5 Ways to Remain Thankful During the Wait

Holidays are hard. Especially when you’re not in the place you want to be. If you’re in the waiting phase of your adoption journey, the holidays can be extra hard. Children are everywhere, family is curious about your adoption status, stress is high and you just want a baby! Here are a few ways to distract yourself and stay focused on the beauty of the holidays: Serve at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen. Play bingo or music at a nursing home. Organize a toy drive at your office, or adopt a...

Mentoring Moms Program helps Waiting Families Survive the Process

“We would have never made it without all the help and support we got from other adoptive families and birth families who had gone through it (and survived).” Every family’s adoption journey is different with unique circumstances and challenges along the way. And every family needs a different level of support at every stage of their adoption journey. This is one family’s story: “We had been married for 15 years when we finally took the leap into our adoption journey. I had so many fears...

Birth Mothers and Butterflies

By Jessa Speight, Birth Mother Outreach Associate,  Adoption Network Law Center “Without change, there would be no butterflies” Last March I went on a trip. It was completely last minute and a fly-by-the-pants kind of thing. There is a beautiful woman, we will call her L. She was all alone with no support in her neck of the woods. She was wanting to place her baby and chose a lovely family, but didn't have the personal support to move forward. She chose to take her baby home wit...

2014 Pro Bono Adoption Winners Mike and Preslie Bahr at home with Baby Walter

“We love our birth mother and aren’t threatened by Walter loving her too.”“We are so grateful to ANLC.  We feel like the luckiest family alive.”What led you to adoption?We spent 5 years trying to have a baby, but struggled with fertility issues and unsuccessful pregnancies. We thought about adoption, but struggled with the idea of having no genetic link to our child. We considered fertility treatments and researched their success rates. After all that, we realized that we just wanted to be...

Catching up with 2013 Pro Bono Winners Toby & Stephanie Paschal

Toby and Stephanie Paschal are new parents after adopting their daughter in 2014 through Adoption Network Law Center’s 2nd annual pro bono services in honor of National Adoption Month. After years of trying to have a child, they suffered through three rounds of failed fertility treatments before deciding that adoption was the journey they were meant to be on. “We talked about adoption before getting married. Adoption always felt like a natural fit for our family. We believe adoption was alway...