Should I Parent My Adopted Child Differently Than Birth Children?

Parents often struggle to blend the parenting approach they used before they adopted with the unique trust-based parenting approach they are now using to meet the unique needs of a child from a hard place. Watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis explains how parents can effectively meet the needs of all of their children — biological, adopted, and foster — by using a parenting approach that [...]

Should I Parent My Adopted Child Differently Than Birth Children?2019-07-03T17:09:47-04:00

Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA)

FRUA has been in existence supporting adoptive families since 1994. They offer both a family membership and a new youth membership for young adults who have been adopted from an Eastern European country. Membership includes: Parent-to-parent support: Ten regional communities and the FRUA private, on-line community offering online minute-to-minute family support, as well as many parent organized districts offering local community; www.frua.org, their national website [...]

Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA)2019-06-26T09:02:14-04:00

BLOGTALK RADIO (Air Date 6.28.16): Brokenness and Redemption – One Woman’s Story

Air Date: 6.28.16 Do you feel broken? Scared? Not sure where to turn. That is how Annie felt when she learned she was pregnant. Annie a mother of three, didn't have a job, her husband left her and her life was spiraling out of control. But out of her brokenness, Annie found redemption. Read the transcript below or listen to the podcast by clicking on [...]

BLOGTALK RADIO (Air Date 6.28.16): Brokenness and Redemption – One Woman’s Story2019-06-20T14:40:40-04:00

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: 5.30.17) Open Adoption – Why We Weren’t Scared2019-06-06T15:51:35-04:00

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 [...]

BLOGTALK RADIO (Air Date: 10.3.17) The First Time My Son Asked2019-06-06T15:37:31-04:00

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 [...]

The Adoption Tax Credit Can Help You2019-06-04T11:24:59-04:00

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 [...]

Positive Adoption Language2019-05-29T16:26:40-04:00

Appreciation For All Mothers

Last weekend was Mothers Day  - always a holiday filled with a range of emotions. As an adoption agency in Michigan, we’re constantly encountering those emotions related to: an unplanned pregnancy; making an adoption plan for baby; infertility; wanting to grow my family by adoption; etc. Our pastor read a version of the prayer below in church; I think it captures a lot of what [...]

Appreciation For All Mothers2019-05-15T14:27:28-04:00

Waiting Families Education: Adoption and Prenatal Drug Exposure

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 this as a learning tool to enhance your adoption preparation. Don’t forget, after you have read and reviewed this material, to log into www.myadoptionportal.com to complete the summary in the Domestic Education section. A message [...]

Waiting Families Education: Adoption and Prenatal Drug Exposure2019-04-30T15:36:15-04:00

BLOGTALK RADIO (Air Date 1.31.17): Aaron and Dakota Birth Parents – The Adoption Decision – An insightful look into the story of the birth parents

Air Date:  1.31.17  Aaron and Dakota - Birth Parents - The Adoption Decision Aaron and Dakota a young couple are faced with an unplanned pregnancy. This blog is an insightful look into the decision making process Aaron and Dakota faced when thinking about putting their baby up for adoption. You can click on the audio file above or read the transcript below: EPISODE: [...]

BLOGTALK RADIO (Air Date 1.31.17): Aaron and Dakota Birth Parents – The Adoption Decision – An insightful look into the story of the birth parents2019-04-16T16:59:28-04:00