Depending on the type of adoption you are pursing, various training will likely be a part of completing your home study. You may question the reasoning behind the time-consuming classes, books, tests, group meetings, etc. You may wonder why adoptive parents are subjected to education when people who have children biologically aren’t required to have training. Each state and each agency has different requirements as to what counts as training and how much training or hours of classes are required.
I look at every chance to learn something new as a blessed opportunity. I personally LOVE to learn. I even would go as far to say that your training in adoption shouldn’t stop at the finishing the home study. Continued education in adoption, changing studies, and helping your child through the emotions of adoption is all something we can learn more about.
So what can you take away from those classes, books, magazines, and movies?
Read the things you can expect to learn through adoption training by reading the rest of my article at adoption.com.
Are you looking for inspiration during your adoption journey? Do you just have a soft spot for tender, heartwarming stories? Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Adoption is a compilation of adoption-themed tales. While it was published once as Chicken Soup for the Adopted Soul, it has been updated, with 17 new stories added. Written from the perspective of adoptive parents, birth parents, those who were adopted, and others touched by adoption, these very real stories open up our eyes to unique, yet familiar, situations.
I am a sucker for a good tear-jerker, but in all honesty, lately I have avoided many movies and books that I know will require tissues in an attempt stifle my blubbering mess. When I was asked to read and review Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Adoption, I was a bit hesitant… read my review of the book here at adoption.com.
The journey to parenthood and even into parenting can be a difficult road. You may be left feeling defeated, unworthy, unfit or just plain stressed. In this uplifting book by adoptive mothers Rachel Garlinghouse and Madeleine Melcher, a weekly devotional and short story provide you with an encouraging example of how to think on the bright side.
The book is designed to be a quick and easy read, but with thought-provoking samples and questions in each short chapter. You can chose to read straight through or select topics that you may feel drawn to based on your situation that day or week. With topics like Acceptance, Contentment, Courage, Doubt, Forgiveness, Heartache, Joy, Loss, Reassurance, Struggle, Uncertainty, and Worry, there are many emotions we all feel that are covered in the book.
In this Christian faith-driven book, each chapter begins with a scripture that correlates with the given topic. Click to continue reading my review at adoption.com
I am sooooo excited! A few months ago, I was asked to be a part of an ebook that adoption.com is publishing. It is a collection of short stories from adoptive parents about advice they can give or lessons they have learned in their adoption process. Each chapter is a story from a different adoptive parent. I can’t wait til it is released! (Don’t worry, I’ll let you know when it is. Stay Tuned.)
Anyhow, they are almost done with editing and formatting the book and the editor of adoption.com wrote to me with an update and asked me to join adoption.com as a Staff Writer (Storyteller). Their reach between adoption.com and adoption.org is over 2.5 million monthly viewers! That’s a lot of eyes! I will be writing a short piece every week on adoption. It will include personal accounts, navigating adoption, tips, pictures and advice. They will be thought provoking, educational, touch on real world news, celebrity adoptions, etc.
I am so excited about this opportunity and I hope you will check me out on adoption.com soon!
PS. Don’t worry, this blog isn’t going anywhere, I am just adding this gig to my adoption advocating! I’ll still be writing for Cincinnati Parent and Indy’s Child too.