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Coping with Post-Adoption Depression

The long process of trying to have a child is over. The doctors, infertility treatments, paperwork, workshops, caseworker visits, dear birth mother letters, and countless other steps have finally culminated in the adoption of a lovely new baby. The first few days were euphoric. There was excitement and action! But now perhaps you feel a …

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Coping with PADS, Continued

Continued from Coping with Post–Adoption Depression Finding Support for Difficult Feelings While the adoption process is almost complete, the end to the roller coaster ride may appear remote. Being a new parent is stressful in itself. I tell most of my adoptive parents that it takes anywhere from two to six months to begin to …

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Transracial Adoption Q/A with Angela True

Adoption Connection participated in the Open Adoption Interview Project, where bloggers interview adoptive parents about their experiences surrounding adoption. A blogger from http://stillseriouslyandlovinit.wordpress.com asked an Adoption Connection caseworker and adoptive parent some great questions about transracial adoption: As an adoption caseworker, what kind of education programs are available or mandatory when adopting transracially? How do …

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A Blended Adoptive Family – Writing Their Own Story

Five-year-old Joachim and 2-year-old Jaspar are cherished young men. When the December holidays and birthdays roll around, the brothers get to celebrate with their parents  …  and their birth families. Adopted at birth, Joachim and Jaspar are part of a growing trend in open adoptions: merged families where the birth parents and their extended families …

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Choosing an Adoptive Family

Who will love my baby as much as I do? Many pregnant women considering adoption find themselves asking this question. Finding an adoptive family can be a life-changing experience. It can also bring doubts and insecurities to the surface, even if you are sure that adoption is the best choice for you. Christina, a birthmother …

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Adopting a Drug-Exposed Baby: Making the Decision

  Many adoptive families looking to adopt a baby through open adoption will at some point find themselves sitting down to fill out detailed questionnaires about what kind of baby they envision adopting. Sue and Jeff* decided to consider a birthmother who had used drugs during her pregnancy. “We wanted to keep the door open …

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12 Tips in Adopting a Drug-Exposed Baby

Related Posts: Adopting a Drug-Exposed Baby: Making the Decision Research, research, research. Talk to professionals – pediatricians, neonatologists or genetic counselors.  They can help you feel comfortable with your decision. Enlist a professional who is familiar with substance abuse to help you determine the birth mother’s actual experience with drugs – which drugs she used, …

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Captured in Poetry, Two Adoptions

Written by an Adoption Connection Counselor I recently had the pleasure of working with a 19-year-old birthmother, Allis, who herself was adopted at birth by her parents, Paul and Christina. Her adoptive parents were very supportive of her decision to place her unborn son in an open adoption and heard about a wonderful family in …

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Finding Neil, My Birth Father

Her eyes bulge and take up most of the space on her round face. Her thinning, blond hair stands up in places like pieces of fine straw. My birth mother looks over 60, but she is not a day over 45. I guess alcohol, cigarettes, and the Arizona sun will do that to you. People …

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Doulas in Adoption – Wanting to be Helpful

Adoption Connection participated in a wonderful evening sponsored by the Bay Area Doula Project. It was a panel discussion organized to bring adoption information to the doula community and local reproductive rights organizers and supporters. So what is a doula? Traditionally, a doula has been a birthing coach and a nonmedical person who assists a …

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