Adoption is a word of love in our home. Birth mother is a word of courage. “Placing” your child, instead of “giving” your child away, is taught and enforced. Family is a word not just about blood, but an open heart. Sister is a word of pride. Words matter, and teaching my children the appropriate adoption language is the seed to change.
With all of the red tape we worked to get through and help we received to get there, we still found ourselves gaining wisdom through our experiences from some of the things no one tells you before you start the adoption process.
Life as an adult adoptee isn’t always easy, but you don’t have to go through this journey on your own. Whether you’re ready to search for your birth parents, or you’re looking for uplifting and captivating stories, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best articles and resources for adult adoptees.
Many women who placed children for adoption go on to have children they choose to parent, or may be in a position where they are placing a child after already having other children. How do you answer the inevitable questions about adoption? Here’s how.
Is adoption an option for anyone? If you have differing abilities and dreams of becoming a parent, this may be a question you’ve asked yourself. Here are the answers.
Social workers represent hope and change for adoptive parents, prospective birth parents, children and all kinds of families in your community. Waiting adoptive mom Jill discusses meaningful ways to thank social workers during National Social Work Month!
Going through an adoption can sometimes prompt rude or insensitive questions and comments from spectators. Some adoptive families can find the questioning bothersome, but I see it as an opportunity.
Seventeen years had passed since I looked into those bright eyes and smelled that sweet scent. The world stopped, nothing else moved, no other breath exhaled except hers and mine. Two beacons that had been calling to each other for years had finally found one another.
Adoption disruptions can be challenging. Navigating the emotional recovery alone is difficult, but what about the practical issues that follow? What are the next steps and what happens to the funds you’ve already invested?
When you are trying to explain your adoption decision to your child, what do you say and how much detail should you include? How can you approach the process in a way your child will accept and understand?