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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
To kick off the new year, we asked waiting adoptive parents last week about their hopes and dreams for 2012. This week, we’re turning the spotlight on open adoption agencies. We’re asking: What’s the one piece of advice you would give couples and singles who are hoping to adopt this year? Continue reading →
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 →
Ah, 2012. A new year. And if you’re hoping to adopt, a new start.
So what does the start of the new year mean for couples and individuals who are trying to build their family through open adoption? Fifteen waiting parents from across the country share their hopes and dreams. Continue reading →
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 →