39 Excuses Stopping You From Adopting A Baby This Year (And What To Do About Them)

Now that we’re well into the New Year, how are you making out with your resolutions?

Lost a bit of weight? Nice.

Kicked the nicotine habit? Great.

How about adoption? Any big news on the open adoption front?

Right, didn’t think so. Adopting a baby isn’t as easy as losing a couple of pounds or giving up cigarettes for a month. You need willpower for those. Adoption takes willpower, too–and so much more. Continue reading

Adoption Nation‘s Adam Pertman On How Openness Has Changed Adoption–And How Adoption Has Changed Us, Part 2

Here are more highlights from my recent conversation about open adoption trends with Adam Pertman, author of Adoption Nation, executive director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, and adoptive father. You can learn more about Adam here. And you can see Part 1 of my conversation here.

Honoring a child’s right to know

Some adoptive parents don’t tend to think of the baby’s biological or first families. Some don’t even think of that baby as anything but a baby or that one day that baby is going to have questions. But every human being has a right to know who they are and where they came from. Continue reading

Adoption Nation‘s Adam Pertman On How Openness Has Changed Adoption–And How Adoption Has Changed Us, Part 1

What do you do for an encore when your first book is not only called an instant classic, but is hailed as “an invaluable resource on all aspects of adoption” by the Sexiest Man Alive? (That would be Hollywood hunk and adoptive father, Hugh Jackman).

Add new material and update it, of course. And that’s just what Adam Pertman has done with the new, revised version of his 2001 bestseller, Adoption Nation.

How The Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families–And America” is the book’s new subtitle. But judging by my recent conversation with Pertman about open adoption trends in 2012, it might just as well read “How Openness is Transforming Our Families–And America.” Continue reading

Writing Your Parent Profile? Ask Yourself These 5 Essential Questions Before You Start

Starting your parent profile? Good luck! And I mean that in the nicest way possible.

Next to word of mouth, a parent profile is the best networking tool you have as a hopeful adoptive parent to connect with prospective birth parents.

And that’s a good thing and a bad one.

Good because your profile could be a game-changer in your efforts to become an adoptive parent through open adoption. Bad because…well, if you know anything about writing a profile, you’ll know exactly what I mean. Continue reading

Why Finding A Baby On Craigslist Isn’t As Crazy As It Sounds–And Other Domestic Adoption Networking Lessons

I haven’t checked Craigslist today. But I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a sudden spike in the number of ads by waiting adoptive parents over the weekend.

Why? Because of a Minnesota couple named Tracey and Dan Citron. To most people, their names won’t ring a bell. But for couples and singles hoping to adopt, the Citrons are the luckiest people in the world.

As you may have read on Friday, not only were they matched with a baby. The match came through Craigslist. Continue reading

Resolutions I’ve Adopted for 2012

Happy New Year!

How are your resolutions coming along? Are you the type of person who makes them? Normally I don’t, but this year I’ve made an exception. Which, I guess you could say, is a resolution of sorts.

There are so many things in my life that I wish I could change. I could be more organized. More punctual. More patient, especially when I pull up to a four-way stop. And yes, I could stand to lose at least 10 pounds. But at this time of the year, who can’t say that? Continue reading