Adoption Blog

  • 3 Wrong Reasons To Consider Open Adoption For Your Baby (And One Right One)

    The other day we were contacted by a woman with an unplanned pregnancy who was looking at creating an open adoption plan for her baby. Like a lot of women in her situation, she had considered parenting but didn’t think it was the best decision for her child at this stage in her life.  However, she still wanted to be involved in his life, which is why she was weighing the pros and cons of open adoption. From hearing her story, it was clear

  • Breastfeeding An Adopted Baby: What This Hopeful Mother Has Found

    This guest post is by Mira G, a hopeful adoptive parent My husband and I arrived at our adoption journey through the twists and turns of infertility.  Once we decided that biology wasn’t a necessity for creating our family, and then decided that pregnancy was also not required for us to happily have a family together.  So we began to move forward with the requirements in Ontario to become Adopt Ready.   We completed our P.R.I.D.E. training, survived our home study, registered

  • 5 Phrases Expectant Parents Hate To Hear From Adopting Parents (And What To Say Instead)

    Right now an expectant parent with an adoption plan is browsing through profiles of prospective adoptive parents, hoping to connect with someone just like you. So why not help her? Your parent profile is your calling card, a self-portrait that explains who you are, why you’re adopting, and what kind of parent you would be. Through your words, your profile can paint a compelling picture of your life and help you create a strong first impression in the minds of expectant parents. In short, it could

  • 10 Things An Expectant Mother Looking For Adoptive Parents Wants You To Know

    If there’s one thing scarier than dealing with an unplanned pregnancy and creating an adoption plan for your baby, it’s looking for adoptive parents to raise her. Even though adoption practices have become more open and transparent over the past three decades, the decision to place a baby is still widely misunderstood and frowned upon by certain members of society. What many people still don’t understand is that in open adoption today placing a child is an act of love, not rejection. Birthmothers—women who relinquish their babies for

  • Waiting To Get Picked By A Birthmother? 7 Things You Need To Stop Telling Yourself

    Waiting to be picked by an expectant mother with an adoption plan can do funny things to your head. Suddenly, your whole world revolves around getting “the Call” and finding a match. And the longer you wait, the harder it gets. It’s easy to beat yourself up while you’re in a holding pattern. But that won’t help you get chosen any faster. If anything, it will only make things worse. Here are seven things you need to stop telling yourself while you wait for an expectant mother

  • 10 Things An Expectant Mother Looks For When Choosing An Adoptive Family

    Starting a family is one of life’s most important journeys. But when you’re trying to start one through open adoption, you need others to help you along the way. While social workers and licensees can show you how to navigate the process and family members and friends can give you support, there’s another person you need to rely on: an expectant mother who is considering adoption for her baby. But finding her and making a connection can be a challenge since every expectant mother has

  • Adoptive Parenting Tips From the Trenches By An Adoptive Mom And Adoptee

    Am I a “real” mother, even though I didn’t give birth to my child? How do I deal with the pressure to be perfect? What do I need to do to bring out the best in my child and not feel guilty when I fall short? For adoptive parents, and especially new adoptive parents through open adoption, those are just some of the many questions that keep them up at night. Being a parent is the toughest, yet most rewarding job in

  • How To Throw The Perfect Adoption Baby Shower

    When most people think of baby showers, they don’t usually think of adoptive parents. But new adoptive parents aren’t all that different from other new parents. They face many of the same challenges and responsibilities, whether it be around-the-clock diaper changes, midnight feedings, sleepless nights, or just getting through the day in one piece. However, they also have to deal with a myriad of issues unique to adoption ranging from bonding to birthparents. Chances are, they could really use an adoption baby shower! 

  • 15 Motivational Quotes If You’re Adopting Or Placing A Child For Adoption

    Adoption can be tricky. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on it, something sneaks up out of nowhere and makes you question everything you thought you knew about the process. Whether you’re adopting a child or placing one for adoption, every journey has its share of surprises and setbacks. Keep in mind that most of the struggles you will face will be temporary, designed to test your resolve, so don’t let them get the better of you. Instead,

  • 10 Things Waiting Parents Who Find An Open Adoption Match Never Say

    Few things in the open adoption process are as challenging as finding a match with expectant parents. By then, you’ve already gone through the police checks, the financial checks, the medical checks,  not to mention the questions and reactions from your family, friends and others. But reaching out to expectant parents considering adoption takes your journey to a whole new level. As a waiting adoptive parent, you want to succeed. But sometimes there are things you may be telling yourself