My Christmas Message to Adoptive Parents

My Christmas Message to Adoptive Parents

  Each year, a different part of the Christmas story stands out to me. A part in the very beginning tugs on my heart this year, and reminds me of the legacy you’re already preparing for your adopted child.   When I decided to pursue adoption, I remember...
The Best Adoption Advice I Ever Gave

The Best Adoption Advice I Ever Gave

30 years ago when I was adopting, I had to figure things out on my own. Open adoption was still new back then, and independent adoption was all but unheard of. I didn’t have any adoption advice to go by. But I was so ready to be a mom and do everything I could...
4 Fun Ideas for Your Next Themed Party

4 Fun Ideas for Your Next Themed Party

Whether you’re throwing a birthday party, baby shower, wedding shower, or a party “just because,” one thing I’ve discovered that never fails is the “theme.” If your party has a theme, it will practically plan itself from...
What to Do If the Birth Mother Changes Her Mind

What to Do If the Birth Mother Changes Her Mind

The most common fear that hopeful adoptive parents have is that the birth mother changes her mind and that the adoption will come to an end. At my adoption center, we do all that we can do to make sure that we are alert to potential “red flags” in each of...
How to Stay Healthy When You Travel This Summer

How to Stay Healthy When You Travel This Summer

For the past year, it feels like we all have been cooped up at home. So I imagine that many of you are ready to travel this summer. I know I am!   I have come up with several tips to help you travel in a safe and healthy way. Whether you are taking a road trip or...
Adoption Today—We’ve Come a Long Way!

Adoption Today—We’ve Come a Long Way!

I always find it interesting to ask acquaintances, even strangers, what they think of adoption today. I generally have to specify I mean the adoption of children as you would be surprised at how many go straight to pets.   I typically get a blank stare followed...