Like many new parents via adoption, attachment was our highest priority when we adopted our daughter. I read many adoption books and spent my days with her using as many suggestions to foster attachment as I could find.
It’s important to keep in mind that not every child – or parent – will respond the same way to attachment ideas and activities. It’s best to try a variety of exercises to find the ones that fit your child’s age, temperament and needs.
The following is a list of the ones that I felt worked best for us (pictured above): Continue reading →
Moving forward, you basically have two options: You can continue down the same path and keep doing what you did last year with the hope of producing a different outcome. Or you can change things up.
Since the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, it’s probably a good idea to try something new.
And one of the best things about building a family through open adoption is that you, like a prospective birthmother, can take your outreach into your own hands and do a lot of the networking yourself.
After all, if a woman has made an adoption plan and is looking for adoptive parents like you, why not help her find you?
And now, while the year is still young and bursting with hope and possibilities, is a great time to do it.
So without further ado, here are 8 things you can do today to increase your odds of connecting with an expectant mother with an adoption plan. Continue reading →
Having been through the infertility route I had heard of embryo donation before mainly in the U.S. (usually called embryo adoption) and also through fertility clinics, but never really thought about the concept of openness regarding this way of making a family.
As a result, I didn’t even entertain the notion of whether it would be a fit for me. It seemed like a far out there idea.
Now that I’ve been an adoptive parent for over a decade, I think I have a different perspective. The key for me really is the openness. Continue reading →