Birth Parents, Expecting Parents Considering Adoption

I’m pregnant and don’t know what to do. What are my options?

You may be feeling a range of emotions right now, and it’s important to know that it is normal and that whatever you may be feeling is completely valid. Remember that you have options. These options are not one size fits all, so what may work for someone else may not work for you. Let’s… Continue reading I’m pregnant and don’t know what to do. What are my options?

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Conversation with a Adoptive Mother and Social Worker

This week, I had the pleasure of speaking to a social worker here at Adoptions from the Heart, who also happens to be an adoptive mother. I was able to ask a few questions about her experiences as both a social worker and an adoptive mother and how the two have shaped each other. Follow… Continue reading Conversation with a Adoptive Mother and Social Worker

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Breastfeeding and Adoption

The first week of August is National Breastfeeding Week. Over the years, breastfeeding retains scrutiny from many groups of people. Some champion bottle feeding and maintain the idea that breastfeeding is inappropriate, especially in public settings. Some champion women's rights and believe a woman should choose for herself when and where to breastfeed her child.… Continue reading Breastfeeding and Adoption

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Why Are Visits So Important for the Adoptive Triad?

Why visits are so meaningful and how to promote healthy relationships for every individual AFTH birth mother Samantha helping daughter Charlotte walk during a visit at Millburn Orchard Last year was challenging and frightening. With so many unknowns from the coronavirus, our lives had to halt, keeping us confined to our homes. In order to… Continue reading Why Are Visits So Important for the Adoptive Triad?

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Emergency vs. Planned Placements

In the adoption world, there are two kinds of placements, emergency and planned. Many people who are new to the adoption world may not know the difference or what each entails. Adoptions From The Heart asked a couple of our social workers to break down both kinds of placements to make these options as straightforward… Continue reading Emergency vs. Planned Placements

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This is Us: Who are the weatherman and librarian? Randall’s Transracial Support Group and Ghost Kingdoms

WARNING! Spoilers ahead. Season 5 Episode 13: A look into Randall’s Ghost Kingdom and experience at a transracial support group. Are you keeping up with NBC’s hit drama This is Us? This season dove deep into Randall’s feelings towards transracial adoption. Throughout season 5, the show portrays the conversations the Pearson family is starting to… Continue reading This is Us: Who are the weatherman and librarian? Randall’s Transracial Support Group and Ghost Kingdoms

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Becoming an Adoption Counselor after being an Adoptive Parent

Written by Rebekah McGee a New York Adoption Consultant with Adoptions from the Heart. She and her husband adopted an infant son from Ethiopia in 2012 after a 2.5 year adoption process. Their family then had two biological daughters in 2013 and 2017. When I graduated from college as a social worker, I worked in… Continue reading Becoming an Adoption Counselor after being an Adoptive Parent

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Post Adoption Contact Agreement 101

What is a Post Adoption Contact Agreement? A Post Adoption Contact Agreement, commonly referred to as “PACA” at Adoptions From The Heart, is a formal and legal agreement that outlines the contact birth parents and adoptive parents will continue after placement. Only certain states have legally enforceable post contact agreements.  The type of legally enforceable… Continue reading Post Adoption Contact Agreement 101

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Making an Adoption Plan for Your Baby

Over the years, adoption is one of the many things that has changed drastically. Once upon a time, people thought women placed their baby for adoption because they were single and just happened to get pregnant. People also thought couples who adopted were inadequate because they couldn’t conceive. Thank goodness things have changed. Now, adoption… Continue reading Making an Adoption Plan for Your Baby

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What Does the Adoption Process Look Like for Women Battling Addiction?

Choosing adoption, can be one of the most difficult decisions of a woman’s life. While a woman may feel a sense of pressure as she must decide the future of this child, part of the support we provide as social workers, is the motivation to take control of the situation and figure out what is… Continue reading What Does the Adoption Process Look Like for Women Battling Addiction?