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Bonding with an adopted child – Chrisi’s story

Bonding with an adopted child was a big topic of adoptive parenting 33 years ago.  Everyone knew how important it was to bond with your baby.  I think that for each of my kids it was a little different.  In our case the differences depended on their temperaments, the time of year, and lots of other variables. Bonding with Colin, our first child My first baby was so exciting and so emotional, partly because we had a l...
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What Open Adoption Means To Me

What Being Adopted Means to Me, by Kaylee (age 14) Do you ever wonder what it’s like to be adopted?  What your child is thinking about when it comes to adoption?  Well, I can tell you all about that because I was adopted at birth.  When I say that I was adopted, some people ask if my birth mother wanted me.  Of course she did, but she was going through a time when she couldn’t take care of a child.  It was a tough de...
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What is Open Adoption?

Open adoption is a relatively new concept.  Many women who are thinking about making an adoption plan don’t realize that closed adoptions – where the birth mother doesn’t know or choose the adopting parents – are a thing of the past. Definition Open adoption means, at a minimum, that the birth mother knows the identity (usually the first and last names) of the adopting parents. The adopting parents also k...
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Choosing Open Adoption Agencies When You Give Your Baby Up for Adoption

    When you choose to *, you probably feel a lot of uncertainty. What will your child’s future hold? Will you find an adoptive family that is a good fit for your child, now and in the future? An open adoption can help ease some of your worries, since it lets you continue to connect with your child’s adoptive parents and with your child even after the adoption is complete. Read More About Author...
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Disadvantages of Closed Adoption

For many years, closed adoptions were the norm. Adoption was something that was spoken about quietly, and many adopted children did not know their birth parents. Today, popular culture has changed and adoption is discussed and embraced by many. Attitudes toward closed adoptions have changed as well. What used to be a common practice is now much less common, as people have recognized that open adoption can be a boon f...
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Putting a Baby Up For Adoption

The process for putting a baby up for adoption is pretty simple.  I receive many email requests which ask many of the same types of questions.  This article focuses on a few frequently asked questions about how to put a baby up for adoption and making an adoption plan.  You are also welcome to text or email any questions you have.  I’m a birth mother, and I’ve been there.  (Read my story) Who decides whic...
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Biracial Adoption: One Family’s Story

When my husband and I started the adoption process, we were open to all possibilities, including parenting a child of any ethnic heritage.  We were young and idealistic. Sixteen years later, we are now parents of two wonderful girls, ages 15 and 11.  Both our girls are half Caucasian and half African American.  Looking back, I think of how naïve we were then and how glad I am now that we were. Education on biracial a...
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Stay Open: Closed Adoption May Not Be Right For You

Making an open adoption plan can be emotionally difficult.  Facing tough life choices and finding support from family and friends while pregnant and planning for delivery can feel overwhelming.  It’s important to keep your heart and mind open to an open adoption during this potentially stressful time. Some women think that a closed adoption will make the process easier.  They feel that a closed adoption means they wo...
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3 Things to Know About Open Adoption Services

Open Adoption Can Mean Many Things If you choose an open adoption, you and the adoptive family will work together to create a plan for future contact. Each situation is different, and it is extremely important that you are honest with both yourself and the adoptive parents about your wishes. This will help ensure a long-lasting relationship that is comfortable with everyone. Some birth mothers want to have regular co...
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