Birth Parent Scams and Disruptions – Adoption Danger #1

Unfortunately, Birth Parent scams and disruptions are a reality of adoption.  Birth Parent scams involve those whose intent is to take money from desperate, hopeful Adopting Parents.  Disruptions occur when a Birth Mother ultimately decides to keep her baby after having selected Adopting Parents or if there is an unforeseen health issue arising with the baby. Some Birth Parents engage in the adoption process for financial gain with no intention of ever creating an adoption plan.&nbs...

Understanding Adoption Expenses

The total fees for an adoption are comprised of multiple elements.  Because every adoption is unique, the fees will vary.  It is important to be aware of all the costs related to an adoption and you must make sure that the entities you compare are quoting all of the fees that are involved, not just their service fees.Adoption costs may include: adoption professionals’ service fees, marketing expenses to secure a Birth Mother, home study fees, Birth Mother expenses, legal fees and trave...

9 Ways You Can Afford Adoption: Fundraising Ideas

So you have decided to adopt! You are committing to provide a loving and nurturing home and the gift of a family to a child. You likely have many questions at this stage about the process of adoption. One of the number questions couples have is “Can we afford it?” Adoption can be expensive and fundraising is sometimes a necessary step in the adoption process.Many of Adoption Network’s Adopting Parents raise funds to help cover the costs of their adoption. Over the years, we have heard all t...

What Open Adoption Means to My Family

I am proud to be building my family through open adoption. As hopeful adoptive parents, Sean and I were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet our daughter’s birth mother, Paige, during her pregnancy.   Just one week after we were matched, Sean and I flew to Paige’s small hometown and met her at a restaurant.  She was shy, reserved, polite, and very sweet.  We hit it off immediately, and this personal meeting helped all three of us feel a sense of peace and comfort about...

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...