Ethiopia Bans Intercountry Adoption

Ethiopia's parliament has passed legislation banning intercountry adoption. NCFA's Ryan Hanlon joined BBC World Service Radio to discuss how this decision places unparented children at risk. NCFA believes that a global child welfare continuum should prioritize reunification, kinship adoption/guardianship, and in-country domestic adoption options, all before intercountry adoption is considered. Unfortunately, Ethiopia's reunification and kinship placement efforts are limited, and there are not enough Ethiopian adoptive homes [...]

Ethiopia Bans Intercountry Adoption 2018-01-11T15:27:55+00:00

BLOGTALK RADIO (Transcript/Audio): The Adoption Experience Through The Eyes of a Hospital Social Worker

You can read the transcript below or listen to the audio file by clicking here. Jaworski: Hi and welcome to Adoption Focus. My name is Jennifer Jaworski and I'm a social worker with Adoption Associates of Michigan. This is Adoption Associates Premier Talk Radio Blog Show. Adoption Associates and its staff are trusted leaders in adoption and we have placed well over 5,000 children into [...]

BLOGTALK RADIO (Transcript/Audio): The Adoption Experience Through The Eyes of a Hospital Social Worker 2018-01-06T06:50:58+00:00

Moxie Matters

Attention moms!  We want to share an event you may be interested in attending. Many of you have heard of Jen Hatmaker, adoptive mother, author, and motivational speaker. Jen will be appearing along with Nichole Nordeman on their Moxie Matters Tour at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 7:00 pm. Click here for a link to purchase tickets [...]

Moxie Matters 2018-01-03T16:06:12+00:00

BLOGTALK RADIO (TRANSCRIPT): Infertility and Adoption

Infertility is something that many couples face. Following is one woman's story of infertility and the decision to adopt. If you would rather listen to this podcast click here.   Jennifer J.:                         Hi and welcome to Adoption Focus. My name is Jennifer Jaworski and I'm a social work with Adoption Associates of Michigan. This is Adoption Associates' premiere talk radio blog show. Adoption Associates and [...]

BLOGTALK RADIO (TRANSCRIPT): Infertility and Adoption 2017-12-28T17:41:06+00:00

BLOGTALK RADIO (Transcript): Complex Circumstances at the Hospital and the Accompanying Emotions

Just learned that the baby you are planning to adopt is going through withdrawal; how do you respond? Read the transcript below or listen here.  The Complexities of Emotions  and Circumstances at the Hospital and Afterwards  (adoptionfocus/2017/03/14/) Jennifer J.:                         Hi, and welcome to Adoption Focus.  My name is Jennifer Jaworski, and I am a social worker with Adoption Associates of Michigan. This is Adoption Associates [...]

BLOGTALK RADIO (Transcript): Complex Circumstances at the Hospital and the Accompanying Emotions 2017-12-27T13:55:49+00:00

BLOGTALK RADIO (Transcript): Being Open to the Possibility of International Adoption

BLOGTALK RADIO: Adoption Focus - Being Open to the Possibility of International Adoption You can read the transcript below or listen to this broadcast by clicking here. Jennifer J: Hi, and welcome to adoption focus. My name is Jennifer Jaworski, and I am a social worker with Adoption Associates of Michigan. This is Adoption Associates Premiere Talk Radio Blog Show. Adoption Associates was founded in [...]

BLOGTALK RADIO (Transcript): Being Open to the Possibility of International Adoption 2017-12-27T14:11:32+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

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