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Family Meetings: A Beginner’s Guide

Family meetings are an important tool for families to incorporate into their weekly routine. Used effectively, family meetings provide a platform for safe communication, while ensuring every member has a vocal role in family decisions. In this Adoption Learning Partners Webcast, Tina Feigal will discuss how family meetings can benefit adoptive families by fostering healthy communication about important family issues, helping children develop a sense [...]

Family Meetings: A Beginner’s Guide 2019-02-06T10:13:08+00:00

Waiting Families News – Helping Your Child, Helping Your Birth Mother

Waiting Families News Helping Your Child, Helping Your Birth Mother 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 journey preparation. Don't forget, after you have read and reviewed this material, log onto www.myadoptionportal.com to [...]

Waiting Families News – Helping Your Child, Helping Your Birth Mother 2019-02-04T10:25:07+00:00

Will Trust-Based Parenting Work for My Child?

Parents often ask whether trust-based parenting — the type of parenting that Dr. Karyn Purvis teaches — will work for their child. In the second video of this series originally posted on EmpoweredToConnect.org, watch as Dr. Purvis answers this question, and explains why each of our children — regardless of their age or stage of development — need the same things from their parents. [...]

Will Trust-Based Parenting Work for My Child? 2019-01-25T13:26:07+00:00

Children Who Need Love the Most

By Becky Mansfield Originally posted November 29, 2017 on KidsActivitiesBlog.com “The children who need love the most will always ask for it in the most unloving ways.”  I couldn’t agree more. Do you ever feel like your kids crave your attention, but show it in the worst ways? Do you ever hear your child talking back or acting up and wonder, “What is going on? [...]

Children Who Need Love the Most 2019-01-18T16:55:10+00:00

10 Questions Adoptive Parents Ask

We're sharing a video collection by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Michael Monroe that offers helpful insights and practical advice in response to many of the questions that are commonly asked by adoptive and foster parents. This series was originally posted on EmpoweredToConnect.org. Parents often find that children from hard places are prone to use manipulative and controlling behaviors. Watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis and Michael [...]

10 Questions Adoptive Parents Ask 2019-01-11T14:22:32+00:00

Adoptee Returns to China

Original story by Enid Tsui, posted October 21, 2018 on Post Magazine Kati Pohler of Michigan has returned to China and is getting to know her birth family. Her emotional reunion with her long-lost Chinese mother, father and sister was watched by millions the world over in a BBC documentary: Meet Me On The Bridge At 4pm on August 26 last year, 22-year-old Catherine Su [...]

Adoptee Returns to China 2018-12-28T10:31:22+00:00

Stacie’s Adoption Story

I was 20 years old when I found out I was pregnant with my third child. All from different relationships. My life was way off track. I wasn’t handling my present dilemmas – I didn’t need to create more. When I found out again that I was pregnant, it was the point in my life where I knew changes had to be made. For my [...]

Stacie’s Adoption Story 2018-12-20T15:24:36+00:00

AAI Featured on BirthMomsToday.com

AAI had the honor of being featured on BirthMomsToday.com recently!  BirthMomsToday exists to provide support, encouragement, and love to birth mothers around the United States as they go through their adoption journey, and beyond. Click below to read the full article. https://birthmomstoday.com/adoption-associates-inc/?fbclid=IwAR1XpLu8WM0yPfVwr10zOWBANLlmUrQLRdI1LTBxfOlUTx2JLd0hGYWZA-E

AAI Featured on BirthMomsToday.com 2018-12-14T12:00:58+00:00

Lovelines, Not Bloodlines – Lea’s Perspective on Adoption

The last video in our series celebrating National Adoption Month is Lea's story. Lea wants her birth parents to know that she is happy and thankful for the beautiful life they gave her by placing her into a wonderful family. "My life is filled with joy." https://vimeo.com/301759854  

Lovelines, Not Bloodlines – Lea’s Perspective on Adoption 2018-12-07T12:11:50+00:00

Adoption From Alex’s Perspective

In our continued celebration of National Adoption Awareness Month we are sharing another video that was shown at our recent Uniting Hearts | Creating Families Fundraising Gala. This is a short video about Alex, giving his perspective on adoption as an adoptee, describing it as "beautiful pain". https://vimeo.com/301755656  

Adoption From Alex’s Perspective 2018-11-26T17:01:13+00:00