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Merry Christmas from our Forever Families

These are just a few of our adoptive families who shared holiday greetings with us. We love receiving your cards and pictures, and hope you had an amazing Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas from our Forever Families 2017-12-29T11:17:39+00:00

Melinda’s Adoption Story – I Chose Open Adoption

“I chose open adoption”. “My mom got mad at me, adoption is something we just don't do in our family”. Listen as this birth mother shares her story of making an adoption plan and watching her family come together to support her decision. Within Melinda’s family they are known for adopting people in but when she decided to make an adoption plan for her baby [...]

Melinda’s Adoption Story – I Chose Open Adoption 2017-12-27T14:00:29+00:00

Searching for Birth Family?

Advocating for Adoption in Personal Genetics Testing BY: KIT MITCHELL In 2003, the completion of the Human Genome Project opened the way for a large-scale private sector investment in genetic technologies.1 As synthesizing genes became less costly, companies like 23andMe, Ancestry, and others, were able to market home testing kits to the general public. Anyone can spit into a tube, send it off to the company, [...]

Searching for Birth Family? 2017-12-18T12:10:10+00:00

Putting the Pieces Together: The Significance of the Child’s Story

BY: DEBBIE WYNNE, MSED., LPC-S, LCPAA, RPT-S Curiosity about who we are, where we came from, and our significance in life is universal. Today, opportunities abound to search family history to fill in the missing pieces of the past, whether a family member shares stories from one generation to the next or we search on social media and genealogy websites for clues. For many adopted [...]

Putting the Pieces Together: The Significance of the Child’s Story 2017-12-27T10:26:55+00:00

Good night. Sleep tight. Sleep safe.

The Michigan Department of Heath and Human Services shared tips for safe sleep for infants. Follow these tips for safe sleep during every nap and night-time routine: Place your baby on their back, in a crib, bassinet or pack-n-play for every sleep time. Use a firm mattress with a tightly fitted sheet. Keep baby’s sleep space clutter free – no pillows, blankets or toys. Avoid [...]

Good night. Sleep tight. Sleep safe. 2017-12-18T12:25:22+00:00

Save the Date – Spring Gala!

Please mark your calendar for April 14, 2018, to join us as we celebrate adoption with great food and silent auction items at our Annual Spring Gala in Northville, Michigan. More details to follow!

Save the Date – Spring Gala! 2017-12-27T10:27:40+00:00

Expert Advice

Did you miss this? Last week, NBC 25 News, as well as Fox 66 News out of the Saginaw-Bay City-Flint area ran this piece on one of AAI's families, Jonathan and Amber Herron, and our very own Jennifer Jaworski, caseworker for the Saginaw-Flint area. What a wonderful way to end National Adoption Awareness Month. http://wsmh.com/…/family-whos-adopted-4-children-shares-adv…

Expert Advice 2017-12-07T11:33:21+00:00

Together We Are Motherhood

BraveLove is a national non-profit charity organization whose mission is to change the perception of adoption through honest, informative and hopeful communication that conveys the heroism and bravery a birth mother displays when she places her child with a loving family through adoption. In honor of National Adoption Month, BraveLove has recently released the video, Together We Are Motherhood, that we would like to share [...]

Together We Are Motherhood 2017-12-07T11:33:56+00:00

Surrendering a Baby In a Safe Place

MichiganRadio.org, invited Paula Springer, Director of AAI's Eastern Michigan office, to talk about Michigan's Safe Delivery of Newborns Law on their "Stateside" podcast. The law allows parents to anonymously surrender their newborn in a safe place, no questions asked. Every once in a while, you hear a news report about a newborn infant left in a dumpster or trashcan. Those stories can trigger feelings of [...]

Surrendering a Baby In a Safe Place 2017-11-20T14:11:01+00:00

Inspirational, Heartwarming, Enjoyable

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Uniting Hearts Creating Families Gala this past Saturday evening - what a special time! There was: Fierce competition for amazing auction items! A fun mystery envelope raffle Hearty, delicious food An inspiring, uplifting keynote message (Click here for a sampling) And most importantly, overwhelming support for the work of Adoption Associates! It's a busy time of [...]

Inspirational, Heartwarming, Enjoyable 2017-10-23T13:56:05+00:00