Adoption Blog

  • The Incredible Story Of How Our Four Adoptive Families United As One

    This guest post is by Lisa, an adoptive mother. Our adoption story may not be unique, but our family is. It began in 2007 when our son’s birthmother placed him for adoption and a baby boy joined our three daughters. That part of the story is not unusual. What is unusual about our adoption journey is that my son’s mother gave birth to an additional six children between 2009 and 2014. All of them have been adopted by four separate families through

  • How To Support Someone Through The Roller Coaster Of Adoption

    This guest post is by Kristin Vredevoogd, an adoptive mother and author. Many movies and television shows misrepresent adoption and portray couples who easily say, “Let’s adopt,” and it’s smooth sailing from there.  Adoption is filled with many opposing emotions on every side of the adoption triad.  There is joy and sorrow, loss and gain, and grief and fulfillment.  Adoption is something that can be difficult to relate to unless you have personal experience.  While adoption contains a positive end

  • Waiting To Adopt Is Hard. That’s Why I’m So Grateful For My Family And Friends

    This guest post is by Barb, a waiting adoptive mother. My husband and I have been officially waiting to adopt for 1 1/2 years but that’s just on paper. In our hearts, we’ve been waiting for much longer. It’s not an easy journey and when all the paperwork is done and there is nowhere left to register, all one can do is wait. Wait for that phone call or email saying that you’ve been chosen. It’s the moment I dream about

  • Placing My Baby For Adoption Has Given Him Twice The Love

    This guest post is by Shelby Craig, a birthmother.  Most people think at 22, a single mother can thrive. Don’t get me wrong, many can. But when I was unexpectedly pregnant, I knew I couldn’t give my son the things he needed. He needed parents who could give him everything, especially love. I had plenty of that to give him, but love is not enough. So I found two incredible people who were more than willing to welcome him into

  • “Should I Give My Baby Up For Adoption?” A Birthmother Counsellor On What You Need To Know

    If you’re pregnant and asking yourself “should I give my baby up for adoption?”, you’re not alone. Every year, women from all walks of life from all across the country, ask themselves the very same question. Most women who create an adoption plan do it because they’re unable or not ready to parent and want the best for their baby. And yet even though placing a baby for adoption is an act of love  (note, like others in the adoption community, we use this

  • 6 Ways to Promote Your Online Adoption Profile For Free

    We see it happen all the time. Prospective adoptive parents will spend hours writing and fine-tuning their adoption profile until they’re finally satisfied with it. Then they’ll post it online, either on a stand-alone platform or on our adoption profiles page, and sit back and wait until a prospective birthmother contacts them. Don’t get us wrong. This strategy often works. But if you really want to boost your odds of grabbing the attention of expectant parents with an adoption plan, you’ll need to go

  • 7 Things No One Told Me Would Happen After We Created Our Adoption Profile

    Creating an adoption profile is one of the least fun steps in the private domestic adoption process. And that’s putting it mildly. Most waiting parents would sooner have root canal than sit down and start theirs. But regardless of what you think of adoption profiles, there’s no questioning their importance. Next to word of mouth, they are the most important outreach tool in your networking arsenal—a potential game changer when it comes to reaching out and connecting with an expectant mother

  • Choosing Adoption For My Baby: Am I Doing It for the Right Reasons?

    Choosing an adoptive family for your baby is a key part of the open adoption placement process. But as you go through the profiles of adoptive families, one question that may be nagging at you is, am I doing this for the right reason? Placing a baby for adoption is a personal choice, one that only you can make. Even the most confident expectant mothers struggle with it and undergo periods of intense soul-searching in the weeks and days leading up to placement. That’s perfectly