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Adoption Planning is a Positive Option

Who is choosing adoption planning?  Who might consider it? There are many myths surrounding birth mothers – who they are and why they make such a monumental decision. Here are some attributes of a birth mother: Women often facing an unplanned pregnancy range from young teen to middle age. She could be married, divorced, separated, single, or in a steady relationship.  Birth mothers can have [...]

Adoption Planning is a Positive Option2019-06-13T09:32:12-04:00

Congratulations, Kris!

Please help us congratulate Kris Dickens as she steps into her new role: Lansing Office Director! With the retirement of Nancy Cannon, Kris was the obvious choice - she's been with AAI for many years, has a wide range of experience in adoption, and is a naturally gifted leader and motivator. We look forward to witnessing great things in Central Michigan under Kris's leadership - Congratulations [...]

Congratulations, Kris!2019-06-12T09:33:25-04:00

Why Is The U.S. State Department Making It Harder For Orphans To Find Families?

Adoption advocates ask the courts to block a crippling new State Department policy that would harm waiting families and children. By Jayme Metzgar Originally posted on The Federalist, JUNE 6, 2019 Jacques and Emily Rancourt have the kind of family you don’t see every day. Not only are they raising seven children—five through adoption—but most of their adopted children have life-threatening congenital heart defects. The Rancourts have [...]

Why Is The U.S. State Department Making It Harder For Orphans To Find Families?2019-06-06T15:05:07-04:00

The Adoption Tax Credit Can Help You

BY: BECKY WILMOTH AND RYAN HANLON Published by the National Council for Adoption on June 1, 2019 While Americans have a very positive view of adoption, a majority describe private adoptions as either expensive or very expensive.1 For this reason, it is important for families to understand the adoption tax credit—whether they are adopting through the foster care system, through private domestic adoption, or through intercountry [...]

The Adoption Tax Credit Can Help You2019-06-04T11:24:59-04:00

Positive Adoption Language

How would you characterize these statements – positive or negative? I’m thinking about giving up my baby for adoption  I want to put up my baby for adoption  I can’t decide if I want to keep my baby or give her away The baby they adopted was illegitimate The natural parents couldn’t keep him so he was put up for adoption  The baby they adopted [...]

Positive Adoption Language2019-05-29T16:26:40-04:00

Birth Parent’s Bill of Rights

If you’re pregnant and thinking about adoption, are facing an unplanned pregnancy and not sure what to do, are wondering about finding a family for your baby, or looking for an adoption agency in Michigan, we’re here for you! We take our responsibility to provide you with the very best service so seriously that we created our own Bill of Rights for birth parents: Birth [...]

Birth Parent’s Bill of Rights2019-05-23T14:14:50-04:00

Appreciation For All Mothers

Last weekend was Mothers Day  - always a holiday filled with a range of emotions. As an adoption agency in Michigan, we’re constantly encountering those emotions related to: an unplanned pregnancy; making an adoption plan for baby; infertility; wanting to grow my family by adoption; etc. Our pastor read a version of the prayer below in church; I think it captures a lot of what [...]

Appreciation For All Mothers2019-05-15T14:27:28-04:00

Let’s Spread the Word

I just found out I’m pregnant and don’t know what to do. My boyfriend is telling me to get an abortion; my mom is telling me I have to keep the baby because it’s my responsibility. I’m not ready to be a mom! I can’t do this alone! I don’t really want to get an abortion, but I don’t have any other options. I heard [...]

Let’s Spread the Word2019-05-02T13:56:44-04:00

Waiting Families Education: Adoption and Prenatal Drug Exposure

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 preparation. Don’t forget, after you have read and reviewed this material, to log into www.myadoptionportal.com to complete the summary in the Domestic Education section. A message [...]

Waiting Families Education: Adoption and Prenatal Drug Exposure2019-04-30T15:36:15-04:00

Changing the Narrative

I can’t take care of another baby I want to give up my baby for adoption  I can’t afford an abortion It’s too late to get an abortion I can’t keep my baby I can’t afford another baby I don’t have any support to take care of this baby These are just a handful of the statements we hear from women contacting us about adoption [...]

Changing the Narrative2019-04-24T14:13:26-04:00