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My Life as an Adoptee and an Adoption Specialist

American Adoptions’ Director of Social Services, Jennifer Van Gundy, shares her experience of being adopted as an infant and how it has impacted her life as a mother and a professional. 

Staff PhotosThirty years ago I was given the most awesome gift: my family. I know it sounds odd, but my birth mother decided that placing me for adoption was the best choice for both of us. I still can’t imagine all she went through to come to that selfless decision.

My mom was working as a nurse at a local hospital, so my dad was home alone with my brother when he got the call. It was happening. My parents could come to the agency the next day to meet their baby girl. (That was me!) They had been waiting three years for that call, and they were frantic, pulling cribs out of the attic to get ready for my arrival. My brother, who was 9, was pretty psyched too.My brother is my parents’ biological son, but my mom had complications from his birth that rendered her unable to have any more biological children.

Within four months, I became very sick and had to go to the hospital, where they discovered I had been born with a congenital heart defect. How ironic is it that I was adopted by a nurse?! My family went through so much with me that year, but it was all worth it.

People often ask if there is a difference between the way my parents treated my brother and I, since he was biologically their child. I always tell them the same thing: “No! My parents actually liked me better!” We were honestly treated the same. I was daddy’s little girl and he was a momma’s boy. He treated me just like any other annoying younger sister. Now that we are older we are very close, and I have enjoyed being a part of his new family!

I don’t know much about my birth mother. I was adopted in a time when adoptions were closed. She was able to hold me briefly at the hospital, and then she left without having met the adoptive family. She didn’t get to have that communication with my parents to know what they were like or what my life would be like with them. She got no closure.

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Facing Fears and Fostering Relationships – Katelyn, Matt and Marcus’ Story

Katelyn and Matt had a choice to make: in vitro fertilization or adoption.

The couple was planning a vacation to Colorado, and they decided that the long car ride would give them the perfect opportunity to talk about their options and make a decision. But when they woke up on the morning of the trip, they both knew what their answer would be.

“We both just knew it was adoption,” Katelyn says. “It was the strangest feeling. We just knew, 100 percent, that adoption was what we wanted to do.”

But while the hopeful parents were certain of their adoption decision, they also had some uncertainties that they needed to face — and some lessons to learn along the way.

Opening Up

Like many adoptive couples, Katelyn admits that prior to starting the adoption process, she and Matt were nervous about interacting with prospective birth parents.

“I didn’t understand how people could be open with birth parents… I think I was just afraid of open adoption,” she says. “It came from a place of just not understanding yet.”

It was around six months before beginning the home study that Katelyn came across a blog post that changed her mind. In it, an adoptive family had hired a photographer to document the time they spent at the hospital meeting their baby and his birth parents for the first time.

“They captured some pictures of the handoff between the birth mom and the adoptive mom, and that really changed my whole perspective of everything,” Katelyn says.

She and Matt began doing more research about open adoption. They read several accounts from people who had grown up in closed adoptions and realized that these types of relationships presented a number of emotional challenges for adopted children.

“We came to the conclusion that it takes a village to raise a child, and in our case, our child was just going to have two moms and two dads,” Katelyn says. “I don’t think now that there should be any reason why he can’t love both of us in different capacities — both me and his birth mom.”

In addition to their own research, Katelyn says their home study worker and the staff at American Adoptions helped them realize that a more open adoption would be best for their future child.

“[Our home study worker] was very in-depth with us about how we should handle the process, how important it was to foster a relationship with our birth mom, and how important it is that we’re open and honest with [our child] from the beginning,” she says. “Everybody was really good at preparing us for what our next steps would be and what we were in for.”

‘We Fell in Love Instantly’

About seven weeks after going active with American Adoptions, Matt and Katelyn received the call they had been waiting for — an expectant mother had chosen them as potential adoptive parents for her baby. Their adoption specialist scheduled a conference call for the following week so they could all get to know each other better.

“We were so nervous, but we were prepped and ready, and she was really great,” Katelyn says. “We fell in love with her instantly.”

The couple grew close with their son’s prospective birth mother, exchanging text messages almost every day and delighting in the ultrasound pictures she sent them. A month later, she told them she was going to be induced. Matt and Katelyn were on a plane within a few hours, eager to meet her in person and welcome their baby to the world.

The couple arrived in Virginia, where their son was being born, and spent the day excitedly shopping for the baby things they would need during their stay. They were anxiously waiting until it was time to meet the prospective birth mother at the hospital — and then the phone rang.

