Understand Your Adopted Child

What adoptive parents need to know to better understand their adopted child:Understand your adopted child has experienced some very real trauma and loss.It is not a make believe story or a phase. Understand your adopted child will have to deal with their adoption for the rest of their lives. Some adoptees will spend the majority of their life attempting to fill the hole in their heart from the loss of their birth mother and family. If left unaddressed, this loss may create tension...

Adoption Reunion: A Success Story

From adoption, to adoption reunion to adopting—this is my story.I was born October 15th, 1979 to a young mother of 20 years old. She was living a life she wanted me to be raised in. With only three options (abortion, adoption, or parenting), she chose adoption. Both our lives would be forever changed with that decision. She held me for a couple hours. She looked over, inspected, and memorized every little part of wrinkled skin on my new little body. She took in all of my sights and sounds, placi...

Technology Will Change Adoption for the Better

It’s exciting to live in a time where technology is beginning to impact so many parts of our life. I believe that over the next 5-10 years, technology will dramatically change the way the adoption process is conducted, making the process more streamlined for parents, and ultimately, allowing more to be able to experience the joy of adopting a child.An adoption requires the adopting parents to submit between 50 and 200 documents. Most of these documents are currently completed manually. Often, th...

Congrats To Our National Adoption Month Pro Bono Service Winners!

Every November, in honor of National Adoption Month, Adoption Network Law Center (ANLC) asks hopeful Adopting Parents to share their stories of what led them to adoption.  Adoption Network Law Center reviews all of the stories and selects one family to receive pro bono ANLCservices.  Today, on National Adoption Day, ANLC is excited to announce that this year’s recipients of pro bono services are Charles and Alyssa.  Charles and Alyssa have been married for 7 years. ...

Birth Father Involvement: One Birth Mother’s Struggle

A negative experience with the birth father isn’t uncommon.Like many other birth moms, I had a negative experience with the birth father. He acted like he didn’t care. He said one thing but did another. He was constantly telling me how much he loved me and his daughter, Josie. How badly he wanted to be her father. However, when it came down to co-pay, doctor visits and holding a job, he didn’t act upon any of it. The only good thing he did for me while I was pregnant was sign the...