Ask the Adoption Coach: Beginning Adoption

Reader: Hello everyone! My partner and I are looking to adopt and it’s a bit easy to get overwhelmed with all the information that comes your way once you start down this road. Would anyone be willing to share their experience/provide information on how their adoption went. We would also be particularly interested in how you were able to overcome the financial obstacles that come along with adoption. We both have college degrees with stable careers; however, we don’t have 20-30 thousand dollars...

Something To Consider When Talking About Adoption: An Adoptive Parent's Perspective

Lost pregnancies, tracking cycles, scheduled sex, and injecting hormones strong enough to take down a race horse – it’s enough to make you want to… who knows… something terrible. Something unspeakable.  Well, I see you.  My four miscarriages make me one of you, and I have also spent many tearful nights supporting ladies like you who are struggling with infertility. I will not subject you to another round of hair-pats, or offer bizarre platitudes about things happening for a re...

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...