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Social Pressures and Influences Surrounding Adoption Part 1

04/25/18

SOCIAL PRESSURES AND INFLUENCES SURROUNDING ADOPTION – PART I In a tweet from Buckingham Palace, the world recently learned of the most recent royal birth.   “Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge, was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs. The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz.  The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.” While the world celebrates the birth of an heir to the throne of England, unplanned births ... [read more]

First Baby or Sibling

04/09/18

First Baby or Sibling?With the open adoptions of today, birth parents have many choices. When asked about preferences, there is much to consider. What  type of family do I want for my child? Should I choose someone who mirrors my likes and interests? Should I consider religion – is that even extremely important to me? Would I prefer my child to live rurally or in a cultural center? Do I want my child to have siblings or should I seek out a family with no ... [read more]

Interconnected

02/26/18

InterconnectedBy Elizabeth EhlenWe have been experiencing internet issues, and this morning the tech came out to inspect our wires. Turns out there was a frayed wire, which is terrifying, but I digress. The tech, making conversation, asked me what I did for a living, and I told him we do adoptions here. People adoptions, not puppy, which is always an important clarifier. He thought about it and said, “Wow, that sounds like a really important job! Geez, way more important than internet te ... [read more]

Olympic Nature

02/22/18

Olympic NatureThe debate about nature vs. nurture is ever-present in adoption.  People have long surmised that heredity plays a bigger part in the development of a child than rearing and nourishment.  Two sisters from Minnesota might dispute that fact.  Greg and Robin Brandt, like many couples who experience infertility, began planning to adopt.  They chose to adopt from South Korea.  But while in the process of adopting Marissa, they got the news that Robin was ... [read more]

Dear Expectant Mother - Why Should You Use an Agency?

02/12/18

Dear Expectant Mother, Why Should You Use an Agency? Just as many people have misconceptions about expectant mothers, expectant or birth mothers have some misconceptions about agencies. We often hear that an expectant mother prefers not to go through an agency to place her child. While all expectant mothers have choices, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of those choices.  Some expectant parents don’t know that ALL adoptive families working with licensed ad ... [read more]

How Adoption Has Changed: All Those Waiting Babies

01/22/18

How Adoption Has ChangedThere are many myths about adoption.  A rumor starts and spreads over the internet or in a chat room, and everyone thinks it’s the truth because it’s in print. Most people, unless they have adopted very recently, aren’t aware of the way adoption has changed in the past decade or even the past few years.  All those waiting babies“What children do you have right now?”  “Can I come over and look at the babies?”  "We aren't rea ... [read more]

Thoughts on MLK Day 2018

01/16/18

Thoughts on MLK Day 2018by Tina FisherToday, as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., the subject of race is as relevant as it was five decades ago, when he was taken from this world. Working for many years in the field of adoption, I have often heard opposition to transracial adoption. I would ask myself why. Why would anyone rather see a child languish in foster care or a group home when that child could have a family? I believe that there are more people in the world who a ... [read more]

Thoughts on MLK Day 2018

01/16/18

Thoughts on MLK Day 2018by Tina FisherToday, as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., the subject of race is as relevant as it was five decades ago, when he was taken from this world. Working for many years in the field of adoption, I have often heard opposition to transracial adoption. I would ask myself why. Why would anyone rather see a child languish in foster care or a group home when that child could have a family? I believe that there are more people in the world who a ... [read more]

How Adoption Has Changed: Open vs. CLosed

01/08/18

How Adoption Has ChangedThere are many myths about adoption.  A rumor starts and spreads over the internet or in a chat room, and everyone thinks it’s the truth because it’s in print. Most people, unless they have adopted very recently, aren’t aware of the way adoption has changed in the past decade or even the past few years.  Closed vs. OpenBy Tina FisherWhile most agencies offer the expectant or birth parent(s) the choice of "closed vs. open" adoption, it is importan ... [read more]

Why Resolving to Adopt is a Bad Idea

12/31/17

Every year I hear it and I cringe just a little. I see a Facebook status that goes something like "Our New Year's resolution for 2018? To ADOPT!!!!!" or something similar. I get it, maybe you were disappointed that you didn't manage to have a baby last year, or you have been homestudy ready with no success for a long time. Inevitably, going through the holidays without that child you have been longing for brings lots of emotions bubbling to the surface and you can't face the thought of another h ... [read more]