“About three hours before we were supposed to meet at the hospital, our adoption specialist gave us a call to let us know that [the prospective birth mother] had kind of had a moment of difficulty, and she wasn’t sure what her decision was going to be,” Katelyn says. “We mentally prepared for that, but it was still really hard. We just waited by the phone, and it got really emotional there for a little while.”

Katelyn says those few hours were the hardest part of their entire adoption journey, but she understood what a big decision their son’s birth mother was making. A few hours later, the expectant mother decided she was ready for them to come to the hospital.

Katelyn, Matt & MarcusLate Night Talks

Even though the couple was meeting their son’s birth mother for the first time, Katelyn says it felt like they had known each other for a long time. The doctors decided to wait until the following morning to induce labor, so they had the entire night to get to know one another. They all stayed in the same hospital room, watching Food Network until the early hours of the morning and discussing their future plans for the baby.

“We had a very unusual relationship with our birth mom,” Katelyn says. “We recognize that not everybody has that relationship where they can just sit in the hospital room and talk and be open, but we really love her.”

Finding the right words to comfort and thank their son’s expectant mother wasn’t easy at first, but Katelyn says their late-night conversations became very deep and open.

“She talked about her fears and we talked about ours, and there was this beautiful moment when we stopped filtering everything so much and being so afraid of saying the wrong thing, and we were just honest,” she says.

The doctors started the induction the next morning, and after a long labor, they decided to do a C-section. That was challenging for their son’s birth mother, but Katelyn stayed with her every step of the way — she was even able to be in the room when their son, Marcus, was born.

The new family spent the next two days and nights with their son’s birth mother, staying in her hospital room and bonding with her and the new baby until they were discharged. Saying goodbye was difficult for all parties involved, but Katelyn says their relationship with Marcus’ birth mom is still going strong; they still text every other month or so, and they hope to continue their open relationship for years to come.

“She gave us this incredible gift, and she has every right to be involved in his life,” Katelyn says. “And he has every right to know her and know where he biologically came from.”

MarcusA Positive Experience

Today, Marcus is a happy, talkative 11-month old. Matt and Katelyn say they loved their experience and would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

Their advice to other adoptive families is to always do what is best for the child. For Matt and Katelyn, that meant facing their fears and insecurities head-on and ensuring their birth mother’s adoption experience was as positive as possible.

“I think a lot of people go into adoption just wanting a baby, and it took us some time to learn just how much our birth mom was going through and how much of the adoption was about her and her baby,” Katelyn says. “I think it’s important to foster that relationship with her and to realize the sacrifice that she’s making in placing a baby for adoption, and just the sheer amount of work and thought she’s put into it… She’s every bit a part of this story, as much as our son is.”


Bringing Adoptive Families Together

– Erin, Jared and Charlotte’s Adoption Story

hartNot long after finalizing their adoption, Erin and Jared Hart took their six-month old daughter Charlie to a playdate with another adoptive family. The parents had a two-year old son named Henry, and these two kids had more in common than just adoption – in fact, Henry and Charlie share a birth mother.

Henry and Charlie’s birth mother was insistent on one thing in particular: that her children grow up around each other as much as possible. For Erin and Jared, this meant not only a biological brother for Charlie, but a support system for the whole family during the adoption process.

Erin and Jared’s story began in early 2015, when they decided to look into adoption and attended an American Adoptions seminar. After weighing their options, they ultimately decided to work with the agency. In the beginning, the adoption went very smoothly, part of which can be attributed to their approach to the process.

“We’re pretty easygoing,” Jared says. “It doesn’t help matters when you start getting frustrated or stressed out. It’s not always easy, but the more you can keep yourself calm, the easier the whole process is.”

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Our Journey to You – John, Anne and Daniel’s Adoption Story

John & AnneBy Anne (Mommy)

After being married for over three years and becoming settled into work and life in Georgia your Dad and I started to try for a family.  I had a long history of female problems and was concerned that I could not get pregnant.  This fear became a reality.  John, your Dad, had always talked about adoption and I was never against it but needed to feel in my heart that this was God’s plan for how I was to become a mom.  Once I was completely at peace and knew in my heart this was the way we were to become a family it was full steam ahead.

Once I was completely happy and focused on adoption, I started researching agencies, reviewing the process, reading blogs, and basically doing my homework on all things adoption.  After interviewing many agencies we whole-heartedly agreed on American Adoptions and in July 2014 we were ecstatic to sign the papers and start the process.

