Adoption Blog

  • 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

  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

    December is here. And that means only one thing: The holidays are just around the corner. Yikes! Are you ready? So how are you making out with your holiday shopping? Are you dreading it? For most people, the next few weeks are all about being stuck in long lines at the mall or on the road listening to Andy Williams sing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Clearly, he never tried to adopt. For hopeful adoptive parents, this is

  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Adoption

    The other day I asked for your thoughts about open adoption — what you like about it, what you don’t like, and how you would improve the process. The call-out was inspired by a feature we ran last month on the Facebook page of our sister site. Each day, to mark National Adoption Month, we invited members of the triad to share their thoughts about their own journeys and about how adoption has touched, enriched or changed their lives.

  • Don and Preetha Are Looking To Adopt

    I don’t know Don and Preetha. But I do know something about them: they are looking to adopt. The reason I know is because that’s what their Facebook name says. Here’s what else I know about them: They’re giving their adoption search their best shot, but are trying not to think too much about how it will all work out in the end

  • Can We Talk?

    OK, hands up: Who thinks open adoption needs reform? If you raised your hand, you’re not alone. Lots of people who have gone through the process (and even those who haven’t) believe that open adoption is ripe for an overhaul. Here are some of the common complaints:

  • What Hopeful Adoptive Parents Can Learn From Mitt Romney’s Hair

    All weekend the blogosphere and Twitterverse were abuzz about an issue that could affect the future of every man, woman and child in this country. You know what I’m talking about: Mitt Romney’s hair. On Friday, the most influential newspaper in the land devoted some of its prime real estate to an in-depth examination of the Republican White House candidate’s hair — or “the Mitt” as some people call it. (If you missed it, you call read all about it

  • 5 Things Adoptive Parents Should Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving! The economy is on the ropes, the Arab Spring is starting to feel the winter chill, and the tabloids have already spent 22+ days talking about Kim Kardashian’s 72-day marriage. Still, there’s lots to be thankful for. If you’ve recently adopted a baby through open adoption, that’s probably at the top of your list. That, and the fact that you don’t have to worry about all those things you used to worry about when you were trying to adopt. Just

  • The Adoption Bloggers Interview Project Speaks, Again

    If you haven’t checked out the Adoption Bloggers Interview Project, get yourself over to that corner of the internet lickedty split. You won’t be disappointed. The Project is a great way to get a taste (actually more like a full course meal) of how adoption — and open adoption — works, doesn’t work and what parts needs fixing. Launched last March, this year’s edition features more than 100 interviews with bloggers by bloggers from all sides of adoption.

  • Maximizing Your Luck In Private Domestic Adoption

    Connecting with a prospective birth mother is a bit of a crapshoot, right? Well, not quite. Luck does play a role in helping you find a match through the private domestic adoption process. But by taking the right steps now, you have a chance to maximize your luck — and to make that ever elusive connection with expectant parents.