Waiting To Adopt: Is There A Right Way To Do It?

Just before I went away earlier this month, I got an email from a waiting adoptive couple saying they wanted to join our “Find A Family” page. They had been waiting for a while to find a match and had nothing to show for their efforts. They thought coming on our site would give them some extra exposure and hopefully a leg up in their quest to connect with a prospective birthmother. Continue reading

8 Ways Hopeful Single Adoptive Parents Can Increase Their Chances Of Being Chosen By A Prospective Birthmother

Single parents are adopting in greater numbers than ever before. Although the exact figure is hard to come by, one California agency reports that 25 percent of all adoptions are by single parents.

But you don’t need an adoption agency or an expert to tell you that single adoptive parent applications are on the rise. The signs are everywhere. Just visit the web and you’ll find a growing number of parent profiles by single adoptive hopefuls, including this one by Lisa on our “Find A Family” page. Continue reading

How To Find A Match With Prospective Birthparents

 

What does it take to find an match with prospective birthparents? Is there a magic formula for making a connection with an expectant mother and father who are considering adoption for their baby? What skills or talents do you need to have in order to become a successful adoptive parent? And more importantly, do you have them?

Creating a connection with prospective birthparents doesn’t come overnight. And it doesn’t come easily, either. It takes time and work. A lot of work. Not to mention a fair bit of luck. And while there is no magic formula for finding success, no established set of rules that will guarantee you a match with a prospective birthmother or father, here are some traits that are common to successful adoptive parents. Continue reading

My Open Adoption Milestones

This guest post is by Kerstin Lindquist at KerstinLindquistQVC .

There are five huge paperwork milestones that you have to go through when you adopt a baby in the United States. Five steps that make you hold your breath and pray for strength to make it through the next day, or hour, or minute. Continue reading

Is Open Adoption Right For My Baby?

This guest post is by Michelle Erich at Michelle Erich Law.

Our society promotes and publicizes only one choice for a surprise pregnancy. Society seems to be preaching a “take the easy road and terminate” philosophy, unless it was a planned event.

Don’t just follow the crowd. There is the choice to parent and the choice to give a parenting opportunity to someone else through adoption. Continue reading

Adoption, Father’s Day and Fatherhood: What I Learned In June

During the month of May, we marked Mother’s Day, Birthmother’s Day and motherhood with 31 stories by all members of the adoption constellation — one for each day of the month. When June came along, we figured it was only fair to explore the other side of the coin and let fathers share their stories about fatherhood and adoption.

Birthfathers may not have a special day devoted to them, but that didn’t stop them — or adoptive fathers, hopeful fathers or even hopeful mothers — from weighing in with their insights and observations about fatherhood and the effect that adoption has had on it. Continue reading