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Adoptive Parents Connected from the Start

Blog talk Radio Transcript:  Adoptive Parents Connected from the Start – Part 1    Air Date: 7-11-17 (you may listen to the podcast by clicking on the audio link, or read the transcript of the podcast below) This podcast is about three women that started out as strangers, but who now have a bond unlike any other. They share how they connected on their journey to [...]

Adoptive Parents Connected from the Start2019-10-15T11:38:27-04:00

Navigating Tough Transitions

Navigating Tough Transitions by Kim Waldie, Post-Adoption Resource Center Supervisor Originally published by Post Adoption Resource Center Autumn 2019 Newsletter for Adoptive Families When we think about the word transition, many descriptors come to mind: Rocky transition. Transition time. Transition process. Even the descriptors sound unpleasant! In the article, “Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI): A Systemic Approach to Complex Developmental Trauma,” Drs. Karyn Purvis & David [...]

Navigating Tough Transitions2019-10-15T17:00:26-04:00

“Give Up a Baby for Adoption” – What it Really Means

The terminology that we hear so often, "give up a baby for adoption", is not really giving up a baby. In all reality, when you “give up a baby for adoption”, you are choosing to give your baby the gift of a loving family and a home. You are choosing life for your baby. A life filled with hopes and dreams and opportunity – the [...]

“Give Up a Baby for Adoption” – What it Really Means2019-10-08T16:31:41-04:00

Teen Pregnancy

My Story I was 17 years old, living with my parents, raising a child, trying to finish high school, and pregnant again. What was I going to do? How was I going to take care of two kids while still trying to finish school and hold down a job? This is what I was thinking and contemplating about only three years ago when I was [...]

Teen Pregnancy2019-10-17T10:27:20-04:00

Adopting in Michigan – Adoptive Family Profile

What is a Profile? An Adoptive Family Profile introduces you to birth parents considering adoption. The profile is a combination of pictures that depict yourselves, your family, and your lifestyle. It includes written text that describes you. You will put it together with the assistance of our profile consultant. A profile should be an authentic and accurate depiction of you – something that is unique [...]

Adopting in Michigan – Adoptive Family Profile2019-10-17T11:29:03-04:00

Infant Adoption: What Happens After We Get ‘The Call’?

Blog Talk Radio Transcript: Infant Adoption: What Happens After We Get 'The Call'? Air Date 2-20-18 (you may listen to the podcast by clicking on the audio link, or read the transcript of the podcast below) The adoption agency told us infant adoption could take up to two years, on the short end six months. We had been waiting three months when we got 'the [...]

Infant Adoption: What Happens After We Get ‘The Call’?2019-10-01T16:52:41-04:00

Pregnant? We Can Help

When you found out you were pregnant, many different emotions rushed through you – surprise, confusion, regret, excitement, fear. Even though you’ve seen it happen to other people, you never thought it could actually happen to you. We know you’re overwhelmed, but you can educate yourself about the choices you have. Adoption is one of these choices: one that gives you – and your baby [...]

Pregnant? We Can Help2019-10-01T17:06:43-04:00

Amy’s Adoption Plan

Pregnant and Scared When I found out that I was pregnant, I was scared to death. I didn’t know what to do or who to turn to. It was the beginning of the summer leading to my senior year. I was 17 years old, and was living with my mom, step-father, and two older sisters. I was very close with my family, especially my sisters. [...]

Amy’s Adoption Plan2019-10-17T11:37:18-04:00

Adopting in Michigan – What is a Home Study?

What is a Home Study? A home study is an evaluation of a home and the family living in it to be sure they can provide a safe and loving environment for a child. It assesses whether the physical and emotional needs of a child can be met. Adoptive home studies are completed by licensed social workers who meet with prospective adoptive families once in [...]

Adopting in Michigan – What is a Home Study?2019-10-17T12:02:24-04:00

Using Facebook for Post Adoption Support

Blog Talk Radio Transcript: Using Facebook for Post Adoption Support, Air Date 10-10-17 (you may listen to the podcast by clicking on the audio link, or read the transcript of the podcast below) Your child is having a meltdown, and you feel like a failure as a parent. Where do you go for support? There are countless “how to” parent books, but who has time [...]

Using Facebook for Post Adoption Support2019-10-09T12:03:48-04:00