At Adoptimist, we are not only blessed with a wonderful community of families hoping to adopt, we are blessed with a talented community of writers and professionals who contribute to our Adoption Blog. They share their experiences, offer inspiration, and helpful advice to the adoption community. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank each blog contributor for their amazing work. And as 2016 comes to a close we thought we’d take a look back at some of the blogs our readers enjoyed most this year, in no particular order:
#1: “Who is ‘Anti-Adoption’ and What Can We Learn from Them?” By Lori Holden
This article explores what we can glean from certain viewpoints and how that can help us to better understand the complexities of adoption, especially as it relates to being the parent your child needs you to be. Don’t hate those who are anti-adoption, learn from them.
#2: “Dear Waiting Adoptive Parents” By Amy Brooks
In this open letter, adoptive parents are reminded that they truly matter; they are an inspiration to others and their future children. The adoption journey may be hard, but it is definitely worth the wait.
#3: “Signing Relinquishment Papers: What Needs to Change” By Coley Strickland
Our Birthmother’s Blog is very popular, and this article seemed to resonate with many readers. From the perspective of a birthmother, it is time to make some changes in adoption laws. Because having to sign papers giving up the rights to your child in the very hospital bed where you spent the last days bonding is just not right.
#4: “Transracial Adoption: 5 Awkward Situations You May Face” By Rachel Garlinghouse
As you can imagine, a mom of four transracial children through adoption can attract a lot of attention. This article has its humorous side, but the message is clear: parents need to advocate for their children and surround them with a village of support - including others who are like them.
#5: “Clearing Up Common Adoption Misconceptions” By Deanna Kahler
“Oh, you’re adopting? Isn’t that expensive? Don’t you want a child of your own? What if the birth mother wants him back?” Unfortunately, these are common questions hopeful adoptive parents face. This article helps to clear up these misconceptions by providing the facts.
We would also like to thank the other writers and professionals who contributed to our Adoption Blog in 2016:
• Robyn Coden
• Jan Collins
• Robin Fleischner
• Ellen Glazer
• Carrie Goldman
• Suzanne Kramer