world being a dark and dreary place at times, love and light can break through...

Many social workers and adoption experts will help you navigate attachment issues that may arise from your children...

5 Ways To Improve Parental Attachment

Throughout your home study, as you prepare to bring home your child(ren), you will hopefully go through many different educational opportunities that will help you prepare to bring home children who may have experienced...

Community can be there for us during our lowest lows and our highest highs. It’s no different during the adoption process...

5 Reasons Why You Need Community

Finding Support In The Adoption And Fostering World Brene Brown says it best, “We don’t have to do it alone. We were never meant to.” Our communities are a huge part of our lives and mold and shape us every single day...

At first, their children were not on board with the idea of adoption. Children often struggle with the idea of change. It is helpful to...

7 Tips to Help Children Integrate

I met Teresa and Dave Johnson and their family at church several years ago. Anyone who talked to them just once could feel that they were good people who were full of love. There have been a few times since then that I...

Everyone’s experience is different, but these are five things I found to be important to remember in the first year of adoption...

5 Things to Remember in The First Year

With technology, it is easy to set reminders for yourself in every aspect of your life. Your phone can act as your assistant and tell you not to forget your grocery list, post office run, or to pay a bill. The days of...

Did you know that adoption takes teamwork? It seems like an obvious statement, but once you get into the process of adoption...

Adoption Takes Teamwork

Adoption Takes Teamwork Did you know that adoption takes teamwork? It seems like an obvious statement, but once you get into the process of adoption, you will find just how true the statement really is. When my husband...

While adoption has many benefits, sometimes those in the adoption triad can experience issues with mental health, like anxiety. But there.

Coping With Anxiety In My Adoption

The idea of having anxiety relating to adoption is a concept that I largely avoided until about two years ago. I remember the precise moment when I realized that I was processing a situation the way that I was because...

If you are an active member of the adoption community, you have probably heard the phrase "adoption is love." But what does that look like?

Spreading Adoption Love

Adoption is a Lifelong Journey Adoption is love is a phrase you may have seen or read before on memes, inspirational quotes, and poems. Spreading adoption love is an important message to be shared within adoptive...

You may have experiences in your life that leave you wondering, Is it okay to go to therapy? We can tell you, yes.

Is It Okay to Go to Therapy?

Therapy. This word may bring up many emotions. I know because this word brings so much up for me and my family. See, I earn my living as a clinician, my family is engaged in therapy due to trauma, and I have struggled...

One way you can learn about people from different backgrounds is by watching videos. There are many YouTube videos that feature adoption.

Adoption on YouTube

Talking about adoption with members of the adoption triad (child, birth parents, adoptive parents) shows the different experiences and aspects of adoption. You can learn something from all of their stories. They come...

If you were placed in an adoptive family, this Independence Day might be the perfect opportunity to free yourself from some heavy burdens.

Adoption Freedoms: Independence Day

The Fourth of July. Independence Day. A day associated with hot dogs and barbeques, block parties, fireworks, and sparklers. However, as the name “Independence Day” implies, this holiday celebrates the freedoms we have...

Lisa was content with her adoptive family. But when she took a DNA test, she found that she knew her birth mom from TV.

I Saw My Birth Mom on TV

There is a saying that life imitates art. In this case, maybe the art is reminiscent of a television show. This is a real-life story but it has all the elements of something you would see on your television...

The emotions surrouding adoption can run high, and poetry is a great way for individuals to both express and relate to these emotions.

Adoption Poetry

As someone who loves to both read and write poetry, I was thrilled to write an article about adoption poetry. What better way to creatively express feelings of adoption than to turn those feelings into beautiful words...

The Baby Scoop Era was a period in world history when many babies were born to unmarried mothers. Because of societal pressure, adoption.

What was the Baby Scoop Era?

Note: This article focuses on the United States specifically, but the Baby Scoop Era also affected Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom around the same time period.  1939 to 1972. In just 33...

This open letter from an adoptive mother to a birth mother gives some insight to the heartbreak and joy of adopting a child and shares some.

A Letter to a Birth Mother

Dear Birth Mother, I don’t know if I have ever imagined writing a letter to a birth mother. I have so much I want to tell you about the daughter you carried in your womb and will always carry in your heart. I have never...

The refugee crisis is real, and you may be wondering how you can help refugees from around the world, especially the children.

Refugees and Adoption

One year I had a student that was a late addition to my preschool classroom in Washington DC. The student came into my classroom and that day I learned that he was new to the country. On a normal day while lining up for...

Birth Fathers can be an overlooked part of the adoption triad, but that doesn't mean they can't be included. Here are some ways to honor.

Honoring Birth Fathers on Father’s Day

One of the members of the adoption triad that is least discussed is the birth father. The birth mother gets most of the attention, rightfully so. Birth fathers are often thought of as little more than a sperm donor, and...

Though they sometimes don't get as much attention as birth mothers, birth fathers are just as important. A birth father can make a positive.

Teaching Adoptees About Birth Fathers

Within the adoptive triad, there is so much discussion about the important relationship between the birth mother, adoptee(s), and adoptive family. It seems as though much of the focus is on the birth mother, but birth...

Birth fathers often have a bad reputation in the adoption community. But they can contribute greatly to the adoption triad.

Honoring Fathers in the Adoption Community

A father is an important part of a child’s life. Studies have shown that children who have affection and support from their fathers have great cognitive and social development. When my husband, Ryan, and I were facing...

Have you been considering international adoption? If so, what about adoption from Africa? Before adopting from Africa, here are some.

Adoption From Africa

Are you considering international or foreign adoption? If so, you probably thought of adopting from China or Russia, but have you ever considered adoption from Africa? Maybe you have already considered adopting from...