The Ultimate Guide to Adoption Terms

Adoption terms can be confusing so I decided to create an ultimate guide to help. These terms will be very helpful to know as you start your adoption research. You may come across many of these words on your own as you’re reading. Or, you may hear them used by a particular social worker, attorney, or agency. I hope you…

5 Adoption Steps to Get You Started…Today

These simple adoption steps can help launch your adoption journey. The truth is, the idea of pursuing adoption can be very overwhelming!  And, many people just don’t know what adoption steps they need to take. Some prospective adoptive parents give up before they even get started. I understand!  It’s a lot to think about. Where do you begin? Well, I’m…

Hospital Checklist: 10 Must Haves For Adoptive Parents To Take

When you get to the point in your adoption journey where your profile is being shown, you never know when you might get “the call”. This is the time to get the items on your hospital checklist together. If you’re adopting a baby, you likely won’t know how quickly things will move once you receive the call. For example, will…

The Adoption Process: 10 Things to Know Before Starting

Making the decision to pursue adoption is one of the most worthwhile decisions you will ever make in your entire lifetime. It’s a big deal! Here are some tips to know before starting the adoption process. Let’s start with one of the most important things to know before you begin the adoption process. 1) You can afford adoption. OK, this…

How To Adopt a Gender-Specific Child

Girl or Boy? Maybe you’ve always dreamed of having a little girl. Perhaps you’ve even started picking out some adorable baby girl clothes. Maybe you even already have a name chosen. Or, it could be that you can’t imagine your life without a sweet little boy. And, you’re so excited to adopt because you can finally add a little boy…

Why You Should Throw An Adoptive Mom-To-Be a Baby Shower…Even if She Says ‘No …

I feel like I’ve been making a lot of confessions lately in my blog posts. But, here’s another one. And, this one might sound a little whiney. It’s definitely a “first world problem” …but here goes anyway…I kind of hate that I never had a baby shower. Let me just say upfront…it was my fault. My amazing sister in law…

A Mother’s Day Letter To Our Children’s Birth Mom

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m not only passionate about adoption but have a very special place in my heart for open adoption. We love Abigail and Bennett’s birth mom! And, we always want to make sure she knows just how special she is to us. In honor of National Adoption Month,  and mostly in honor of…