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Things to Consider When Attending the Birth of Your Adopted Child

I was fortunate enough to be in the delivery room to welcome my second daughter in to this world.  I was right alongside her first mommy, holding her hand, and telling her how brave and powerful she was. I felt her contractions through the squeeze of her hands and saw the intense affliction and grief through the tears in her eyes. I was in awe

How We Embrace Different Cultures & How It Relates to Adoption

We could talk about race, culture, and diversity until we’re blue in the face. It’s such a loaded, yet valid conversation in today’s world. Within the adoption community, there’s many conversations regarding transracial, interracial, and international adoption and how to embrace different races and cultural practices to help your adopted child learn about and embrace their biological roots. Now, you will find a million different

Is Your Company Considered Adoption-Friendly?

November is one of my favorite months. Not only does it usher in the holiday season where thanksgiving, family gathering, values, and giving weigh more heavily on our minds, but November has also been designated National Adoption Month. Like the holidays, celebrating adoption gives us an opportunity to reflect, give thanks, and center our minds on the importance of family. While we all may celebrate

The Benefits of Using a Local, Utah and Idaho Adoption Agency

If you are considering placing your baby for adoption, there are several adoption services options available to you. You can access placement services through a local Utah and Idaho adoption agency, a national adoption agency, or an adoption attorney. At Forever Bound Adoption, a Utah and Idaho state-licensed adoption agency, we believe there are many benefits that may make working with a local adoption agency

6 Things to Do After a Disrupted Adoption

Perhaps a hopeful adoptive family’s worst fear is experiencing a failed adoption. A failed adoption (also called a disrupted adoption) occurs when an adoptive family has been matched with an expectant mother who plans to place her child with the adoptive family and, for many reasons, the adoption does not happen. In some cases, adoptive families invest money, emotions, and time in to the match

Tried & True Tips for Flying with Babies/Toddlers

Traveling can be a feat on its own. But add a baby or toddler to the mix and it’s a full-on adventure! Many times, adoption involves travel unless you’re lucky enough to be matched with a local birthfamily and never have to venture too far. Otherwise, adoptive parents often go across states or even across the country to bring their baby home, meet with the

Humor as a Coping Skill: The Art of Not Taking Yourself So Seriously

“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.” Mark Twain (1835-1910), American Novelist and Humorist There once was a king who lived in two-story grass hut. Every holiday the king demanded to be given a new throne as a gift. As soon as a new throne arrived, he

Recognizing the Depressed Child and Adolescent

“The best cure for worry, depression, melancholy, brooding, is to go deliberately forth and try to lift with one’s sympathy the gloom of somebody else.” Arnold Bennett (1867-1931), British Novelist Parenting is inherently difficult work. Patience, endurance, and restraint are common traits that parents develop as they set boundaries, teach morals, and discipline their children. More difficulties compound when children and adolescents begin showing signs of

Dear Family, Here Are a Few Things We Need You To Know (An Open Letter To Families of Hopeful Adoptive Couples)

To Our Beloved Families, We have decided to grow our family by adoption! We understand you don’t have much exposure to adoption and it’s often misunderstood. We understand you are unfamiliar with the subject and may feel upset or uncomfortable with our decision. Or perhaps you feel as overjoyed as we do! We invite you to ask us questions or express your curiosities and we’ll answer