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By: Leah Outten
Leah Outten's picture I was 16 when I found myself pregnant and decided on an open adoption for my daughter, Anna. However, just two and a half years later, I was pregnant again at 19. That time around, I chose to claim the title "Mom." To outsiders, my situation might have seemed identical to the first since I was still young, but it wasn't the same. I had graduated from high school and was working on my college education. I had met an amazing, loving man, and he didn't run away when those two lines appeared! That support from him was crucial with my second pregnancy. We knew we were ready to face the... Read More
By: Rachel Garlinghouse
Rachel's picture Your paperwork is submitted, background checks and interviews are completed, and now you are waiting to hear if you’ve been matched or referred. Congrats! You are officially a waiting-parent-to-be!  As you wait for your baby, you’ll have the opportunity to accomplish a few things, like preparing your home for your future child. A great way to go about this is to create a baby registry at one or two (or more) stores so that when you have a baby shower or your new child arrives, well-wishers can purchase the items your child will need. Here are some tips to get you started: When... Read More
By: John Simmons
John Simmons's picture Older children who are in need of a family will always outnumber prospective parents that are willing to embrace them. That tragedy is as old as history itself. Not too long ago, people who were willing to adopt had innumerable excuses to turn their backs on older children. First off, education about adoptees was primitive and/or jaded, leading us to believe that adopting children before they could retain memories would make it easy for them to accept the destruction of their first family experiences and make it easier to move forward as if nothing had happened. Secondly, before... Read More
By: Kristen Nicole
KristenNicole's picture I hear stories from adult adoptees who are very unhappy with their adoption, who struggle with the pain that can occur from being an adoptee. That makes me very sad. Some adoptees are downright angry and mean to anyone involved with adoption. Others just want adoptive parents to know how their kids are feeling and what to expect. This can make adoptive parents worry like crazy about their children and their futures. I have had hopeful adoptive couples reach out to me and express their fear of adopting because they don’t want their children to hate them, make poor life choices or... Read More

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