The next few months were filled with paperwork!!!  We had our kitchen table covered with computers, our printer, and mounds of papers.  I had checklists galore.  We completed our Home Study essays, took Ziggy and Zippo (your kitty brothers) to the vet, made physical appointments for your Dad and I at our doctor’s office, visited the county police office, and were finger printed at the Quik Ship many times.  During this time we also assembled our written portfolio and created our adoption video.  By April 1st, 2015 we had completed all the necessary paperwork and we were an active couple waiting for a birth mother to select us.

The next few months were the hardest part of this whole process for me.  During this time all we did was wait.  Especially June through July, when I was not teaching every day, I would think about you constantly.  I was praying daily for you and your birth mom, waiting to hear about your existence.  There were many tears shed and many phone calls to Kathy (our social worker at America Adoptions).  I wanted so much for you to be here at that moment.  I had to keep telling myself that it couldn’t be any baby, it had to be my baby.  I had to remember that God had a plan and that I had to wait for you.  God doesn’t work on my timeline and I had to be patient because his timeline is perfect.  It was also hard to return to school in August, having everyone ask about you and if we heard anything.  As I said it was the hardest part of this process for me, but you were totally worth the wait!!!

We were looking forward to October. Your Dad knew he would be traveling to the Philippines to help his Mom (your Lola) with his grandmother’s passing and to visit with his Dad (your Lolo) who he had not seen in 15 years.  We were also excited about your Grandma and Buddy (my parents) coming to visit for a weekend after their beach trip. Little did we know what was about to happen.


Finding the Perfect Family: Erin’s Adoption Story

Pregnant women who work with us often wonder how to pick a family. There’s no exact science to it, and often a woman “just knows” when she’s found the right couple! Hear from Erin about how she knew she’d found the right family in Suzanne and Adam.

“As soon as I knew I was pregnant, I knew I wasn’t in a position to give my baby the life they deserved,” Erin writes. So Erin and her boyfriend decided on adoption and began to look at family profiles.

“My boyfriend and I decided on important qualities and keywords and our search became much more specific,” Erin writes. “We had a small pile of “maybes,” but as soon as I read about Adam and Suzanne, I knew they would be the perfect parents for my child. They seemed like a combination of all the best aspects of my boyfriend’s family and my family.”

Erin arranged for Adam and Suzanne to travel to her hometown during her pregnancy so they all could get to know each other.

Erin says of the weekend, “We spent the weekend talking, laughing, and enjoying each other’s company. They were able to attend a doctor’s appointment with me on Monday before their flight left, and it was wonderful to see how emotional both Adam and Suzanne became upon hearing her heart beat for the first time and watching her squirm on the monitor. After we said very tearful goodbyes, I knew they were the parents I wanted for my child, and I felt very comfortable knowing my daughter would be loved immensely by these two wonderful people.”

Erin enjoyed more time with Adam and Suzanne when her daughter Vivian was born. She was even able to introduce them to her extended family. She says that saying goodbye was “very emotional, but I knew I made the right decision for my daughter.”

“She will have a life far better than any I could hope to provide, and she has loving, supportive parents who will nurture and guide her,” Erin writes. “It has been over a year since I placed my daughter with Adam and Suzanne, and the updates I receive reassure me that she is happy, healthy and well-loved.”

To read more of Erin’s adoption story and the stories of other women, visit birth mother adoption testimonials on our website. For pregnant women beginning the adoption process, read How to Choose an Adoptive Family to learn about how women who work with our agency select adoptive parents for their child!


Being Patient – Rebecca, Matt and Madeline’s Adoption Story

Rebecca, Matt and MadelineBy Rebecca, adoptive mother

When I think about the moment we decided to pursue adoption, I remember feeling anxious, scared, and most of all excited about the possibilities that were to come. The idea that I would be a parent at any time was a feeling that I would describe as a balloon getting ready to burst! I was over the moon excited.

But of course my husband and I knew that we were going to have to revert back to the days when we were children and our Mom’s would tell us “You must be patient.” The process itself was not as hard as I thought and honestly I think we took the most time gathering our pictures and writing our profile, that  American Adoptions were just waiting for us to finish. When we finally felt our profile was complete we submitted it and on June 8th 2015 we were in the “waiting period”.

However, a short week later we had received a call that we were a match for potential birth parents. We turned that down for personal reasons but we were very surprised that we had gotten a call so quickly! But our story doesn’t end there!

