Adoption Blog

  • 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

  • 5 Top Reasons An Expecting Mother Chooses Open Adoption For Her Baby

    If you’re expecting as a result of an unplanned pregnancy and looking at open adoption for your baby, you’re likely wrestling with a lot of questions. And one that may come up again and again is simply, “why?” Why adoption? Why look for adoptive parents for your baby? Is it the right thing to do? Why do other women choose adoption for their child? How do your reasons stack up against theirs? These are all good questions. Problem is, there are no simple answers.

  • 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

  • Your Adoption Match Meeting: 6 Things To Say To Get Off On The Right Foot

    Adopting a baby can sometimes feel like an obstacle course. No sooner have you overcome one hurdle—taking the PRIDE course, finding an agency, completing your home study, etc.—than another one comes your way—writing your parent profile, creating your social media channels, spreading the word to family and friends, etc. But those challenges are minor compared to the one that eventually awaits you down the road: Meeting an expectant mother with an adoption plan for the first time. Match meetings are a lot like a first date, with both parties

  • Stop Bashing Birthmoms For Placing Their Babies For Adoption

    This guest post is by Barb, a waiting adoptive mother.  It boggles my mind how often I hear negative things about birth moms. And the things I hear make me mad. An acquaintance mentioned to me that even though he wanted me to fulfill my dream of adopting, he would question the mental state of a birth mom. He said he would be really cautious with anyone willing to “give up their own child.” This comment bothered me on so