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Adopting in Michigan – Adoptive Family Profile

What is a Profile? An Adoptive Family Profile introduces you to birth parents considering adoption. The profile is a combination of pictures that depict yourselves, your family, and your lifestyle. It includes written text that describes you. You will put it together with the assistance of our profile consultant. A profile should be an authentic and accurate depiction of you – something that is unique [...]

Adopting in Michigan – Adoptive Family Profile2019-10-17T11:29:03-05:00

Infant Adoption: What Happens After We Get ‘The Call’?

Blog Talk Radio Transcript: Infant Adoption: What Happens After We Get 'The Call'? Air Date 2-20-18 (you may listen to the podcast by clicking on the audio link, or read the transcript of the podcast below) The adoption agency told us infant adoption could take up to two years, on the short end six months. We had been waiting three months when we got 'the [...]

Infant Adoption: What Happens After We Get ‘The Call’?2019-10-01T16:52:41-05:00

Pregnant? We Can Help

When you found out you were pregnant, many different emotions rushed through you – surprise, confusion, regret, excitement, fear. Even though you’ve seen it happen to other people, you never thought it could actually happen to you. We know you’re overwhelmed, but you can educate yourself about the choices you have. Adoption is one of these choices: one that gives you – and your baby [...]

Pregnant? We Can Help2019-10-01T17:06:43-05:00

Amy’s Adoption Plan

Pregnant and Scared When I found out that I was pregnant, I was scared to death. I didn’t know what to do or who to turn to. It was the beginning of the summer leading to my senior year. I was 17 years old, and was living with my mom, step-father, and two older sisters. I was very close with my family, especially my sisters. [...]

Amy’s Adoption Plan2019-10-17T11:37:18-05:00

Adopting in Michigan – What is a Home Study?

What is a Home Study? A home study is an evaluation of a home and the family living in it to be sure they can provide a safe and loving environment for a child. It assesses whether the physical and emotional needs of a child can be met. Adoptive home studies are completed by licensed social workers who meet with prospective adoptive families once in [...]

Adopting in Michigan – What is a Home Study?2019-10-17T12:02:24-05:00

Using Facebook for Post Adoption Support

Blog Talk Radio Transcript: Using Facebook for Post Adoption Support, Air Date 10-10-17 (you may listen to the podcast by clicking on the audio link, or read the transcript of the podcast below) Your child is having a meltdown, and you feel like a failure as a parent. Where do you go for support? There are countless “how to” parent books, but who has time [...]

Using Facebook for Post Adoption Support2019-10-09T12:03:48-05:00

Adoption Plan

Birth parents make a loving parenting decision when they make an adoption plan. The experience gives children and birth parents a fresh start. What Adoption Planning IS: You give your baby the family environment you choose. Your baby is loved and cared for by adoptive parents. You make a life-giving choice for your baby. Experienced, professional adoption counselors will care for you and support you [...]

Adoption Plan2019-10-17T13:56:39-05:00

Transracial Adoption Workshop – Living in Two Worlds

This unique workshop, presented by Kathy Yates and Rhonda Roorda, is open to the public and includes an interactive panel discussion with adoptees and adoptive parents.  It’s ideal for anyone considering transracial adoption, parents of transracially adopted children, and adoption professionals. Topics include: The history of transracial adoption in the U.S. Understanding racism and coping with discrimination Developing a positive identity Gaining perspective to meet [...]

Transracial Adoption Workshop – Living in Two Worlds2019-10-17T13:58:18-05:00

My Girlfriend is Pregnant

My Girlfriend is Pregnant - The Beginning of our Journey My girlfriend is pregnant, and suddenly I am a birth father. The term ‘birth father’ is a relatively new one for me. In January, when my girlfriend and I learned that we were pregnant, I began a journey that would open my eyes to a great many new things. My girlfriend and I were both [...]

My Girlfriend is Pregnant2019-10-17T14:07:41-05:00

Birth Mothers, Women of Courage – Waiting Family News

The waiting time is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about adoption and some of the issues that may need your attention as your child grows. We hope you use the following information about birth mothers to enhance your adoption journey preparation. Don't forget, after you have read and reviewed this material, log onto www.myadoptionportal.com to complete a summary in the Domestic Education section.      [...]

Birth Mothers, Women of Courage – Waiting Family News2019-10-09T12:29:36-05:00