This guest post is by Tennille, an adoptive mother. Over this past year I have been given a different perspective on open adoption through the eyes of the our son, Mateus, who joined our family through open adoption five years ago. First and foremost, I am so thankful for our open adoption. This is something I felt so strongly about with every ounce of my being. I wanted Mateus to grow up knowing his birth story, where he comes from,
This guest post is by Lori Lyons, an adoptive mother. Now that my daughter is off at college, leaving my husband and me with an empty nest, I have a lot more time to indulge in my favorite hobby – genealogy. For more than 30 years I have spent late, late nights searching for ancestors across the globe. I have seen my family tree traced back to the 1000s and can follow it here to America and then to Louisiana. I
This guest post is by Pamela, an adoptive mother. What makes an adoption legal and ethical? This is a question being asked by so many hopeful adoptive parents and adoptive parents right now with all of the controversy surrounding Paul Petersen and others involved in seemingly unscrupulous adoption practices. Paul Petersen is an attorney in Arizona who allegedly engaged in unethical and illegal activity placing Marshallese babies for adoption with American families. He is accused of breaking numerous laws including
This guest post is by Amanda Jane Avis, an adoptive mother. When I began my open adoption journey, I had very little know-how. I truly had no clue as to what the appropriate steps were, the timeline necessary to plan for adoption, or any research about even how to parent under my belt. You could definitely say I was flying blind! What I did have, however was an iron clad faith and intention that I was, without a doubt, becoming a mommy
This guest post is by Angela Boucher, an adoptive mother. For several years now each November I am honoured to write for National Adoption Month. As I reflected on something to write this year four words about my adoption journey came to mind: Promise, Hope, Wonder and Love.
Kerstin Lindquist is an adoptive mother and author. There is this episode of “Friends” when Chandler and Monica are at another couple’s house getting advice about adoption. Chandler ends up accidently telling the couple’s kid that he is adopted, and hysterical fallout ensues. Years ago, when that episode was just getting to re-runs that scenario didn’t seem so far-fetched. Now almost two decades later, the thought of a twelve-year-old not knowing he is adopted seems ridiculous. The sad truth is
This guest post is by Michelle Thorne, a birthmother and author. Adoption awareness is such an important and daunting task. When my daughter began school in China, she developed a friendship with our neighbor’s son, who was also in her class. One day, he came to me to tattle on her. “Cadence is lying!” It was in a sing-song voice that let me know this was not his first time tattling. “She is? What about?” I asked him. “She said
This guest post is by Deanna Kahler, an adoptive mother and author. Do you believe in fate or destiny? Have you ever felt led to a certain path? Many adoptive parents will tell you they believe their child was meant to be with them, that they were guided to adoption — often years before they realized it. I’m convinced this was the case with me. Here’s why. My family and I are planning to move, so naturally I’ve been cleaning
This guest post is by Pamela, an adoptive mother and educator. As a parent of two children from adoption I have done a great deal of listening and reading to become a more informed parent of adoptees. Honestly, I have learned so much in the past twelve years. My opinions and beliefs surrounding adoption have really changed over the years. One thing I have done for the past 12 years is “celebrate” National Adoption Month on social media each November.
This guest post is by Alana Redmond, a legal content writer. An open adoption is a very special opportunity for a child to grow up in a network of love and support from both parents. The holidays are an even more important time to spend with loved ones and share memories that will last a lifetime. Every open adoption is different so it’s important to consider a few factors before jumping full-swing into the holiday season.