One week after that call, as my husband was six hours away from home on a business trip and I was driving on a major roadway to see my cousin’s new home, I got the phone call that changed our lives forever. The woman on the other end – Lara from American Adoptions Texas – was calling to tell me that we were matched with a beautiful young lady that chose us to be parents to a baby girl that was born the day before! We had been active a mere 17 days and here we are chosen to be PARENTS!!!

My husband and I recount the day we got the call about our 6lb 1 oz. baby girl almost every day. I don’t think we’ve stopped smiling even to this day. The calls to our families and friends were just filled with so much love for us and this baby that we hadn’t even met yet, it was almost overwhelming! My husband immediately left where he was and drove through the night to get to me. We left our home and headed to Texas by plane.  When we got to our baby we had been awake a total 36 hours!

MadelineWhen we walked into the hospital nursery and met and held her it was such a feeling of peace. This was it; this was our missing piece, a tiny baby girl named Madeline. All of our fertility struggles and tears were put to rest. This was the moment we had been waiting for. Madeline needed us to be patient and here she was an answer to what we had been working for since we had gotten married.

Madeline needed to be monitored in the hospital for a couple weeks which meant we had to make Texas our home for a bit. Kathie and Lara from American Adoptions checked in on us frequently and worked hard to make sure we felt comfortable with the paperwork that was to follow in regards to finalizing Madeline’s adoption. Kathie was patient with me as I took on becoming a mother literally overnight and trying to balance being away from home for a bit. She was always available. Even now almost six months later I can still call Kathie to just talk about Madeline. I send them pictures too – you know, to brag!

If you are reading this, I want you to remember this:  You will be a parent! It’s not a matter of how now, it’s a matter of when. As you wait for your call for your match or try and decide whether adoption is the route you should go, remember that love makes a family and out there in this big fish bowl of a world is a baby that needs you just as much as you want them.


Our Founders – Ted, Susan and Scott’s Adoption Story

February 13 was our 25th birthday and to celebrate we want to share with you our founders’ adoption story. Watch the video below or read Susan’s story. 

By Susan Mars, Co-Founder of American Adoptions

When I was growing up, all I really wanted to do was marry the man of my dreams and start a family. I married the man of my dreams but the family part was not able to be, at least not biologically the way most people plan. After many failed pregnancies, we made the decision to adopt an infant. We knew we both wanted to be parents and we knew we could love a child the same regardless if we gave birth to him or her.

We began the adoption process. We quickly learned adoption is not as predictable as having a child biologically.  When you give birth to a child you know a due date and there is a set timeline. With adoption, it started by completing tons of paperwork.  We then had a social worker come to our home, so she could approve us to be parents.

We were scared to death that we would not be approved for something as minor as having a disorganized sock drawer that wasn’t clean enough. When the social worker came to our home, she never looked in them. Of course our sock drawers were perfectly organized.

Once we were approved to adopt, we knew at some point we would be called to come to the office to receive our baby. We waited for what seemed like forever and even had a baby shower and fixed a nursery. We waited and waited some more.  We finally got the call that our son was born and waiting for us to come and get him.

We named him Scott and it was the most exciting moment of our lives when our social worker brought him into the room. I asked her to let his Daddy hold him first. It was a moment I will never forget. There is no greater gift that can be given to someone. I was in awe of Scott but also thought a lot about the wonderful woman who was brave enough and loved Scott enough to let him go. What a hard decision she had made.

Scott felt great about being adopted and grew up knowing his birth family placed him for adoption out of love. He decided he wanted to give back to adoption for all that he had been given. He graduated college and wanted to start an adoption agency. We had been a foster home for babies waiting to be placed with their adoptive family and he got to see firsthand how excited these couples were about receiving their child. It doesn’t matter if a child is born to you or given to you with love through adoption. They are so loved.

I still marvel at Scott and the fact that I was allowed to be his parent. I love him beyond words. From all of this, we started an adoption agency that has grown with a lot of love to be American Adoptions.

Read Susan’s full story here. You can also visit our website to read Scott’s personal story as well as an account from his father, Ted.


Dear Baby Girl – A Birth Mother’s Letter to Her Daughter

Love. It’s a powerful emotion. And between adoptive families, birth parents and adoptees, there is a lot of love going around here at American Adoptions. As Valentine’s Day draws nearer we start to think about the ones we love and wonder if they truly know the depth of our love for them.  

As a parent you shower you child with love every day. But as a birth parent distance makes it difficult to show your child just how much you love them. For one birth mother she hopes to show her daughter the strength of her love through a letter, in the hopes that one day she will understand.

