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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…


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.”


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.


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.


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 …


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.


Make Adoptee Voices Heard: Support The Adopted Life Episodes Campaign!

Bryan and Angela Tucker, the creators of the documentary Closure, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their newest project, The Adopted Life Episodes. In the series, Angela will sit down with transracially adopted youth to bring awareness to a variety of complex issues. Now through the end of National Adoption Month, your donation to the Kickstarter campaign will help give viewers the rare opportunity to gain firsthand perspective from adoptees and let adopted youth know they are not alone.


Legacy of an Adopted Child – Author Unknown

In honor of National Adoption Month we want to share with you our favorite adoption poem.

Legacy of an Adopted Child is a poem that has been circulating through the adoption community for many years. It tells the story of how two mothers, a birth mother …


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 …


Wishing You a Happy Father’s Day Weekend!

American Adoptions wishes you and yours a happy Father’s Day weekend! We hope you are surrounded by loved ones on this special day. No matter where you are in the adoption process, we want to thank you for choosing adoption.

And for those of you …

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