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What If Our Expectant Mom Chooses to Parent?

By | 2017-10-05T06:15:44+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Getting Matched with an Expectant Mother and Hushing Fears One year ago, my husband and I became hopeful adoptive parents. This was our first adoption, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect or what to do. I checked our adoption profile every day (okay, it was probably every five minutes) to see if expectant parents had [...]

5 Things I Have Learned Being an Adoptive Mom

By | 2017-11-08T02:12:57+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

When we first set out on our adoption adventure, we knew very little about what adoption would entail. And like many others, we were afraid of the unknown. Through our journey, however, we have learned so much. Hoping to enlighten other hopeful adoptive parents, here are my top 5 things that I've learned since becoming an [...]

From a Birth Mother: Tips for Each Stage

By | 2017-10-05T06:17:45+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Tips for Birth Mothers An unplanned pregnancy is a shocking, scary, and surreal thing that no one thinks will ever happen to him or her. As a teenager, I placed 2 children with the same family (click here to read my story) and learned a lot about adoption while going through the process. Full disclosure: placing [...]

New Agency Provides Adoption Services in Idaho

By | 2017-10-05T06:19:40+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | provides Adoption Services in Idaho By Kaylee Sutherin The Meaning Behind the Name-  We've all heard the trendy phrase "_____ (insert favorite product, activity, and the like here) is life.  Many times in its casual use this saying becomes arbitrary, even trivial. However, who provides adoption services in Idaho has come to love [...]

Eating to Live and Living to Eat . . . and Parenting

By | 2017-10-05T06:20:49+00:00 November 4th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

By David Hardy // Attorney My wife is an "eat to live type of person. She eats plenty of vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, avoiding fats, sugars, and other simple carbohydrates. On her birthday, when she splurges, it is with a chocolate whole-wheat applesauce cake. Her preferred recipe does provide for sugar and chocolate, but the final product [...]

(Video) Why Would You Want To Have An Open Adoption?

By | 2017-10-05T06:23:00+00:00 October 28th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

These four adoptive parents talk about why they chose open adoption . . . and why they wouldn't want it any other way. Jessie knew right away that she wanted an open adoption. She says making this choice wasn't hard after she mentally put herself in the position of both an adoptee and a birth mother, imagining [...]

(Video) Why Would I Choose Adoption For My Child?

By | 2017-10-05T06:25:52+00:00 October 21st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Two birth moms and two social workers sit down together to discuss reasons that someone would choose adoption for their baby. The bottom line? Every situation is different. Every person is different. There is no cut-and-dried answer to an unplanned pregnancy. Some factors that these moms took into consideration included: Difficulties surrounding the baby's conception. Her relationship [...]

(Video) Don’t Adopted Kids Have Issues?

By | 2016-10-07T08:00:46+00:00 October 7th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

But don't adopted kids have issues? In this panel discussion between adoptive parents, Amanda mentions this as a question she has heard on more than one occasion. Her response? Who doesn't have issues? Although adoption does bring up its own set of potential problems---identity issues, attachment difficulties, feelings of loss or abandonment---they're not something prospective adoptive parents [...]

(Video) Adoptive Parents Talk About Coping With Setbacks

By | 2016-09-30T08:00:53+00:00 September 30th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

When an adoption placement falls through, you may find yourself trying to pick up the broken pieces of your heart, wondering how to cope. In this video, these four adoptive parents talk about what helped them through their own adoption losses. Their recommendations include: 1) Prioritize the well-being of expectant parents. Understand that expectant parents are doing their [...]

Birth Parent Expenses – A Delicate Balance

By | 2016-09-23T08:00:10+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

By David Hardy // Attorney Why does it cost so much? That question, in various forms, is regularly asked of adoption professionals. Usually it comes from parents hoping to adopt, but others ask it as well, including judges. Several years ago, an adoption agency retained me to represent it after a judge, during an adoption finalization hearing, demanded [...]