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…

What is the difference between Open and Closed Adoption?

When making the decision to adopt, one factor to consider is open adoption vs. closed adoption. This is especially true when pursuing domestic adoption. So, what exactly is the difference and how do you decide what’s right for you and your family? Open Adoption An open adoption involves some degree of a relationship between the adoptive family and birth family.…

10 Myths About Birth Mothers

It’s unfortunate but misconceptions about birth mothers are part of what can make many individuals second guess adoption. The term “birthmother” makes some people uncomfortable and causes them to visualize young girls giving up their babies carelessly. This perception saddens me because in most cases it could not be farther from the truth. Let’s take a closer look at 10…

How do I find a birth mother?

One common question from those considering adoption is “How do we find a birth mother?” The answer to this will depend on which route you take in your adoption pursuit. Two of the most common types of adoption are agency adoption and direct placement, also known as “private” or “independent” adoption. Agency Placement If you choose to go through an…

What Are The Benefits of Open Adoption?

Because open adoption can look different in every adoption, there isn’t one specific definition. It comes down to the wishes and agreements made between the biological and adoptive parents. In a fully open adoption, the biological family would most likely have direct contact with the child through methods such as email, phone calls, and visits. Of course, the adoptive parents…