Adoption Stories

6 Ways to Care for Drug-Exposed Child

In adoption, drug exposure is common. It sounds incredibly scary and overwhelming to be open to situations that involve drug use. You’ll hear of all the risks and possible long-term effects. You’ll think about all the health risks. You’ll think about how that child may be more likely to develop unhealthy habits or addictions as they age. You’ll feel like you’re not equipped to deal...

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A Pledge to my Children’s Birthmothers

Whew, this is a big one. I’m already tearing up just from typing the title of this article. I feel overwhelmed by gratitude and weighed down by immense pressure all at the same time. Let me explain. I can’t fully grasp the depths of adoption even after I’ve adopted twice (and on the journey to do it a third time). Because the emotions, the biology, the...

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Why We Said Yes to Adoption (and no to fertility treatments)

While I certainly know that not all people choose to adopt solely because they’ve struggled with infertility, I’d be a fool to think infertility isn’t relevant to adoption. Because the truth is, most of us do choose adoption after we’ve experienced years of not being able to conceive on our own. Many couples arrive at adoption after enduring much loss – miscarriages, failed fertility treatments,...

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Post-Adoption Depression. Yes, It’s a Real Thing.

Post-adoption depression, much like post-partum depression describes the stress, anxiety, and emotions that may follow after your adoption takes place. Although it may not be a formally recognized diagnosis, it is very real. It’s typically preset in new mothers by adoption after the placement has happened or the adoption is finalized. And possibly the hardest part is that no one tells you, no one warns...

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Why I Will Never Refer to My Daughters as “Twiblings”

I am a mama of two beautiful girls. They are now 20 months old and 14 months old. That’s right – only six months apart. Life is wildly adventurous and beautifully chaotic with two toddlers but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. My daughters have brought me more love, lessons, and adventure than I could have imagined. Their relationship, even at such a young age,...

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Adoption is Brutiful.

Glennon Doyle Melton said it best. “Life is never all brutal or all beautiful. It’s both, all the time. Life is brutiful.” This is most certainly true for adoption. The overwhelming brutality and pure majesty it brings will perhaps provide you with a new perspective on life that few others experience. When we choose this journey, we do not get to choose what we experience...

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Over the Moon and Stars

When I was young, whenever I thought about what I wanted to do when I grew up, I always wanted to be a mother. I went through all the steps in my life, graduated high school, went to college, got married, graduated college and worked. The next step was to have a baby and to become what I wanted to be for so long, a...

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Why I’m grateful for Forever Bound Adoption

Though being adopted at a young age has taught me a lot, I could never expect placing my daughter would be such a trial and heartache, more than anyone can imagine.  Forever Bound helped me through my options and steps to help do what is best for my baby.  They were considerate and just were very kind to accept and support whatever decision I decided. ...

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