Whether you are considering adoption for yourself or would like to debunk some common adoption myths for friends and family, we are here to help you! Adoption can be a scary topic, especially as things have changed with how adoptions work now verses 20+ years ago. Built on fear and lack of knowledge, myths and misconceptions form. Horror stories told through the grape vine become distorted versions of the truth, and that is all people cling to. So let’s set the record straight on some of the most common myths in the adoption world. Open your mind and put your fears to rest. We won’t sugar coat the truth, but rather inform you so you can make the best decision for your family and educate your friends and extended family along your journey.
It was an unusually warm January day in 2013. The expectant mother and I had grown quite close in the short time we had known each other. She had a bad case of bronchitis. As a result, she was not getting much sleep and growing dehydrated. Her amniotic fluid was decreasing, so we were going to the hospital every few days for a non-stress test and fluid check. We had our overnight bags packed, anticipating that one of these visits would result in the big day coming a few weeks early. That day was The Day. We called our spouses so they could meet us there. Things were about to get moving. Good thing she and I grabbed lunch on our way!
“Gotcha Day” can come with many emotions for people on all sides of the triad. From the term “gotcha” symbolizing an object to be gotten or the way you say “gotcha” when you scare or trick someone, to just not wanting to celebrate something that could have been emotionally devastating for others in the triad. Click here to see why our family doesn’t celebrate Gotcha Day on adoption.com.
Something I have recently been proud to take on is volunteering for my county’s Children’s Services. The children that are waiting for their forever homes were in great need of updated profile pictures for the adoption website. As a photographer and adoptive mother, what better way to donate my time and ability than to provide them with new portraits! Now that I have photographed a lot of them, I want to share them with you. If you are looking to expand your family and have love and nurturing to provide. I hope you will consider these wonderful children!
For more information on the children listed below, please contact Butler County Children’s Services and speak to a social worker or adoption specialist. Please share this page with everyone you know. We need to find these wonderful kids their forever homes. While I had the pleasure of spending time with them for their portraits, I learned just how wonderful these kids are. Yes, they may need some special care to adjust to a new environment, but they are loving, polite and charismatic kids who eagerly want to be adopted!
300 N. Fair Ave.
Hamilton, OH 45011
Website: Butler County Children Services
Denessa (purple) and Anna (blue) are sisters.
Learning about adoption was overwhelming for me. You are not alone in feeling that way! Looking for an adoption agency is not any exception. In our journey we contacted at least half a dozen agencies and read countless articles online trying to figure out where to start and what to expect. We were not just in distress about how long we had been trying for a baby, but then we learned that we could have anywhere from days to several years on the “waiting list” for a baby, too. Factor in the cost associated with agency adoption, and we were bewildered. We had no idea how to select the best adoption agency that would meet our needs. Looking at the fact that there are tons of adoption agencies that can put on a great advertising front, but operate very unethically, we were scared we would be out time and money that we wouldn’t be able to ever get back and could potentially stop us from adopting if we suffered any loss.
While there are many other things, including the gut feelings you get when talking to them, these are a great starting point for fielding your options. For the rest of this article, please click here to read it at Adoption.com.
Becoming a dad is achieved in many ways. Not every family starts the same. Here is my husband’s journey to becoming a dad. This tribute is for the man who completes me and has eagerly opened his arms and heart to love children that do not share his genes. Thank you, Joe. Happy Father’s Day!