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Post Adoption Reports – Reminder from Dept. of State

Have you filed a post-adoption report recently? The Office of Children’s Issues of the U.S. Department of State reminds adoptive parents and adoption service providers (ASPs) how important it is to comply with the country of origin’s requirements for submitting post-adoption reports. Compliance with a country of origin’s post-adoption reporting requirements not only demonstrates U.S. families’ commitment to their children’s welfare, but also helps encourage [...]

Post Adoption Reports – Reminder from Dept. of State 2018-06-19T15:58:11+00:00

Mid Michigan Office to Open Later this Summer!

The new Mid Michigan office located at 115 S. Main Street, 2B, Freeland, MI 48623 will be open later this summer! We're celebrating by having an open house on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Join us for kids’ games and activities, food, and lots of family fun!

Mid Michigan Office to Open Later this Summer! 2018-06-13T16:47:13+00:00

Coming Soon!

Adoption Associates is excited to announce that we are growing our Mid Michigan location (Saginaw, Midland, and Bay Counties) this summer! Stay tuned for updates!

Coming Soon! 2018-06-08T10:42:56+00:00

Annie’s Adoption Story

About five years ago, I found myself in a very painful separation from my husband. During that time of pain and rebelliousness, I became pregnant. I thought it was a cruel punishment. I was already in a state of bewilderment and hurt from the separation, but a pregnancy was almost surreal. I already had three children and a stepson I was raising. At the time [...]

Annie’s Adoption Story 2018-05-31T16:47:51+00:00

AAI Offering Temporary Fee Reduction – China Adoption Program

Thousands of children in China are currently waiting to be adopted. Our mission at Adoption Associates is to help children like these find permanent families. But the cost of adoption is often a barrier. To help ease the financial burden, Adoption Associates is reducing the agency fee by $1,000 for the first 20 families who complete the application process to adopt from China. Meet 'Paisley', [...]

AAI Offering Temporary Fee Reduction – China Adoption Program 2018-05-25T14:10:52+00:00

China Waiting Children Program

So many children wait. Wait for food. Wait for medical attention. Wait to be held. Wait for a family. Wait for a home. Adoption Associates has been placing children from China since 1994. From identifying the child who belongs in your family, to assisting you with your paperwork and preparing you to bring your child home, AAI provides the personal service you’ve been hoping for. [...]

China Waiting Children Program 2018-05-16T12:46:39+00:00

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Today, May 10, 2018, is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. Each year on this day there is opportunity to focus on and to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and show that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development. Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the [...]

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2018-05-10T12:07:00+00:00

Band-Aids Heal More Than You Can See

By: Kayla North Originally published on Empowered to Connect Giving and receiving love may seem like an easy thing, but for many adopted and foster kids it is hard. They have given love to people only to have those people disappear from their lives or not return their love. They have received love only to be moved to a new home, or the “love” they received [...]

Band-Aids Heal More Than You Can See 2018-05-07T16:25:55+00:00

ACEs Science 101

What are ACEs? ACEs are adverse childhood experiences that harm children’s developing brains and lead to changing how they respond to stress and damaging their immune systems so profoundly that the effects show up decades later. ACEs cause much of our burden of chronic disease, most mental illness, and are at the root of most violence. “ACEs” comes from the CDC-Kaiser Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, a [...]

ACEs Science 101 2018-05-01T16:15:18+00:00

Understanding Birth Parents

For those couples just beginning their journey to parenthood, the thought of meeting and getting to know a birth parent can be daunting. Although we at AAI work tirelessly to help our waiting families understand the complexities and the wide range of emotions when connecting to birth parents, many feel challenged at the thought of having some sort of relationship with a birth family. The [...]

Understanding Birth Parents 2018-04-24T10:49:23+00:00