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17
Apr
2017

How to Access Your Original Birth Certificate as an Adoptee

For adult adoptees who want to learn more about their adoption, obtaining your original birth certificate can be unfortunately tricky. Here’s what you need to know:

13
Mar
2017

9 Things Guaranteed to Make an Adoptee Roll Their Eyes

Have you ever said THIS to an adoptee?

22
Feb
2017

Reconnecting with Adoption Stories, as told by “This Is Us”

If you watch “This is Us,” you know there’s a lot of helpful adoption tips in the storyline. Here’s how the characters handled an adoption reunion.

27
Jan
2017

Adoption Reunions – What to Expect

For those who were involved in a closed adoption, an adoption reunion can often provide closure, connection and healing. But adoption reunions are also emotionally complex. Here’s what you should know before you consider reuniting with biological family members…

23
Jan
2017

Adoption Searches – What They Are and How to Start One

What is an adoption search? Who chooses to search for birth parents or an adopted child? Should YOU search?
Here’s what you need to know about searching for biological family members…

9
Jan
2017

Our Open Adoption Story – Diana

“Hey there. I’m Diana. I’m a writer and social media manager at American Adoptions. I was adopted as an infant in 1991 through an open adoption.”

9
Dec
2016

How Miss Texas is Using Her Platform to Spread Adoption Awareness

When Shelby Jenkins was only months old, her birth mother left her at a caretaker’s house — and never returned.

Luckily, after more than a year in the foster care system, Jenkins found herself adopted by two loving parents. Despite her rocky start in life, Jenkins became a skilled dancer, graduated from high school and college and even cinched a Miss Texas US International title. Today, she’s teamed up with Adoption Share and Adoption is Beautiful as an adoption ambassador, sharing her story across the country and spreading awareness about the realities of adoption.

5
Dec
2016

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.

17
Nov
2016

How One Mom Talks to Her Kids about Her Adoption

img_0010Jennifer Van Gundy is an Adoption Specialist at American Adoptions who is an adoptee herself. She’s also a mom to two kids, an 8-year-old and …

8
Nov
2016

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.

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