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Adoption Options for Birth Mom’s

Birth mom's, you’re in charge! You have adoption options. When you choose adoption we want you to make an informed decision – one that’s best for you and for your baby. Here are some basics when it comes to selecting the adoption option that's a good fit for both you and your baby: Open Adoption If you want openness, it is likely that you’ll start [...]

Adoption Planning is a Positive Option

There are many myths surrounding birth mothers – who they are and why they make such a monumental decision. Read below to see who is choosing adoption planning? And, who might consider it? Here are some attributes of a birth mother: Women often facing an unplanned pregnancy range from young teen to middle age. She could be married, divorced, separated, single, or in a steady [...]

Congratulations, Kris!

Please help us congratulate Kris Dickens as she steps into her new role: Lansing Office Director! With the retirement of Nancy Cannon, Kris was the obvious choice - she's been with AAI for many years, has a wide range of experience in adoption, and is a naturally gifted leader and motivator. We look forward to witnessing great things in Central Michigan under Kris's leadership - Congratulations [...]

BLOGTALK RADIO (Air Date: 5.30.17) Open Adoption – Why We Weren’t Scared

How is Adoption Associates different from other adoption agencies in Michigan? Adoption Associates promotes "Open Adoption."  What is open adoption? What does that look like? Can the birth parents take the children back? Read the transcript below or listen to the podcast by clicking on the media file above to hear first hand from an adoptive mother about her experience with open adoption. [...]

BLOGTALK RADIO (Air Date: 10.3.17) The First Time My Son Asked

(Air Date: 10.3.17) The First Time My Son Asked How do you respond when your adoptive child asks about their birth parents? What do you share? Do you share or change the subject?  Kids are curious and want to know and understand where they came from. They want to know why their birth parents gave them up for adoption. They don't understand until [...]

Why Is The U.S. State Department Making It Harder For Orphans To Find Families?

Adoption advocates ask the courts to block a crippling new State Department policy that would harm waiting families and children. By Jayme Metzgar Originally posted on The Federalist, JUNE 6, 2019 Jacques and Emily Rancourt have the kind of family you don’t see every day. Not only are they raising seven children—five through adoption—but most of their adopted children have life-threatening congenital heart defects. The Rancourts have [...]

The Adoption Tax Credit Can Help You

BY: BECKY WILMOTH AND RYAN HANLON Published by the National Council for Adoption on June 1, 2019 While Americans have a very positive view of adoption, a majority describe private adoptions as either expensive or very expensive.1 For this reason, it is important for families to understand the adoption tax credit—whether they are adopting through the foster care system, through private domestic adoption, or through intercountry [...]

Positive Adoption Language

How would you characterize these statements – positive or negative? I’m thinking about giving up my baby for adoption  I want to put up my baby for adoption  I can’t decide if I want to keep my baby or give her away The baby they adopted was illegitimate The natural parents couldn’t keep him so he was put up for adoption  The baby they adopted [...]

Birth Parent’s Bill of Rights

If you’re pregnant and thinking about adoption, are facing an unplanned pregnancy and not sure what to do, are wondering about finding a family for your baby, or looking for an adoption agency in Michigan, we’re here for you! We take our responsibility to provide you with the very best service so seriously that we created our own Bill of Rights for birth parents: Birth [...]