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10 Awesome National Adoption Month Ideas

In 1976 Governor Michael Dukakis announced Adoption Week in his home state of Massachusetts to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families. Eight years later, President Ronald Reagan announced the first ever National Adoption week in the U.S. Finally, in 1995, President Bill Clinton expanded that week to National Adoption Month. Now, every November […]

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Different Types of Adoption

When prospective adoptive parents begin their adoption journey, they typically research the various types of adoption. Adoption agencies, attorneys, foster care, open, closed, domestic, international. The list can be long and confusing! We’ve discussed these many options with adoptive families, as well as those curious about adoption in general. To help you understand the different […]

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Positive Adoption Language

Words have the power to change our perspective. Even the most well-meaning people can harm someone with their words simply because they do not understand. Understanding specific language can help with sensitive situations, like adoption. Whether you are speaking with an adoptive family or a birthmother, the chart below will help you, or your well-meaning […]

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Suann Hibbs: A Successful Adoption Story

Last year, we helped bring STUCK, the documentary about the difficulties of international adoption, to North Mississippi. Our hope was to raise awareness about how our government and the governments of other countries sometimes create unnecessary barriers, keeping children from their forever families. Sometimes, agency actions create the problems. This fall, Tom met Suann Hibbs, […]

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Teachers and Adoption

For every teacher, a new school year means new students, new opportunities, and new challenges. Countless factors go into teaching a group of students (major respect for the awesome teachers out there), but have you considered how much a child’s past can affect his or her learning experience? While projects like bring a baby picture […]

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Adoption and Your Extended Family

Adoption begins with loss of a birthparent. Either through death or an inability to parent, your child lost his or her birthparents. The beautiful picture of adoption is the restoration of love and family. However, that initial loss often fosters many questions from family members, your child and even complete strangers. How much do you […]

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Family Exercise: Staying Fit Together

Incorporating exercise into your children’s lifestyle is extremely important not only for their physical health, but also their emotional and mental state. Exercising with your child, especially your adopted children, can increase bonding between parent and child as well as aid in the grief we mentioned in an earlier blog post. We know, we know. […]

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Adoption Grief: Understanding Your Child’s Mourning

Everyone has experienced grief at some point of his or her life. Yet, as adults we often find difficulty in accepting a child’s grief, especially adoptive children’s grief. We hear the following sentences all too often, “But you rescued him/her. They shouldn’t be sad. They should be thankful.” This is a misguided understanding of how […]

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Help Us Offer Hope this Fourth of July

Miranda (true name), 16 years old and pregnant, with no mother or father in her life to offer love or support, endured the pressure of her very own grandmother to abort her unborn baby. As the grandmother of four amazing grandchildren, I find it difficult to grasp. But Miranda stood alone for life—was referred to […]

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Facilitators vs Agencies vs Attorneys: What adoption provider is right for you?

We hear the horror stories every day of adoptions that cost more than they should or didn’t go as smoothly and problem free as the adoptive family expected. More often than not, those problems resulted from the use of unregulated and unlicensed adoption facilitators. We love seeing families grow through adoption, but we also know […]

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