Dear Baby Girl,

The most important thing for you to know is that you are loved beyond anything you can possibly imagine. Take a moment to look at the faces of your parents. These two wonderful people have given you a life that I never would have been able to provide for you. Out of all the children in the world, they chose you, chose to love you, chose to make you a part of their family. They will always be there to support you and guide you as you grow up to be the amazing young woman I know you will become.

When I found out I was going to have a daughter, I was overwhelmed. Petrified, even. I didn’t have the financial means or the emotional maturity to raise a child. Yet I was also secretly excited. I had always told myself that if I ever had children I’d want a little girl. And suddenly you were here in this world, crying as the doctors counted 10 fingers and 10 toes, asking me for a name. Yet as I looked at you I knew God had different plans for us.

Selfishly I considered keeping you to myself, but God guided me to your parents instead. I could see parts of myself reflected in them, and I knew that Amanda and Brian would be the best parents I could ever ask for to raise you. I will never regret the day I handed you over to them because I know that you are a part of an amazing family with an infinite number of doors open to you.

Just know that you will never be far from my thoughts, and that regardless of your life choices you will always have people in the world who support you and care about you.


Your Birth Mother




Keeping the Faith – Sean, Susanne and Dylan’s Adoption Story

As we wrap up National Adoption Month, we would like to leave you with a beautiful story of how one adoptive family survived the wait and made it to their happily ever after. Susanne and her husband Sean adopted their little boy, Dylan, through American Adoptions in 2012. Now, Susanne has shared with us the story of their amazing journey into parenthood. 

Sean, Susanne, Dylan By Susanne, adoptive mother

Having a family was something we considered to be an inevitability, a complete “given.”  Of course we’d have children, why wouldn’t we?  Don’t all people grow up, fall hopelessly in love, go forth and multiply?  But after several failed infertility procedures we started to wonder if a family was truly in the cards for us.  We started to question a lot of things in fact, wondering what mistakes we made along the way, why our bodies were failing us, and even whether we were failing each other.  But thankfully we didn’t languish very long in our sorrows. In fact, it was my husband Sean who was the one to pull us up by the bootstraps, dust us off, and made sure we acknowledged the pain but also looked toward the future.  “We’re going to have a family, I promise you that.  There’s a baby out there who needs us the way that we need them.  And I’ve got to say, there’s something really beautiful about people finding one another.”

Hindsight Is 20/20

I think back on those words now, and on that difficult period in general, as I watch my two-and-a-half-year-old son Dylan asleep in my arms, and I desperately wish that I could go back and comfort that sad couple.  I wish I could tell them “Stay strong.  Have faith.  It’s all going to work out just the way it was meant to be.”  I wish I could tell them not to be so hard on themselves, that these struggles are in fact fleeting and that in no time they’d be elbow deep in baby poop, toddler tantrums, and bargaining with their spirited son over eating his vegetables.  The hindsight we are graced with when the adoption process is complete can be very therapeutic, but we know full well that it’s not easy when you’re in the thick of it.  We know there are just some mountains that everyone has to climb, and there’s no right or wrong way to climb them, you just have to keep moving forward.  But what we can tell you is that on the other side of that mountain is a truly miraculous view.  Those of you who have been there know that view, and know it’s worth every moment it took to get there.  And we are here to tell you, you will get there.

We knew we were in good hands the moment we called American Adoptions, and were confident it was the solution we were looking for.  The wait wasn’t easy, as I’m sure many first-time parents will attest, and I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to calling my Adoption Specialist, Angie, quite often!  But not only was she patient, she was honest and she was correct. All along when she said it would all be worth it, and that it was just a matter of the right people picking us, she was right.  And in September 2012 when we got the Match Call it all made sense.  Every tear, every doubt, every “WHEN IS THIS GOING TO HAPPEN?!” melted away in an instant.  During our first call with the Birthparents we learned about the things we had in common, about the dreams they had for this little boy, and why they picked us.  We had a chance to express our gratitude, and even shared a few laughs.  To hear afterwards that Jack felt strongly he made the right choice was an incredible relief, and we looked forward to keeping in touch as Haylie’s February due date approached.

