Adoption Blog

  • 5 Life Lessons I Learned Through Open Adoption

    This guest post is by Angela Krueger, an adoptive mother and parenting writer.  I like to think there is a deeper meaning to things and I kept this philosophy close to me during our open adoption journey. The process of becoming an adoptive parent taught me a lot about my personal strengths, weaknesses and how I relate to other people, and open adoption gave me even more opportunity for self-reflection. With over a decades’ worth reading, discussing, researching and ultimately living

  • Waiting To Adopt Sucks. Here’s Why It’s Worth It

    This guest post is by “Mama Bear,” an adoptive mother and blogger. 1 year, 3 months, 11 days. 468 days. 11,236 hours. That is the time it took to go from our first adoption agency meeting to tucking our son into bed the first night we were a family. That is the time it took to go from the picture in my mind to a better reality. The hardest part of those 468 days was definitely the waiting. Some people

  • Handling Open Adoption Questions from Family and Friends

    Shannon Talbot is an adoptive mom and blogger. I recently asked friends and family what they would like to know about open adoption but may be too afraid to ask. I received lots of really great questions (a lot of the same ones I had before I started my adoption journey). So thought I would share them here, along with how my husband and I answer them. Everyone is different but I don’t offend easily, especially when it comes to

  • The Day Our Daughter Met Her Birthmother

    Linda Rosenbaum is an adoptive mother and author.  My husband and I had always told our daughter that we wanted her to wait until she was at least eighteen before meeting her birth mother. That day was now three weeks away. Sarah was eighteen and ready. Denise, her birth mother, let us know early on that when Sarah was ready, she would be too. For eighteen years, Denise and I had been speaking on the phone, exchanging letters or, more recently, e-mails.

  • 27 Images Showing The Beauty of Adoption

    Adoption is a beautiful way to build a family. So what better way to show that than through these 27 beautiful adoption images and quotes? Do you have a favourite adoption quotation? Let us know in the comments section or on Facebook. And be sure to follow us on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and Google+ for more inspirational adoption words and images. 1. “Adoption is love.” 2. “Parenthood requires love, not DNA.”

  • “Do Birthmothers Like Poetry?” Questions Adoptive Parents Have When Writing Their Adoption Profile

    I’ve heard a lot of unusual questions about birthmothers over the last 13 years I’ve worked with adoptive parents. But there’s one I’ll never forget: “Do birthmothers like poetry?” It happened a few years back. It came from a single woman who was interested in posting her adoption letter on our site and had some questions about the content. A teacher with a gift for poetry, she had already published one book to strong reviews and had taken part in various readings in Toronto and other parts

  • 11 Excuses Why You Haven’t Been Chosen By A Birthmom — And How to Conquer Them

    Getting chosen by a prospective birthmom is hard work. It takes persistence, creativity, and a bit of luck. Actually, make that “a lot of luck.” More times than not, there’s no good reason why you haven’t been picked. It could be because your adoption letter hasn’t been out there long enough to make an impression. Or because the right prospective birthmom hasn’t come along and noticed it. And yet when things don’t go our way, we’re quick to come up with reasons

  • Your First Conversation With A Prospective Birthmother: How To Handle It

    Is there anything more stressful than reaching out and trying to make a connection with a prospective birthmother? How about speaking to her on the phone for the first time after she’s seen your online parent profile? You’ve jumped through so many hoops to get to this stage of your open adoption journey. The last thing you want to do is say the wrong thing and strike out with the one person in the world who could make you a parent. But

  • 8 Simple Ways To Shorten Your Wait To Adopt A Baby

    Waiting is a big part of the process to adopt a baby. But when you’ve been waiting a long time,  it can feel like it’s the only part of the process. If only there was a way to shorten your wait. Well, there is. Actually there are many ways. That’s because when you’re adopting a baby through private domestic adoption, you have the ability to reduce your wait time by taking control of your outreach efforts. It all depends on

  • Share Your Adoption Story With Us!

    Adoption transforms lives. So do adoption stories. Hearing how others have navigated the process can not only deepen your understanding of how adoption works. It can also help you overcome some of the barriers and challenges you encounter along the way. Because, as we all know, there will be hurdles! At our sister site, America Adopts!, we’ve published nearly 300 blog posts over the past three years. Many of them have been first-person stories by adoptive parents, birthmothers and fathers, and