Birth Mothers Amplified Episode 17: The Paradigm Shift of Adoption

If you haven’t listened to Birth Mothers Amplified yet, here’s how they describe themselves (because they can explain this far better than I can): “Birth Mothers Amplified is a podcast that is co-hosted by...

How to Support Your Teenage Adoptee

To write this article to help you support your teenage adoptee, I tried to interview my teenage sons. As you can imagine, that did not go the way that I had planned. (Things generally don’t go as I plan these...

Nature Versus Nurture: The Adoption Conversation

What is the Nature Versus Nurture Conversation?  Families who are all biologically related talk about it. Families who are blended talk about it. Scientists and psychologists run analyses on the topic...

An Open Adoption Needs Open Communication

The words “open adoption” can bring up many emotions and questions. Open adoptions allow for some sort of contact with the children’s biological family and the child(ren). The attorneys can complete and...

Adoption Centers Near Me

Adoption centers, also known as adoption agencies, are the first stop for both birth parents and adoptive parents in the adoption process. Adoption agencies are the ones who will guide birth parents in the...

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...

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...

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...

The superheroes of adoption come in many forms—you might even be one! Here are a few stellar examples of superheroes in the adoption world.

The Superheroes of Adoption

When I hear the word superheroes, I think of comic books, cartoons, and movie characters like Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman, and Spider-Man. My oldest son started his love of superheroes at a young age. His favorite...

There have been many attempts over the years to make movies about adoption. Let's take a look at the good, bad, and ugly adoption movies.

Movies about Adoption

Cue the lights, pop the popcorn, and settle down in the best seat in the house to enjoy 90 plus minutes of escape to another realm. The entertainment industry is not only worth hundreds of billions of dollars, but it...

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...

You may be surprised at the number of historical figures who were adopted. Many of these individuals are household names. They contributed.

Historical Figures Who Were Adopted

Adoption is often looked upon as a barrier to happiness, success, and fulfillment, but in fact, many well-known historical figures have been touched by adoption. Despite the stereotypes and myths, these people have gone...