Category Archives: Adoptive Families

Insights From a Birthmother Who Remains Happy & Confident

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by birthparent, Michelle Thompson, about her decision to find a family early on in her pregnancy and reasons why some expectant mothers considering adoption might choose to do the same.  Please also note that the Independent Adoption Center uses positive adoption language. EARLY ADOPTION MATCHES Sure, many […]

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Adoption Announcements & Adoption Shower Etiquette

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Katie Scott from Basic Invites. The journey through adoption is always unique – no two people have the same story, the same process, or have taken the same road leading them to their new family. All stories are equally beautiful and deserve to be acknowledged and […]

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Owning Your Story: I Am A Birthmother

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by birthmother, Angela Rushing. I was a young hairdresser from Shreveport, Louisiana, living the dream in Chicago during the mid to late eighties. I was on top of the world, 24 years old and making nice money for the first time in my young life. We were […]

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A Colorful Open Adoption Story

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by the Independent Adoption Center’s waiting adoptive parent, Marianne Puechl.   This month marks our daughter’s tenth birthday. Life with her has been an amazing experience; our journey through open adoption has gifted us in so many ways, and taught us countless things. Like most adoptive parents, […]

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Our First Father’s Day Knowing You

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by adoptive father, Will Collyer. In this post he writes to his daughter, he expresses the moments leading up to being connected with her and the joy of celebrating his first Father’s Day. Last Father’s Day we didn’t know you existed, but you did. Your birthmom didn’t […]

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Passing On A Mother’s Love

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by waiting adoptive parent, Krista McIlmoil, about what she’s learned from her own mother and what she hopes to pass on to her future child. Sometimes I call our own toll free number just to make sure it’s working, even though our online call log says that […]

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The State of Adoption in the U.S.

Cyma Shapiro, creator of “For Women Over 40,” interviewed the President and Founder of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency (NCAP), Adam Pertman. As one of the leading voices in the field, Adam discusses the trends of open adoption in domestic adoptions, foster adoptions, and international adoptions. As stated by Pertman, “adoptions have been […]

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A Valentine’s Love Note

Editor’s Note: The following post is a part of our love note series for Valentine’s day. This post is a letter by an adoptive mother, Rachna, to her adopted daughter, Maya. To the love of my life, I never believed in love at first sight until I saw you for the first time. It was […]

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A Valentine’s Love Note

Editor’s Note: The following post is a part of our love note series for Valentine’s day. This post is a letter by an adoptive mother, Charity Starchenko, to her adopted son, Lev. Dear Lev, On Valentine’s Day, it will be six years since we met your birthmother, Jodi. I remember so vividly the night that […]

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How To Make The Decision of Opening Your Adoption Profile

Editor’s Note: Due to the sensitive details of the stories of his children and their birthfamilies, the author has chosen to publish this post anonymously. Opening up your profile is a very personal and complex decision. If you are considering opening your profile further please contact your counselor to discuss it When my wife and I […]

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