Adoption Blog

  • What I’m Learning While Waiting to Adopt

    This guest post is by Dana, a hopeful adoptive parent. This summer I had the opportunity to share a wonderful conversation with a dear family friend. We were on vacation, walking up and down the beach and talking very openly with one another. On this walk he commented that it seemed that Chris, my husband, and I were doing “better.” It was true we were doing better–feeling more at peace related to the babies we lost (in pregnancy) and we

  • Ask An Adoption Attorney: Where Do States Draw The Line On Advertising By Hopeful Adoptive Parents?

    This is the first post in an ongoing series called “Ask An Adoption Attorney“–your open adoption questions answered by a legal expert.  This week, we had two attorneys weigh in on the following question from Tracy: In Maine it is not legal to advertise for adoption, but advertising isn’t defined. Would placing an adoption business card or a flyer on a bulletin board be considered advertising? Or is advertising typically something you pay for? What about mailing your information to

  • Confessions of A South Asian Hopeful Adoptive Mother

    This guest post is by Preetha, a hopeful adoptive parent. Among all my married colleagues and friends, I’m the only one who doesn’t have a child. A few years ago, it didn’t really bother me. But over time, I started noticing that I was being left out: left out of get-togethers (that were predominantly child-oriented), left out of emails, and left out of conversations (again predominantly focused on children). I also noticed that people were starting to ask questions or

  • How My Failed Shopping Experience Could Help Your Parent Profile Find Success

    On Friday, I told you about my failed attempt to buy an e-reader. But my experience wasn’t a complete waste of time. After noticing the parallels between my shopping excursion and the experience of writing a parent profile, I managed get a blog post out of it. Today, I want to return to the subject, although I promise this will be the last time. That’s because I realized that if I thought choosing an e-reader was tough, imagine how a prospective birth

  • What Gets You To The Front of The Line In Private Domestic Adoption? (Hint: It’s Not Cash)

    Just starting the private domestic adoption process? Looking for ways to succeed quickly? Sorry, you won’t find any secrets or shortcuts here. But if you thought you could buy your way to success, think again. Finding a match by outspending other hopeful adoptive parents is one of the (many) misconceptions about private domestic adoption. And it’s one that came up again this afternoon when I clicked on this headline in my news feed: “Time for adoption reform is now.”

  • 3 Reasons Writing Your Parent Profile Is Like Holiday Shopping

    I don’t know about you, but once again my holiday shopping plans have taken a turn for the worse. My problem isn’t in finding what I want. It’s in making a decision. Earlier this month, I set my sights on buying an e-reader. But with so many products, models, and styles to choose from, I got so overwhelmed that I eventually gave up and came home empty-handed. Maybe I should stick to paperbacks, after all. My shopping experience may have

  • Domestic Adoption Scams: Why December Is the Cruelest Month

    You better watch out You better not cry You better not pout I’m telling you why Adoption scams are coming to town. Actually, they’re already here. In the last few weeks, two domestic scam stories have made national headlines. And who knows how many others are out there that haven’t made it on the news. Finding yourself on the receiving end of an domestic adoption scam is not a pleasant experience. But having it happen now — as your thoughts

  • Introducing “Ask An Adoption Attorney”: Your Open Adoption Questions Answered by A Legal Expert

    Got a burning legal question about open adoption? Want to find out more about birth mother or father rights or open adoption agreements but don’t have the time — or the budget — to hire an attorney? Our new “Ask An Adoption Attorney” feature can help you find the answer. Simply post your question in the comments section below. We’ll forward it, along with the others we receive, to an attorney specializing in open adoption. Then we’ll post the results

  • 8 Reasons To Join An Online Open Adoption Community

    Congrats! The fact that you’re reading this means you know the Internet is a great place to find information and resources about open adoption. In fact, for many prospective adoptive and birth parents, it’s the first place they look when they’re researching or starting the process. But apart from that, it’s also a great place to become part of a larger community. Before Web 2.0, discussion forums and listservs were the places where hopeful adoptive families and expectant parents hung