This guest post is by Faith Getz Rousso, an adoptee and adoption attorney.
November. Adoption Awareness. This is the time each year where “we” hear/read/see adoption related podcasts, articles and news stories.
Those in the adoption-world live adoption each day, 365 days of each year. Who are the “we”? We are adoptees, we are adoptive parents, and we are biological parents and adoption professionals.
I wear two hats. I was adopted at 17 months old. I am an adoptee. I am an attorney who practices adoption law. I am an adoption professional.
The topic of adoptee rights, whether adult adoptees should have the ability to request and obtain a certified copy of their original long form birth certificate (“OBC”) without restrictions is a hot topic. It is one that has been in the news all month. Continue reading →
This guest post is by Jennifer Anglin, an adoptee and motivational speaker.
My husband and I had always joked about my origin of birth because of my dark skin.
When DNA kits went on sale, he suggested that for just for fun we should buy one to see where I came from.
One day, when I was sitting at my desk at work, a text message came from my husband. He asked if I had thought about what I would do if the ancestry DNA revealed information about my biological family.
I immediately replied that if it happened it happened. I was ok with it because if it did, God must have thought I needed to know about it.
That’s when he told me that he had found my mother. Just like that– “I found your mom.” Continue reading →
In the light of recent events in Adoptionland, such as the arrest of Paul Petersen, an adoption attorney in Arizona who has been indicted on 29 counts of fraudulent schemes and three counts of conspiracy, theft, and forgery, we should talk about adoption coercion and what exactly that means.
In the case of the 29 Marshallese women coerced by Petersen, coercion is an exchange of money for the placement of a child for adoption.Coercion can be much more subtle than that.
I often hear hopeful adoptive families refer to a woman they have “matched” with as a “birth mom”.I also see that term used on hundreds of adoption agency websites being used in reference to a woman who is pregnant and considering placing her baby for adoption.Continue reading →
Are you looking at adopting a special needs child? Special needs adoptions can be rewarding, but they’re not for everyone. So how do you know if it’s right for you?
First, let’s define the terms. The term “special needs” refers to any child who would qualify for assistance due to a medical condition or another specific factor.
Special needs children can have particular educational requirements resulting from learning difficulties, physical and behavioral difficulties.
However, In the adoption world, the term “special needs” covers a much broader scope. Adopting a child with special needs is similar to adopting a healthy child except that it comes with a few more challenges as well as rewards. Continue reading →
This guest post is by AdoptiveBlackMom, an adoptive mother and blogger.
My daughter, Hope, and I became a family about six years ago. Weeks after the finalization of our adoption, a portion of Hope’s extended biological family found both of us on social media.
I was so early in my parenting journey that I had a hard time at first with their appearance in our lives. I knew that open adoption is a good thing, but I did not anticipate the relationship opening so quickly.
I had started looking for Hope’s family, and I had a few leads that I planned to pursue after we returned from our celebration trip to Disney World.
Instead I found myself responding to a host of messages sent to me and Hope from numerous family members asking for all kinds of information.
It was sometime before I could reconcile the shock of it all and really help Hope emotionally deal with the opening of our adoption. Continue reading →
This guest post is by Mallory Baker, an adoptive mother.
In 2016 we had what seemed to be the perfect family. We had been married for ten years, with two happy, healthy daughters. We had just bought our first family car, just the right size for the four of us.
The girls, Alayna, age 8 at the time, and her little sister Avery, 5, finally had their own rooms in our beautiful home we had recently purchased.
Life was perfect. Then on February 22, 2016 something special happened: We got a call asking us if we were interested in adopting a baby boy. Continue reading →