Where are they now? 2012 Pro Bono Winners David & Melissa Willmarth

“The struggle is a part of the story.” This rings true for so many families like the Willmarths, whose adoption story is one of heartbreak and then magnificent healing. David and Melissa Willmarth were the lucky winners of our first annual, 2012 Pro Bono Services in honor of National Adoption Month. “We tried to have children but were unable to. In 2008, we got a phone call from David's sister about a friend's sister who was thinking about placing her baby for adoption. We went through the ho...

Pro Bono Services in Honor of National Adoption Month

This is a story about three families. They don’t know each other, and they are all quite unique. In fact, until recently, they really didn’t have much in common at all. The only obvious similarity was their shared experiences of infertility and their heart-wrenching desire to hold their own child. Now they have much in common and even more to celebrate. They all submitted the stories of their quest to have a child. They were all selected by ANLC to receive pro bono adoption services in honor...

5 Thoughtful Ways to Support Your Child’s Birth Mother

Adoption can be a beautiful, and at the same time, difficult time for Birth Mothers. No matter her circumstances, she has a forever connection and love for her child. Placing is difficult. It is the ultimate sacrifice a mother can make, and the connection between Birth Mother and Adoptive Parents will always be. Whether you are looking for an open or closed adoption, there are thoughtful ways to support your child’s Birth Mother. Letting her know you care through sincere gestures, no matter...

What is Open Adoption?

Credit: www.flickr.com/photos/justin/2142821117 Open Adoption is a confusing term. Does it mean that you share identifying details with your Birth Mother so she knows where you live? Does it mean that you periodically send a few photos and an update through a third party? Or does it mean that you invite your Birth Mother for Thanksgiving dinner? Closed Adoptions: Back in the day, before single parenthood was socially accepted, before birth control was readily available and effective, an...

Baby G Finds His Forever Family after a Tough Start

Birth Mother delivered a little boy on August 10, 2012.  When he was four months old, Child Protective Services removed him from his Birth Mother’s care due to her drug problem.  This baby boy, who was now a dependent of the juvenile court system, was placed with his grandparents for several months.  In April of 2013, the grandparents could no longer care for him, and the baby was put into temporary foster care. The dependency system started their investigation and discovered t...