What Not to Say To A Woman Waiting To Adopt

This guest post is by Preetha, a hopeful adoptive mother.

Being a woman, and a childless woman at that, I’ve been on the receiving end of all kinds of comments and questions related to family planning. More recently, since I’ve experienced infertility issues and made the decision to adopt, the kinds of comments I receive have morphed a bit. I understand that people mean well, but some of their comments have stirred feelings of irritation. Continue reading

How To Choose Photos For Your Adoptive Parent Profile

When it comes to putting together a adoptive parent profile, hopeful parents  spend hours composing their letter, making sure that every word is just right. But by comparison, they devote next to no time on their photos, often picking out the first ones they can find.

Big mistake. Your photos aren’t just an important part of your message to expectant parents. They could be the most important element as to whether or not you get picked. Continue reading

5 Adoption-Related Things Not To Say To A Woman With An Unplanned Pregnancy

If you’re hoping to adopt, you’ve likely come across your share of rude and insensitive comments. Some of them may have come from strangers; perhaps others from your own family members. Either way, they can be devastating, even if in most cases they stem from ignorance rather than maliciousness.

But if you think you’ve got it bad, consider what a woman with an unplanned pregnancy has to go through. Caught in a crisis situation, she has to make a life-altering decision that will affect two futures: her baby’s and her own. Continue reading