It’s hard to do in any relationship. But it’s especially hard when your relationship involves adopting parents.
That’s because hopeful adoptive parents don’t fall within any neat or familiar category.
They’re not family. They’re not friends.
And yet depending on how well you’ve gotten to know them, your relationship could be as strong and as deep — or perhaps even deeper! — than any one that you have with a family member or a friend. Continue reading →
It happened more than 15 years ago, but the moment is still fresh in my mind.
We had just started our open adoption journey and were at an education session with five or six other couples when the social worker asked us the question that we had all been asking ourselves: how do you get a birthmother to choose you?Continue reading →
I recently got a request from an adopting parent who needed help creating an adoption Facebook page.
Judging by the number of news stories over the last few weeks about parents who have adopted after finding their child’s birthmother through Facebook, I’m sure she isn’t the only one who is adding the social networking site to her networking toolbox. Continue reading →
Are hopeful adoptive parents really told the truth about their chances of finding an successful adoption match by their agency? Are they really told about their chances of failure?
Those are two questions that I first asked myself 15+ years ago when my wife and I had a failed match, and ones that I found myself asking again just the other day.
What got me thinking about the subject now were two recent incidents. The first was an email I received from a hopeful adoptive mother whose match through our parent profile page fell apart. After creating an adoption plan and going to the hospital for early labor, the expectant mother changed her mind and decided to parent. Continue reading →