In this, our 3rd & 4th Adoption, I’ve definitely noticed some patterns.One in particular is the deafening silence from a few key people .Those whom you would just think… “surely, they are in my corner!””I would be in theirs if this scenario were flipped!””I can count on their friendship and support through this.” I am

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You are adopting a teen and have so many plans for their futures!  You see the amazing child that has been overlooked or dismissed and you want to be the one to help them shine!  After all, time is short before your child turns 18, right?  You have to hurry to get them “caught up”

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When we think of the advice given to us upon coming home from an adoption, I think being told to “cocoon” the new child is the most foreign advice for many.  It is misunderstood and it feels impossible. Cocooning is limiting caregivers and exposure to new places and people in an attempt to help a

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More often than not, when we hear about adoptions of an older child we envision a well put together family seeking to provide love and a safe home to a child that is in desperate need of a new life.  We think of a family life that would live out in a “happily ever after”

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Adoption is a life-changing process and can be daunting when a family is just getting started.  We reached out to La Casa de la Madre y el Niño in Colombia for some information to help families inquiring about Colombian adoptions have a better whole-picture view and to help them see the process from start to

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It’s not uncommon for adoption to land in the news when it involves someone famous. Headlines usually give happy, cheerful one-sentence introductions like:“(Actress) adopts daughter from foster care” “(News anchor) adopts a baby” However, there are times when adoption makes news for another reason. In 2020, YouTube Influencer Myka Stauffer and her husband, James, made headlines

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If you are anything like me, sometimes the comment section on social media is more entertaining than the original post or article. The comment section is like the newest version of a “letter to the editor” where you’ll find the opinion of virtually anyone who took time to press “send.” Recently, there was a news

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Sometimes the adoption process is referred to as a “paperwork pregnancy”.  It is definitely a labor of love and involves many, many documents.  The culmination of this work is when you submit your dossier. A dossier (dos-ee-ay) is a collection of documents that report on various aspects of your life and represents you as adoptive

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Beginning the adoption journey can be intimidating for a first-time adoptive family. Common lingo in the adoption world may feel foreign to a newcomer.  With the first step of the process being a homestudy, it may leave you with many questions. A home study is an evaluation of each potential adoptive family prior to the

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It’s a bit unfortunate that such a big decision is your first one out of the gate in the marathon of an adoption.  Which adoption agency will you use?   Each adoption is unique and there is no “one size fits all” answer to this question.  However, you can find the right agency for you,

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