Adoption Blog

  • Open Adoption Advocates In Alberta Call For End To Ban On Online Profiles

    Waiting adoptive parents and open adoption professionals in Alberta say it’s time for the government to update its ban on online profiles. Speaking to the CBC, they say the law prohibiting advertising by adopting parents, which includes posting their parent profile on Canada Adopts!, is unfair and puts them at a disadvantage. In open adoption, couples hoping to adopt can often take months or even years off their wait time by connecting directly with families that are placing their baby for adoption. And as

  • What Is Placing A Baby For Adoption Really Like?

    What is it really like to place a baby for adoption? Although everyone has an opinion about birthmothers and their decision to place, the inner workings of that decision still remain a mystery to many people. That’s why this article published in Cosmopolitan earlier this week is worth reading. Based on interviews with four anonymous birthmothers ages 24 to 33, “What It’s Really Like to Place Your Baby For Adoption” takes readers behind-the-scenes, sharing the women’s placement stories and how the experience

  • How Infertility Prepared Us For Infant Open Adoption

    This post is by Mira Gallaway, a hopeful adoptive parent. I don’t want to say that adoption was our last choice for starting a family, but to be honest, it kind of is. We are infertile. It doesn’t get any easier reading that word even though I’m sure I’ve typed it now over a million times, and read it probably over a billion. Infertile. This word has ruled my life for the past two years. I’ve missed life because of this word. I’ve

  • Why Manitoba Waiting Parents Should Be Allowed To Post Their Adoption Profile Online

    This guest post is by Meghan Dyck, a hopeful adoptive mother.  Adoption is hard, but not in the way you may think. When people think of adoption, some may think of the mountains of paperwork to do.  Others may think about the waiting process.  And others, yet, may think about the openness that may be involved.  Those pieces of the adoption process can be difficult, don’t get me wrong. But there is another piece that I found was surprisingly hard to

  • 5 Biggest Mistakes Waiting Adoptive Parents Make At The Start Of The Year–And How To Avoid Them

    Happy New Year! There’s nothing like the start of a new year to energize your adoption journey. It’s a chance to reset, reboot, and rejoice in your efforts to build your family. But how do you turn the page and make sure that this year will be your year to adopt? How do ensure that 2017 won’t be a repeat of 2016? What can you do now to leverage the sense of hope and optimism in the air and increase your chances

  • Adoption Is…Love, Loss, And So Much More

    No matter what the question is, we can always count on our online community to find the answer. Looking for a local support group? Want help with your home study? Need a hand creating your parent profile? Our fans and followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are always ready to step up to the plate and do their part to help. Last month, during Adoption Awareness Month, was no different. Except this time we were the ones asking the questions. And that

  • “Adoption = Love” And 18 Other Things You Told Us During Adoption Awareness Month

    Adoption Awareness Month has come and gone, but many of the issues and concerns it raises haven’t gone away. As we do every year, we explored them in our series, “30 Questions, 30 Days” in which we asked our Facebook followers a different question every day. Here are some of the responses we received from waiting adoptive parents, adoptive parents, birthparents, and adoptees based on their experiences. For more discussions on all aspects of adoption, be sure to check out our

  • Will Sandra Bullock’s New Adoption Inspire Others To Adopt From Foster Care?

    For months, Sandra Bullock was sitting on a secret. But today, she finally revealed it to the rest of the world: She’s a mom again. By adoption. Seven months after being named Woman of the Year by People magazine (and, at 50 years old, she was the oldest woman ever to earn that honour),  Bullock tells the magazine that she has a new daughter, Laila. For months, the Oscar-winning actress denied reports that she had expanded her famous family. That’s because Laila, 3 1/2, was in

  • Why We’re Not Angry With Our Daughter’s Birthparents

    This guest post is by Crystal, an adoptive mother.  There is a question that we get asked time and time again, from friends, family, even professionals: “Aren’t you angry with them?” The “them” are our daughter’s birth parents. Birth parents of children with special needs are faced with a hard stigma.  So often in our experience people seem to want to blame them, to label them as selfish, weak or heartless. And I’m guilty of it. When we first were read