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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]

Due Date Calculator App

11/29/17

Did you know that AGOHA has a Due Date Calculator app for your phone? This app is designed for those working with pregnant women to both provide accurate due date information as well as to gently introduce the option of adoption. Often, upon discovering pregnancy, when discussing options adoption is mentioned but dismissed immediately by a client in crisis. While we would never presume that every woman in a crisis parenting situation should place a baby, it is absolutely worth considering, ... [read more]

We Are Honored!

02/10/17

We are so honored to announce that Hickman High School Senior, Jacob Gunn (@JacobGunn_14), has selected us to be his charity for the Hickman High School Courtwarming! We want to help Jacob raise money, because it will directly benefit one of our waiting families. All of the money Jacob raises will offset one of our waiting families' fees, making it that much easier for them to afford adoption! And why would a young man who who is involv ... [read more]

When Agencies Close

02/03/17

Everyone in the adoption community is aware that over the past several years there have been fewer and fewer placements of infants in the United States. There are many reasons attributed to this. One is the availability of abortion on demand at any stage of the pregnancy. Another is the general society acceptance of single parenting, which was not the case decades ago. That said, adoption agencies, especially big ones with large overhead, are ... [read more]

Holiday Blues and Adoption

12/24/16

by Tina Fisher Many people feel a little melancholy during this time of year. Some even get depressed. The prospect of facing the holidays without loved ones now gone can be sadly overwhelming. Prospective parents waiting to adopt experience that like the rest of us. Add to that the waiting game. They are anxiously waiting to adopt a new family member. They are anxious that another holiday is approaching without the pitter-patter of litt ... [read more]

Find a Family Friday: Ben & Brooke

07/08/16

Check out our newest adoptive family, Ben and Brooke! We are honored by your interest in us, and humbled by your strength in taking the decision to consider adoption. We believe the raising of a child in a warm and joyful environment, where a community of family and friends instill love, compassion and respect, is the most sacred and paramount journey in life. That you have considered us for this special role, and to bring that joy to our ... [read more]

Gift Idea: Willow Tree Figurines

07/05/16

One of the questions we often get from adoptive parents is on the appropriateness of gifts for their child's birth mom. Because of laws governing legal expenses and gifts, we always recommend checking with your lawyer first. But in general, a gift for your child's birth mom is never a bad thing, as long as it's obvious that it's not intended to be some sort of illegal compensation for placing her child with you. (That would be buying a baby, and ... [read more]