Jaimie Dorn still can’t believe it. “Sometimes when I tell the story myself, I can’t even believe that it’s real and that he’s really here,” she said. “He” is Christian, the baby boy she and her husband recently adopted after finding a match through Instagram. For years, adoption agencies have traditionally been the go-to place for waiting adoptive parents to find an adoption match. But the Dorns decided that wasn’t the route for them. So, on the advice of a friend,
This guest post is by an adoptive mother who wishes to remain anonymous. “What are you open to?” That was one of the questions I was asked at the beginning of our adoption journey. I was taken aback by it, to be honest. If I were able to get pregnant I would be open to whatever situation I was in—there wouldn’t be a choice. But I digress. After attending a few adoption workshops we learned that situations come up that
This guest post is by Faith Getz Rousso, an adoptee and adoption attorney. In full transparency, I wear a lot of hats. I am a mom to two biological sons and an adoption attorney who has been involved in hundreds of open adoptions. I was also adopted into a loving family that never expected me to know my biological family. Fifty-plus years ago, I was placed with my family by an adoption agency. My family was matched based on demographics. Both families
“How do I find a birthmother?” is one of the most common questions we get asked by waiting parents. The truth is, there is no playbook when it comes to finding a match with an expectant mother considering adoption. It can happen any time just about any where. Even thousands of feet up in the air. Just ask Temple Phipps. She was flying from Atlanta to Raleigh when she got into a conversation with the woman seating next to her.
This guest post is by Gina Crotts, a birthmother. I started this blog post with your typical list of “things to know if you are considering adoption for your baby.” When in all reality, that list will not prepare you to place your baby for adoption. I can give you a rundown of answers that you will find in every other article that you Google, and though these lists are helpful I prefer to stick to what is real and
This guest post is by Bob Spears, who is married to a birthmother. I am married to an amazing woman who placed her baby for adoption several years before we became involved. I have lived with the trauma now for 20 years and feel I have an observation on her decision to place and that of so many others I have been acquainted with through her. She feels so strongly about birth mothers that she has spent an amazing amount
This guest post is by Makena, a birthmother. Happiness: Where does it come from? Many people say “I will be happy when…” as though the only time you can be happy is when you get something or get to a certain stage in life. But being happy in the here and now is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. When I was expecting my birthson, Mason, I remember I would wish for things. I would
This guest post is by Adoptive Black Mom, an adoptive mother and blogger. My daughter Hope and I became a family nearly four years ago. It’s been a great four years, but to be perfectly honest it’s been a difficult four years as well. It would be easy to assign all of our family’s challenges to all of the issues that brought Hope to a period in her life where she needed a new permanent home, but that wouldn’t be true.
This guest post is by Anthony Zurica, an adoption attorney. Adopting a child into a new home can be a whirlwind of activity. In addition to the huge excitement and joy that comes attached with expanding the family, there is often a bigger amount of concern as to whether the child will be comfy with adapting to the new environment, especially if he is an older child. While you might feel tempted to create an adoring design in your home,
This guest post is by Alice, a birthmother. I was Miss Squeaky Clean back in high school. I didn’t even kiss a boy till I was 18. But nine years later I had my first real experience and Wowzers, just like that I got pregnant. Let me tell you that it is sucky to be in that boat. I know because I was there. Everyone says that placing your baby for adoption is really honorable. The question is, is it the