Adoption Quotes & Sayings

Adoption quotes and sayings help express some of the concepts of adoption we are unable to explain. They help us feel and reflect. Because the adoption process is built upon loss there are multiple emotions throughout. Although a child is gaining a family, a birth mother is grieving her child. Although an infertile couple is finally becoming a family, there is always sadness about what was not.  [...]

Adoption Quotes & Sayings2017-05-10T00:18:01-04:00

What’s In A Name?

When choosing a name for your child there are many things to think about. All parents want the perfect name for their child and adoption brings special consideration to this task. There are no strict guidelines, but there are some helpful things to keep in mind when looking for that perfect name. In domestic adoption there can be several possible situations. Sometimes birth parents do [...]

What’s In A Name?2017-05-10T00:06:50-04:00

Surviving The Waiting Process: Advice from Adoptive Parents

No other journey in your life better warrants the phrase “hurry up and wait” than the adoption process does.  For most people, by the time you make the decision to adopt, you are way past wanting a child.  You have paid your “patience” dues.  You have made it through the flurry of home study meetings, gathering documents for your dossier and USCIS, getting them all [...]

Surviving The Waiting Process: Advice from Adoptive Parents2017-12-06T13:38:57-05:00

Talking About Adoption

Start thinking now about talking to your children about adoption. Adoption stories aren’t always fairy tales. Sometimes birth parents make adoption plans because of difficult circumstances - substance abuse, rape, neglect or criminal activity. Often adoptive parents feel helpless about how to positively convey a difficult story to their child. We all want our children to have the best in this world and work very [...]

Talking About Adoption2017-05-30T12:51:00-04:00

Adoptive Family Support Groups

Adoptive Family Suppor Network 233 East Fulton St., Suite 108 Grand Rapids, MI 49503 616.458.7945 Chinese Culture Group of Greater Grand Rapids Website: Email: Families for International Children Website: Box 2053 Grand Rapids, MI 49501 Jessica Lyons, President | Cathy Wood, Vice President Families with Children from China Website: GLOBA: Greater Lansing OURS by Adoption P.O. Box 25161 Lansing, MI 48909 Contact Mary Ann Kwast at 517.622.2055 [...]

Adoptive Family Support Groups2017-05-09T23:37:39-04:00

Making Your Wait Count: Leaning Into Your Support System

Do you remember the TV game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”?  It was a dramatic, trivia game with multiple choice questions leading to big cash prizes.  What made this game show unique was that the host provided three “helps” for the contestant to aid in the quest for millions.  Players could choose to eliminate half of the answers by selecting the 50/50, they [...]

Making Your Wait Count: Leaning Into Your Support System2017-05-09T23:22:53-04:00

Making Your Wait Count

Waiting for the phone call that connects you with a birth mother can feel like it's an eternity.  There are rewarding activities that you can focus on to help pass that time until you are united with your baby.   If you ask anyone who adopted they will normally tell you yes the wait was long but the end result was worth the wait ! We  have put together [...]

Making Your Wait Count2017-05-09T23:21:43-04:00

Safe Kids Coalition

Safe Kids Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Counties Sponsoring Agency:  Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency Website: Coalition Contact:  Mary Boyer-Proctor E-mail: Phone:  (517) 964-0073 Address:  20 Care Drive, Hillsdale, MI 49242 Serving:  Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph Counties Safe Kids Capital Area Sponsoring Agency:  Sparrow Hospital Website: Coalition Contact:  Mickie Kreft E-mail: Phone:  (517) 364-3743 Address:  1215 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI  48909 [...]

Safe Kids Coalition2017-05-09T23:16:39-04:00

Adoption Benefits Through Your Employer

Whether you are adopting domestically or internationally, now is the time to consider these issues: Are you eligible for 12 weeks of unpaid family leave under the FMLA? Are you eligible for paid or unpaid family leave under state law? How much and when can you take it? How many vacation, personal, or sick days have you accrued? Can you use those days however you [...]

Adoption Benefits Through Your Employer2017-05-09T22:49:46-04:00

Adoption Networking

Most adoptive parents understand some “adoption networking” on their behalf is important to their success, but what is adoption networking? Simply defined, “adoption networking” is the activities employed by prospective adopting couples to reach adoption-minded birth parents. Making a decision to actively seek a birth mother increases your chance of placement and may decrease the time you wait to bring a child home. You can [...]

Adoption Networking2017-05-09T22:48:28-04:00
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