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Posted on 10. Dec, 2013 by Tim.
There is no better way to learn about the adoption process and the emotions connected with adoption than to hear a story from families who have lived it.
This special episode is where I share my adoption story – how my wife and I have adopted two newborns.
Through it all, we learned that while adoption is not easy, it is SOOOO worth it.
Like many adoptive families, we struggled through infertility treatments. After 12 years of marriage, we knew more than ever that we just wanted to be a mom and a dad – however that was going to happen.
That’s when adoption became a reality for us.
We decided to go for it, having no idea about the ups and downs adoption can put you through. I hope and pray that you’ll learn more about domestic infant adoption and will be inspired by my story.
In this episode you’ll learn about: CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING
IAG011: Adoption Book Review: Interview With Adoptive Mom Deanna Kahler – Author of From Pain To Parenthood
Posted on 19. Nov, 2013 by Tim.
In this episode of the Infant Adoption Guide Podcast, we talk with adoptive mom Deanna Kahler, author of the book From Pain to Parenthood: A Journey Through Miscarriage to Adoption.
Deanna and her husband went through a lot of tough times in order to adopt their daughter.
From Pain to Parenthood is all about their journey to building their family through domestic infant adoption. As you read this book, you’ll follow Deanna as she tells her incredible story of going through painful miscarriages to get to the joy of parenting through adoption.
She holds nothing back as she shares her deep emotional struggle. You’ll be inspired by her and celebrate with her as she finally realizes her dream of motherhood.
I highly recommend this book! It is a very quick read as I finished it in 1 day! You can check out my 5 star review on Amazon. No matter where you are in the process, this is an adoption book you have to read.
What you will learn about in this episode: [...]
Posted on 28. Oct, 2013 by Tim.
In honor of National Adoption Month in November, several top-rated adoption authors have teamed up to bring awareness, inspiration, and support for adoption.
We have 2 special activities planned:
1. FREE downloads of adoption books all throughout the month (see list below).
2. An Adoption Tweet Chat on National Adoption Day – November 23rd.
Free Downloads of Adoption Books
How does this work?
Each book listed below will be available to download for free only during the dates listed next to the book. [...]
Posted on 20. Oct, 2013 by Tim.
There are lots of adoption websites that connect hopeful adoptive families with prospective birthparents. Many of them are getting more specific to help make connections even faster.
For example, there are agencies that highlight families because of their religion, race, and location because they know it can be a big part in why potential birthparents select hopeful adoptive parents.
Here are 4 Christian domestic infant adoption agencies.
This doesn’t mean that these agencies will ONLY work with Christian families. As always, I recommend calling them to ask questions about their domestic infant adoption program. You can use (and print) my 12 questions to ask an adoption professional.
For over 30 years as a non-profit agency, Love Basket has been assisting families in completing domestic infant adoptions.
Love Basket works hard to give you the personal attention you need from the very beginning of the process. Many of the trained staff are adoptive parents.
While Love Basket is a Christian ministry, they are not affiliated with any particular denomination or doctrine and they work with people of Protestant, Catholic and non-denominational backgrounds.
Love Basket is licensed in Missouri, Minnesota and Kentucky. They work with families in any state (except New York).
Bethany is a global nonprofit organization and is recognized as a prominent leader in social services worldwide. Founded in 1944, they are the largest adoption agency in the U.S., their mission is to demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting and enhancing the lives of children and families around the world.
Their services include domestic infant adoption, foster care, and pregnancy counseling. Bethany is blessed to serve you through their extensive national network of over 100 offices in more than 30 states and over 1,000 experienced professionals. Find a location near you to get more information. [...]
Posted on 03. Oct, 2013 by Tim.
Have you ever struggled to find information about domestic infant adoption?
When my wife and I started the adoption journey, we certainly struggled and were overwhelmed by all of the information that seemed to only talk about international adoption. During the 7 years it has been since we’ve adopted our 2 kids, I’ve never come across a resource guide that is 100% about domestic infant adoption. So I set out to create one.
Lots of you have been a part of this project by contacting me through email, Facebook, and the online survey (that you can still take). The comments I’ve been getting from you are just awesome! I absolutely LOVE hearing about what you need to help build your forever family. It is truly inspiring to me. You have helped put the right information, tips, stories and over 100 links into this guide.
This is the resource/eBook I wish my wife and I had when we got started. It would have saved us countless hours & days – which would have helped us adopt that much faster.
This is why I am excited to announce that my new guide called 7 Steps To Domestic Infant Adoption is now available!
It is truly a one-of-a-kind instant download eBook that will help anyone who is hoping to adopt a baby in the U.S.
You can download it right now for the special price of $27.
FREE BONUSES INCLUDED!!
I’ve created 2 FREE Bonuses that you’ll get when you buy the 7 Steps To Domestic Infant Adoption.
Bonus #1 : The 10 Questions That Will Help You Adopt
Bonus #2 : The 4 Ways To Fund Your Adoption
Want to read more about the 7 Steps To Domestic Infant Adoption eBook and the 2 Free Bonuses? Click here to find out more.
If you still have questions, send me an email and I promise to respond.
P.S. After reading and checking out the book (and bonuses), send me an email or enter your comment below and let me know what you think. I want to know the good, the bad, or the ugly (hope there’s none of that in there).
Posted on 21. Sep, 2013 by Tim.
Here is something you probably already know about domestic infant adoption: it is expensive.
Obvious, right? OK, now here’s something you may not know: there are lots of ways to fund your adoption – and there are many websites that can make this easy for you.
Money can be (and usually is) a huge roadblock for people like you and me who want to adopt. We get overwhelmed by the cost. I mean, most of us cannot write a big check to adoption professionals so we can start the adoption process.
