After a year of being virtual, nature is calling. Why your family should answer the call. Parks sealed off with caution tape. Virtual schooling and stay-at-home orders. Masks and hand sanitizer stations on display. “Stay Well” truly is the tagline of 2020. As more and more people get vaccinated, our lives begin to reopen. Technology… Continue reading Wellness Month: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles for Our Families Outdoors
If you’re thinking about becoming a transracial family, there is a lot to consider. Adopting transracially goes so far beyond educating oneself on hair care and celebrating black history month. In addition to your commitment to basic parental duties, there is a commitment to caring for your child’s racial wellbeing. Here are just a few… Continue reading Considering becoming a transracial family
Having a child will change your life. Is a time of happiness and celebration, but it can also bring some challenges. There are many reasons why parents struggle at the beginning - sleep depredation, adjusting to the new life, and many more. Here are some tips of what to do, so the transition to this… Continue reading Life after adoption – how to make the transition easier.
I Want to Adopt – Now What? Men and women all around the United States make one life-altering decision every day. Oftentimes, this decision is an amazing one: I want to adopt a child. With this choice comes relief for some and anxiety for others. What will this mean for me and my family? What does… Continue reading I Want to Adopt…Now What?
“Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” – Oprah Winfrey “I have a lot of respect for my birth mother. I know she must have had a lot of love for me to want to give what she felt was a better chance.” – Faith Hill “We look at adoption as a… Continue reading Celebrities Adopt: Inspirational Quotes About Adoption
Birthfathers' Rights in the Adoption Process: Know Your Options, Know Your Rights There is a common misconception in today’s society that a child’s birthfather has less rights than birthmothers do and that they are unable to make choices regarding their baby. Did you know that the birthfather starts out with the same legal rights as… Continue reading Birthfathers’ Rights in the Adoption Process: Know Your Options, Know Your Rights
Adopting a Pre-School or School-Aged Child There are special challenges present when adopting a pre-school aged child. Deborah Gray, author of Attaching in Adoption and Nurturing Adoptions presents ten tips for the first year of placement that we suggest adoptive parents take time to read and discuss with family members. Here is an excerpt of… Continue reading Older Child Adoption Guide: Adopting an Older Child & Parenting your Adopted Child as They Grow
Birth mother’s are often times front and center when open adoption is being discussed, but it is important that birth father’s are not left out of the conversation. A Deeper Look at the Emotional Impact for Birth Fathers Mary Martin Mason, the author of Out of the Shadows: Birthfathers’ Stories, conducted in depth interviews of… Continue reading The Birth Parent Perspective in Open Adoptions: A Focus on Birth Fathers
When a pregnant woman walks into a store, she might get asked “is it a boy or a girl?” “when are you due?” “how are you feeling?” When a couple is experiencing paper pregnancy, in the stage of waiting with an adoption, that questioning doesn’t usually naturally occur. Hopeful adoptive parents are in an exciting… Continue reading Paper Pregnancy: How Adoptive Parents Can Celebrate Their Time “Expecting”
Raising a child as a single parent might be viewed by others as an “unconventional” life choice but to mothers and fathers who choose to do it on their own; they just want to make their dream into reality. Single men and women want to adopt a child for many of the same reasons that… Continue reading Adopting As a Single Parent by Choice, Making Dreams into Reality!