Mardie Caldwell, Adoption Expert

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Mardie's Books

Audio & Video Clips
Caldwell has won The Benjamin Franklin Publisher's Weekly Rising Star Award for her book, Adoption: Your Step-by-Step Guide


Mardie with her family


One World with Hugh Downs
Mardie's company, Lifetime Adoption was featured in a special segment called "Voices for the Children:"


Larry King Live: Mardie Caldwell was interviewed by Larry King about whether adoptions are possible in Haiti following the tragic earthquake.

Caldwell and Larry King
Caldwell and Larry King Mardie Caldwell, America's Adoption expert, shares her shares her adoption experience and knowledge from helping families through the process and adopting herself. Every day, families are being brought together by adoption.

No Bias No Bull on CNN
Mardie appeared on No Bias No Bull as the expert in domestic adoption. Appearance was live via a studio in Sacramento, California. Interview with Roland Martin was live. Read a transcript of this interview here.

The Today Show on NBC
Part of the "I Want a Baby" series, Mardie discusses options with domestic adoption live in the New York studio with Meredith Viera. Mardie also contributed supporting information per the request on NBC producers for the website.

Inside Edition
Mardie provided comments on the benefits of open adoption in the wake of Oprah's big adoption secret being revealed.



In the Media
News Pitch: The New Face of Adoption
6 Common Adoption Myths Dispelled
Feature appearing on NBC's The Today Show website in conjunction with Mardie's appearance as the adoption expert on the show.
Single Black Women Choosing to Adopt
A number of single women who adopted through Mardie's adoption center, Lifetime Adoption, were featured (along with Mardie) in a piece by John Blake

Adoption has changed dramatically since the days when mothers gave birth and never saw their child again.  Records were sealed and adoption was considered a stigma for everyone involved.  Closed adoption left both adoptees and birth mothers wondering for  years with so many unanswered questions.  Leaving adoption open is Caldwell’s driving force.  Adoption does not have to be a goodbye forever or a goodbye at all..   

Media Reviews

"I just finished watching Sony's new film "Mother and Child. " The movie is an accurate look at the devastating lifelong effect of closed adoption on the birthmother, adoptee and anyone affected by a closed adoption. This well-casted movie portrays the sad reality of loss, regret, and remembrance that happened in adoption as it was.  The story is a poignant example of  why adoption has changed so much and why continued education regarding open adoption is so vital.  It is a must see  for anyone wanting to learn about adoption  and the reasons that open adoption is so beneficial to everyone in the adoption triad."

- Mardie Caldwell, National Open Adoption Advocate and award-winning author


Caldwell can also discuss:

  • Common misunderstandings and myths about open adoption including that domestic adoption is more difficult than international adoption 
  • With the recession, adoption rates are up.  Caldwell's adoption center  is  currently working with 400 women who are making  an adoption plan for their unborn babies.  This number is more than triple from last year.
  • Older children being placed for adoption by  grandparents or family members who have been them but  are no longer able.
  • The need to  educate birth parents and adoptive parents about their choices and legal rights.  More than ever, greater social awareness and education is needed about open adoption.    
  • Her  book  “So I Was Thinking About (Open) Adoption” written for women considering placing a child for adoption.
  • Her new documentary "Voice for the Children" aired nationally in November. Read documentary news link.



Recently, Mardie Caldwell was interviewed on CBN's The 700 Club Interactive. She spoke about her journey from infertility to adoption, and how adoption has touched her life through the adoption of her son.

Caldwell, a nationally recognized adoption expert, explains why open adoption is so important for all parties involved. Adoptees, adoptive parents, and birth mothers can all benefit from an open adoption plan. She shares some vital tips for those hoping to adopt a baby. Caldwell is the author of two recent books about adoption, one aimed at those hoping to adopt, and the other for women considering placing their child for adoption.

View Caldwell's interview here: