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  • What Adopting Two Children Has Taught Me About Race And Racism

    This guest post is by Paige Knipfer, an adoptive mother and adoption consultant. For 29 years, I lived in a blissfully comfortable color-blind bubble of ignorance and denial. I knew racism existed in this country but never around me. Not in my family or my friends. Not in my community.  I was wrong on so many levels. When we adopted our daughter the first question I was asked by some family members was “What color or race is she?”  I was

  • How Hopeful Adoptive Families Can Improve The Adoption Process

    This guest post is by Paige Knipfer, an adoptive mother and adoption consultant. I’ve been extremely passionate about adoption since we adopted our daughter years ago. I started to write articles and went through political training to advocate for improvements. I felt I wasn’t making a dent or doing enough. If you ask anyone what I would do if I won the lottery they would tell you it would be to open a women’s center that provides correct information on ALL

  • Feeling Pregnant After Adopting? You’re Not Alone

    This guest post is by Paige Knipfer, an adoptive mother. We recently adopted our son in January. We also have a daughter we adopted a couple of years ago. We have no biological children and we are unable to conceive ourselves. However, a couple weeks after we arrived home with our son I started to feel like I was pregnant. I felt crazy. There was NO possible way I could be pregnant but for the first time in my life my

  • Waiting To Adopt? The Biggest Lesson I Learned After Two Adoptions

    This guest post is by Lauren Serio, an adoptive mom. We’ve all heard the quote about enjoying the journey, not just the destination.  It’s so easy, at least for me, to become so focused on the end goal that I don’t take a minute to look up and enjoy where I’m at NOW.  I find this to be especially true in the adoption journey.  We are always trying to get to the next phase, the next door, the match, the placement

  • 3 Common Problems In Open Adoption Relationships–And How To Handle Them

    This guest post is by Karie Boyd, an adoption attorney. Potential adoptive parents have lots of things to consider, one of which is to decide on open or closed adoption. In some cases, birth parents wish to learn about their biological child through things like updates, photos, and even occasional visits. While the biological parents completely relinquish their parental rights prior to the finalization of adoption, they may still have some contact with the child after, which inevitably leads to

  • Do I Need A Post-Adoption Contact Agreement?

    This guest post is by Karie Boyd, an adoption attorney. The process of adopting a child is complex and parents have a lot to consider. One of the most important considerations is whether the adoptive parents choose to maintain contact with the birth parents after adoption. These so-called “post-adoption contact agreements” outline what birth parents can expect to receive from the adoptive parents, whether it’s photos, updates, or even visits with the family. If you’re considering an open adoption, here

  • 7 Tips To Make Your First Holiday With Your Adopted Child Memorable

    This guest post is by Alana Redmond. The first holiday season with your adopted child should be one that is memorable. Given this may be their first time ever celebrating, its important to make it extra special. I put together a few tips to kickstart your holiday season and make memories that will last a lifetime.

  • What Our Sons’ Relationships With Their Birth Families Look Like 7 Years In

    This guest post is by Brian Esser, an adoptive father and attorney. My seven-year old son Keith initiated the most recent visit with his birth family. Our spring and early summer had been a hive of activity, and we had overlooked setting up our usual summer visit with his “Pennsylvania family,” as he calls his birth mother, her new husband, and the four kids she is parenting, with one more on the way. He thought some weekend in August would

  • Open Adoption Doesn’t Come With A Manual. Here’s What I’ve Figured Out As An Adoptive Parent

    This guest post is by AdoptiveBlackMom, an adoptive mother and blogger. I was a very naïve parent when Hope first became my daughter. She was 12 at the time, and while she talked about her custodial parent a lot she never really had much to say about her other parent or her extended family. I listened to the things that Hope’s social worker said about her extended biological family; most of it wasn’t very nice. I found myself with a lot

  • What People Don’t Understand About Open Adoption

    This guest post is by Tennille, an adoptive mother.  It was nearly five years ago when we were blessed to welcome our son into our family—he is the most amazing little boy! We built our family through adoption and have an open relationship with his birth family. Many people have asked us how do we do it. They say they couldn’t. They ask if it is hard to have communication with our son’s birth family or if it is hard