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Birth Grandparents and Adoption

Adoption is not where you and your grandchild’s story ends; it’s only the beginning with an open adoption!


Dealing with Distance in Open Adoption

What if that perfect family for your baby happens to live on the opposite side of the country? 5 guidelines for making long-distance open adoption relationships work:


How You Can Make an Adoption Plan in Prison

Pregnant women in prison have options — and if you’re pregnant in jail and want to make an adoption plan, American Adoptions can help.


How to Talk to Your Family About Your Adoption Decision

Telling your friends and family about choosing adoption for your child is never easy. Here are some tips to help:


How to Build an Adoption Support System

Whether you’re a pregnant woman considering adoption or a hopeful adoptive parent; you don’t have to go through it alone! Read how to build your adoption support system.


What Does an Adoption Specialist Do?

Choosing adoption is a big decision. It doesn’t matter if you are looking to be the adoptive family, or if you are the birth family. Both parties have a lot to consider when they choose adoption. The support of loved ones is extremely important and necessary. Also important is the support of an adoption specialist.

An adoption specialist’s role is vast. They are educators, counselors, and advocates for both birth families and adoptive families.


Why Open Adoption is Important to Birth Mothers

The question is: why is having an open adoption important to me? Having an open adoption means I stay connected with my child. Just because I made a decision not to parent every day doesn’t mean I don’t want to have a relationship with my child. I also believe that us having a relationship is better for him as well in the long run.


5 Ways to Help a Birth Mother Heal After Placement

It is ultimately up to a birth parent to take responsibility for their own healing after placement. As adoptive parents, there are a few key things you can do to help a birth parent with the process after placement.


Drug Usage During Pregnancy: How it Affects Baby

When adoptive families are asked what kinds of prenatal drug exposure they are open to in their child, their main concern is the health of their future child. In a perfect world, an adoptive family’s child will have had no drug exposure and will be born perfectly healthy.

The unfortunate fact of the matter is that many babies placed for adoption have been exposed to some type of drug in utero. Exposure can vary from very little to multiple times per day, and effects on the child can vary just as greatly. However, each of these babies has something in common: they’re in need of a loving family to care for and nurture them.

Before making any decisions regarding drug exposure, it is important that adoptive families understand the possible effects on the child. Below, we have identified the most commonly used drugs and the possible effects they may have on an unborn child.


Tips for Bonding with Your Child’s Birth Parents

Bonding with my son’s mother has come more naturally to me at certain times, and felt more difficult at other times. There were times that I felt insecure about bonding with her because I was afraid of what she might think of me. I think I realized that she was fearful of the same thing. You see, people are people, no matter what role they play in life. Whether you are a birth mother or an adoptive parent, you are still human. Human beings get fearful and insecure about what others might think of them. We may second guess actions that we take or words that we speak. Confidence doesn’t come easy for the fallible human being. Therefore, bonding with a birth parent may feel like a challenge.

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