How Much Does Adoption Cost?

Comprehending the cost of adoption can be an intimidating and confusing first step in the adoption journey for some. For others, it can be a deterrent altogether. When you ask, “How much does adoption cost?”...

5 Requirements for Adopting a Child

Parenting is not something that should be taken lightly. A parent is responsible for shaping, molding, and ensuring the child’s safety and health needs are met. A parent should be a child’s protector...

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...

Birth Mothers Amplified Episode 12: Communicating Desires and Hopes

The Journey of a Birth Mother For a birth mother, it is extremely vital that she makes her wants and needs known to the agency as well as the family she chooses when she is creating her adoption plan. In...

9 Things To Know About Adopting a Child in California

 A lot has changed when it comes to adopting a child in California. In 1980, I was adopted from foster care in California. Directly through the state, the adoption cost was $500. My adoptive parents, who had...

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...

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...

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...