Adoption Blog - Adoptimist
September 8, 2017

Adoption Outreach: What’s Working (& Not Working) For Today’s Adoptive Parents

It’s a great time to be pursuing adoption. There are more ways than ever to get connected with someone and create the family of your dreams. But your time and energy aren’t limitless. And neither are your financial resources. So you’ll want to make smart, careful decisions and consider all your options during every step of your adoption journey. You’ll need to be creative and open-minded at times, stubborn and tenacious at others. Your adoption success will require effort... Read more…

June 7, 2017

Inspirational Quotes For Waiting Adoptive Parents

A few weeks ago, I was wondering if I should talk to my husband about changing gears in our adoption journey. Foster care with the hope of adopting was weighing on my mind a lot. The fact that we had been waiting over three years this time around had me wondering what to do and what was meant to be. I found myself looking up towards heaven for guidance more than usual.  I needed to be inspired. I needed a good reason to continue hoping... Read more…

May 23, 2017

Identifying Adoption Scams

In today’s world of social media, private adoption has become much more dependent on making sure you have an online profile, often with both your adoption professional as well as on a site like Adoptimist. Although adoption scams have existed for decades, prospective adoptive families are expected to “put themselves out there” more than ever. Prospective adoptive parents come into adoption in a very vulnerable state... Read more…

May 1, 2017

Reuniting With A Lost Adopted Brother

Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg is the author of EDEN: A Novel, a story which portrays a woman who introduces the child she gave up for adoption fifty years earlier to her assembled family on the Fourth of July weekend. Below, Jeanne shares her husband’s story. I told my husband that it sounded worrisome, like one of his parents might be terminally ill. Why else would his mom go on and on, trying to find a date we could all convene for a... Read more…

April 19, 2017

Siblings Separated By Adoption

One of the great things about open adoption is you can tailor-make an adoption plan to fit each birth and adoptive family’s situation. This is especially helpful when a birthmother has children she is currently parenting at the time of placement or has plans for future children and wants those children and her placed child(ren) to know one another. One of the big reasons why I personally chose open adoption for my unborn baby, was that open adoption would allow... Read more…

March 21, 2017

Hope After A Failed Adoption Match

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4) This was the one article I have put aside and avoided writing over and over again. This is such a tough situation. On one hand, parenting by the biological parents should be celebrated and supported (in most cases); on the other hand, we, the potential adoptive parents, experience a loss similar to those who have been pregnant and had a miscarriage. Failed... Read more…

March 14, 2017

Interview With Bailey Correll: Legal Representation For Birthparents

Bailey Correll is a clinical medical psychology graduate student at Mercer University in Georgia. Bailey is also a birthmom of 5 years. Bailey is working on an interesting research project from a birth parent’s point of view that looks at the interactions between birth parents and legal professionals before the adoption is finalized. As you may recall, I wrote an article about how I did not meet the attorney who was representing my rights as a birthmother until right before I was about to Read more…

March 1, 2017

Birthmother Retreats: What Are They?

Donate to the 2017 Birth Mother Retreat! Thirteen years ago, in the spring of 2005, I was having a late-night phone conversation with my best friend and fellow birthmother, Leilani. She and I had met about a year and half prior as the result of an “is anyone out there” post she had placed on an adoption forum looking for another birthmother who understood what she was going through. I stumbled across that post and emailed her as I was desperately seeking another birthmother to talk to. We had... Read more…

February 22, 2017

Parenting Vs. Adoption: The Toughest Decision You Will Ever Make

Recently I was talking with an expectant mother considering adoption. She was nearly 7 months pregnant and had been going back and forth between parenting and making an adoption plan. She was reaching out to both single mothers and birthmothers trying to find out what it’s really like. “Be totally real with me and tell me everything I need to know as I try to make this decision,” she said. “How did you figure out what was the right decision?” It seems like an easy enough question to answer, right? But unfortunately, there is no road map on how to... Read more…

February 14, 2017

A Valentine For My Future Child

My heart longs for you to be in my arms. Since I cannot hug you today, or physically hand you this big tacky heart or teddy bear I am envisioning, I can give you a different kind of Valentine. This Valentine is a bouquet of hopes, dreams and good wishes instead of roses, daisies and tulips. In this bouquet I have put: ♥ A prayer for your biological mother and father -that the Lord gives them both extra strength and courage to choose life for you. I pray your mother has an easy pregnancy and that she dreams of your future with hope. ♥ A promise... Read more…