Something I want you to understand is…you can afford to adopt. You can do this. Others have done it, and you…can…too.
Let’s talk about some great ways that you can set up fundraising for your adoption – especially through donations. I understand that fundraising isn’t the only way gather the money you need to adopt. It is one of the tools you can use to get where you need to be so money doesn’t keep you from adopting.
Here are 5 of the best online fundraising sites that will help you get donations for your adoption journey.
They partner with over 1,000 retailers including Target, Babies ‘R Us, Walmart, Diapers.com, Forever 21, Priceline, Lowe’s and MANY more who can help you fund your adoption. The Pure Charity Rewards Network lets your friends and family shop online at their favorite retailers and a portion of the purchase price is deposited into their Pure Charity account. That is money that can then be donated towards your fundraiser. It costs nothing extra!
Check out their Frequently Asked Questions page, watch their “get started” videos and you’ll be set to start.
This is a super easy to use crowd-funding site that will help you get others to donate to your adoption journey. Here’s how it works: 1. Create your site (tell your story). 2. Share with friends – they give you special tools that make it easy. 3. Collect online donations in real-time. 4. Track visits and donations. Check out their Frequently Asked Questions page and click here to watch the “how it works” video.
One thing different about them – while it’s free to launch your GoFundMe campaign, they have processing fees (about 8%) that are deducted from each payment. Here’s their thoughts on having fees “Other sites may claim to be “100% Free”, but they will charge your donors instead – not cool.” Check out their Success Stories page to see how others have successfully raised money. [...]
IAG010: How to fund your adoption without debt – an interview with author and speaker Julie Gumm [Podcast]
Posted on 04. Sep, 2013 by Tim.
She is the author of the book Adopt Without Debt: Creative Ways to Cover the Cost of Adoption. She has been featured on the Dave Ramsey radio show and she regularly speaks about adoption.
Julie is married to her high-school sweetheart and is the mother of 4 children from 2 continents. She and her husband Mark paid of $235,000 in debt, including the house, and have been living God-sized, debt-free dreams ever since. She blogs about adoptive family life, affording adoption and financial freedom at JulieGumm.com.
Listen to Julie tell her story of how she and her husband Mark paid off their debt and adopted two children without going into more debt.
Julie shares in her book “the cost of adoption should never stand in the way of giving a child a family.” I agree 100%. You’ll hear talk about her 3 tier approach to funding your adoption:
1.How to find extra money in your household budget.
2.How to fundraise easily and effectively.
3.How to apply for adoption grants.
Highlights from this episode:
- How to start funding your adoption
- What to do if you aren’t the type of person that is comfortable fundraising
- Julie’s #1 tip to make your adoption more affordable
- The biggest obstacle Julie and her husband faced when saving for their adoption
- Lots of creative ways to fund your adoption without debt [...]
Posted on 29. Aug, 2013 by Tim.
2 Lucky winners are getting the signed book The Eye of Adoption by Jody Dyer.
Maria from New Mexico
– and –
Andrea from Connecticut
These two winners have their signed books on the way to them right now!
THANK YOU to all those who entered the give-away. It was fun to see so many of you sharing the post, pinning it on Pinterest, entering your email address – all trying to win a book that anyone touched by adoption should read.
If you didn’t win a book, I highly encourage you to go get a copy. It is a very fast and fun read – as Jody gives some tremendous insight into what it is like to adopt a newborn.
Here – I’ll make it easy for you just click on this link to Amazon.com where you are just a few clicks away from getting the book!
PS> If you haven’t listened to the interview with Jody, please CLICK HERE to check it out – you’ll love it!
IAG009: Adoption book review – an interview with Jody Dyer – Author of The Eye of Adoption [Podcast]
Posted on 15. Aug, 2013 by Tim.
In this episode of the Infant Adoption Guide Podcast, we review the adoption book The Eye of Adoption: the true story of my turbulent wait for a baby by Jody Dyer.
Jody is not only an author, but she’s a school teacher and more importantly a mother of two children – one biological and one adopted. She and her husband Jeff went through the gauntlet to add a second child to their family.
The Eye of Adoption is all about their journey from infertility to building their family through domestic infant adoption. Jody shares her heart, her humor, and a lot of detail about her story.
Folks – I highly recommend this book! I read it in 2 days and I’ve already put my 5 star review up on Amazon! No matter where you are in the process, this is an adoption book you have to read.
What you will learn about in this episode:
- Why Jody and Jeff decided on domestic infant adoption.
- What open adoption means to Jody.
- What adopting a baby meant to them (especially since Jeff was adopted as a baby).
- How they researched and chose an adoption agency.
- How and why the birthmother of their son chose Jody and Jeff.
- The one thing Jody and Jeff would have done differently on their adoption journey.
- THE SIGNED BOOK GIVE-AWAY (see below for details)!
- AND MUCH MORE! CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING
Posted on 10. Aug, 2013 by Tim.
More and more expectant mothers are looking at the internet to find adoptive families. Some even choose a family before they contact an adoption agency or attorney.
In our second adoption journey, the birthparents of our son found us online. They were able to read all about us and watch the profile video we put together. They knew a lot about us before contacting our agency.
So creating an online profile is important (maybe even necessary). I want to share with you how to put your profile online – and stand out from the crowd.
Here are 5 websites where you can put your domestic adoption profile online for potential birthmothers to find and connect with you.
1. America Adopts! This is a site that is all about giving you the tools and know-how you need to stand out and connect with expectant parents confidently and conveniently. Here is an article they wrote about 3 ways to make your profile stand out.
They have their own blog, a nice adoption resources page and they give you reasons why you should choose them. You can even read my guest post on their site, where I tell my story “My Dream of Becoming an Adoptive Daddy”. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!