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Adoption Advocates

Openness is… inviting love in

“Family isn't always blood.  It’s the people in your life that want you in theirs.  The ones who accept you for who you are.   The ones who would do anything to see you smile and love you no matter what.”Author UnknownThis quote sums up how I see my children’s Birth Parents, at least the ones we are able to have relationships with. They are family, they love not only the child

Gift Ideas for the Birth Parents in Your Life

  It is that time of year many of look forward to (some even plan for) all year long!   Christmas is filled with sweet smells, family gatherings, cards to friends, beautiful music and twinkling lights.   Christmas is a time for celebrating and memory making, a time for reminiscing about the past and being thankful for today and the future.   While we are enjoying everything that brings Christmas to life

Childless at Christmas: A Survival Guide

 Erma Bombeck stated: "There is nothing sadder in this world than to awake on Christmas morning and not be a child."For a couple battling infertility, the statement could read: "There is nothing sadder in this world than to awake on Christmas morning to a house empty of children." I know this is true for me, because I have lived it. When you are a couple

Adoption Holiday Blues and How to Beat Them

A few years ago I was able to be part of a local birthmother group, it was a wonderful experience and I made so many wonderful friends. I was able to talk to girls who were about to place their babies for adoption, and ones who already had placed. Together we laughed and we cried but most of all we understood each other.I remember after

Is There Joy in This Journey?

Is There Joy in This Journey?  It seems no matter what situation you find yourself in you can now go online and find someone who is, or has gone through, the same struggles, fears, or trials you are going through. I feel as if the internet is full of information that can overwhelm you with knowledge, a lot of the time that can be a wonderful

Celebrating Adoption- Ideas for Couples and Families

November is just a few days away and we are seeing the sights of the upcoming holidays as we visit retail shops or go online to read blogs, visit Pinterest or shop amazon.   But November brings another reason to celebrate.  November is National Adoption Awareness month.   A whole month dedicated to the amazing work of adoption.   It seems so fitting to have adoption month come

Good Adoption Terms to Know

Adoption TermsAdoption assistanceFinancial or medical assistance given on a one-time or on-going basis to an adoptive parent on behalf of an adopted child. This subsidy may be provided through federal, state, county and/or local resources. (See itle IV-E.)Adoption services Any activity/procedure designed to facilitate the entire legal process of adoption including intake, pre-placement activities and planning, adoptive placement of the child, post-placement activities, and post-legalization (or

7 Ways To Conquer Your Fear That A Prospective Birthmother Won’t Choose You

Maybe it was because Halloween was just around the corner. Or maybe it was because of something else.But for whatever reason, Cassie was scared. She was worried that she and her husband wouldn’t get chosen by a prospective birthmother, putting an end to her lifelong dream of becoming a parent.Never mind that she hadn’t even sent her adoption profile out yet.  The worst case scenarios