When It Rains…

Naturally when a child is born, one is on a business trip.  It’s Murphy’s Law, or at least it’s our law!  I was awoken at about 2AM on February 6, 2013 in my hotel room in Boston, hurriedly packed my bags, and trekked two and half hours home to Connecticut in the snow.  Sean and I finished packing for our trip to St. Louis, and started making our way to LaGuardia Airport in NY.  Just as we arrived at the terminal, we received a message that the baby had been med-flighted to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, and if possible we should redirect our flight there.  We had very little information to go on as to why that happened, and all we could do was focus our energies on getting to where we needed to be.   We finally arrived at the hospital later on that afternoon and were escorted to our sweet baby boy in the NICU.  The doctors and nurses couldn’t tell us much as Haylie had delivered by C-section and hadn’t yet signed any documentation allowing us medical details, but they comforted us as best they could.  He was hooked up to so many wires and machines, frankly we had no idea what would lie ahead, and we just had to have faith that the story would end happily.

Once the necessary paperwork was signed, we were informed he had a very traumatic birth, and that he came out unresponsive.  He suffered a few seizures in the nursery, and the Regional hospital he was born in felt it was best to transport him to a hospital more equipped to handle his medical needs.  The doctors and nurses at Mercy were simply amazing, attending to his needs as well as ours.  The hospital social worker was able to get us into the Ronald McDonald house nearby, in case his stay ended up being long.  In typical Dylan fashion, he started to turn a corner very soon, and within a week was weaned off anti-seizure medications, was symptom free, and began devouring all of the infant formula in stock.  We were told that we had every reason to expect he’d have a full recovery and that he would lead a completely normal life.  What could have been a month’s stay was just a little over a week, and in no time, we were in our hotel room awaiting ICPC, snuggling our sweet boy and watching late night Rock-u-mentary’s on The Eagles as we began our first 2AM feedings.

The Road Home

Having avoided a major (20+feet) snowstorm on the way to Missouri, we were of course bound to hit another one on the way home.  We got the call that we were able to return to CT and made the split-second decision to pack our bags, book a flight, and get home before Kansas City got buried in a foot or more of snow.  Sean booked the flight online while I scurried around packing bags and checking us out of the room.  We flew over to the airport, Sean dropped Dylan and I off at the terminal with the bags and went to return the rental car.  I quickly scanned the Departures list and had a moment of sheer panic when I couldn’t find our flight.  Knowing we had no car and no hotel, I calmly called my husband and asked him to confirm the flight number.  At that moment, he realized he had booked our flight home, but it was for a MONTH LATER.  I scooped up my sleeping son, made my way to the ticketing agent and begged for mercy.  After paying a significant upgrade to get the last three tickets out of Missouri to an alternate airport, we were almost home.  Did I snarl at every person who sneezed on that flight?  Yes.  Did I care that we sat next to the smelly bathroom?  No (well, maybe).  But we were going home!  We left as two, but returned home as a family of three, and had quite the story to show for it!

DylanLife on the Other Side

These last two and a half years seem like a blur.  Dylan has met every milestone and is the happiest, most precocious toddler there ever was.  He’s smart, funny, curious, and knows exactly what he wants.  He makes us marvel every day at how lucky we are and how divine this process truly is.  We could brag on for pages to his birth parents whenever we send them pictures and letters. While we don’t hear back from them, I respect their need for privacy and have faith that they smile just a Iittle whenever they receive them.    There are no mistakes in this world, of that I’m sure.  Everything happens for a reason and we are led to exactly the things we are meant to have.  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Keep the faith…


We Want to Hear Your Stories!

One of our favorite things here at American Adoptions is to hear adoption stories from our adoptive families, birth parents and adoptees. We love hearing all the wonderful things that make your adoption story unique and special and sharing those stories with our readers.

If you have an adoption story you want to share – whether you’ve written it yourself, whether you want us to help you write it or you want us to write it for you – we want to hear from you! Any story, big or small, we want them all!

Adoptive Families:

  • Tell us about your journey with American Adoptions
  • Tell us about your relationship with your child(ren)’s birth mother
  • Tell us about your first night/week/month home with your little one
  • Share your advice for other adoptive parents

Birth Parents:

  • Tell us about your journey with American Adoptions
  • Tell us about your struggles and triumphs with your adoption plan
  • Tell us how you’re coping with the adoption
  • Tell us about meeting your child’s adoptive parents
  • Share your advice for other birth parents


  • Tell us about your journey with American Adoptions
  • Tell us about your relationship with your adoptive and birth parents


Whether your story is short, long, happy, or emotional and no matter where you are in the adoption process, we want to hear about your experience. This is your chance to share your story with the adoption community and help people just like you. Email your story to and we’ll share it with our readers!

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