Archive for 'Adoption Stories'
Posted on 15. Feb, 2014 by Tim.
A little while back I got an email from Gayle. She asked me if I would consider looking at her book about adoption. After checking it out on Amazon, I told her I’d love to review it. Shortly after that, my copy of ABC, Adoption & ME arrived. I have to say that I am truly impressed.
I had never seen an adoption book for kids like this before. It is so unique because is uses every letter in the alphabet to talk about lots of adoption topics. I especially like the letter F – it is for Family. Birth families, adoptive families – forever families.
Written by Gayle Swift and her adult daughter Casey Swift – ABC, Adoption and ME is a great book to sit down and read together because it gives adoptive parents the ability to discuss adoption with their children. Each letter’s topic is coupled with descriptive illustrations that creatively covers different aspects of adoption.
You can start reading it when your child is at an early age and it will be a book they can enjoy for many years.
My 7 year old daughter (whom we adopted as a newborn) read the book almost immediately after it arrived. She had a big smile on her face as she read it – and commented several times about how she thought it was an awesome book! She loved the pictures and I could tell how each page captured her attention. [...]
Posted on 26. Jan, 2014 by Tim.
In this episode of the Infant Adoption Guide Podcast, we chat with adoptive mom Lisa Hamilton. She shares her domestic infant adoption story.
This episode is all about how she started her family through domestic infant adoption. Lisa shares her heart, her love for her son, and a lot of detail about her story.
What you will learn about in this episode:
- Why Lisa decided on domestic infant adoption.
- How long she waited to be matched with her son’s birthmom.
- How she researched and chose an adoption agency. [...]
Posted on 16. Jan, 2014 by Tim.
The emotional ups and downs of the domestic infant adoption process can leave prospective adoptive parents feeling hopeless, discouraged and frustrated.
Going through the journey, it is so helpful to talk to someone who understands what we are experiencing. Friends and family can be supportive, but they don’t always understand the adoption roller coaster.
Getting a group of people together who share the experience of adoption can be a huge blessing.
They can help keep us focused on the path to building our family. It is a relief knowing we are not alone – there are others in our community who can provide the support we need.
So – what are these groups?
Local adoption support groups. They are lifelines for prospective adoptive parents – providing hope and inspiration to get us through our journey to parenthood.
There are lots of reasons why these groups play a BIG part in the adoption journey.
12 reasons why you need a local adoption support group:
- You get to talk directly to people who have been there (or are still going through the process). Get and give empathy and support – before, during & after placement.
- Get a regular dose of encouragement, inspiration, and hope to get through the ups & downs.
- Find out how others have found creative ways to: fund your adoption, connect with expectant mothers, etc. [...]
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. [...]
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 22. Jul, 2013 by Tim.
Today is a special day and this is a special post because I want to share a bit of my adoption story with you.
You see, as my wife and I started the domestic infant adoption journey over 7 years ago, we were already married for 12 years and we still weren’t parents.
Our dream when we were first married was to have at least three or four little ones. So after 12 years, we thought we’d have already have at least two kids (and so did a lot of our family and friends). But instead we struggled with infertility until we realized that God may have a different plan for our family.
Adoption was coming into view for us in 2005. It didn’t take us long to get on the same page about starting the adoption journey – and so we did back in early 2006.
We were so excited to start our journey. That excitement carried us through the countless hours we spent on the internet as well as buying up adoption books so we could learn all that we could as fast as we could.
But learning about how the whole adoption process works takes a lot of time.
We kept thinking there’s got to be an easier and quicker way to get this information. Especially since the adoption books we found usually dealt with every possible adoption situation, not just domestic infant adoption.
This made us feel totally overwhelmed.
Things became a little clearer because we quickly figured out that domestic infant adoption was the only way that we could adopt a newborn.
It would have saved us tons of time if we could have found a book or website with just newborn adoption information. So we had to sift through all of the adoption information to figure out what we needed to learn – and it took weeks and weeks.
In fact, it took us from January to April in 2006 to figure things out and to find the right adoption professional to help us. Once our home study and profile were completed, we waited nine months before our daughter was born and she was placed with us.
So why am I sharing this part of my story with you today? Because I think this might be similar to your story too and I want to help save you the countless hours that we spent at the start of our adoption journey.
I am working on some special projects that will go into more detail about the domestic infant adoption process. So for me to know exactly what you need, I would like you to take 2 minutes to answer a few questions. Your input will help me give you more focused answers to your domestic adoption questions.
Click the button below and it will take you to the adoption survey page. I really appreciate you taking the time to answer these questions.
Posted on 09. Jul, 2013 by Tim.
We visit with Monika – who is a birthmother and blogger. She shares her heart through her story and insights about being a birthmother in an open adoption.
Her blog is called Monika’s Musings at www.MusingMonika.com. She shares her story and passion for open adoption. She has been quoted in the new book “The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption” by Lori Holden and has begun working on her own book about open adoption.
I really enjoyed this interview – and I know you will too – because listening to Monika’s unique story gives us an opportunity to learn more about open adoption.
What you’ll learn about in this episode:
- How Monika found out she is a mother AFTER her baby was born.
- How Monika chose the adoptive parents for her baby girl.
- What her open adoption relationship is like with her daughter and the adoptive parents. CLICK HERE to read more
IAG 007: Adoption advertising and networking: An interview with Hal Kaufman of MyAdoptionAdvisor.com [Podcast]
Posted on 14. Jun, 2013 by Tim.
In this episode of the Infant Adoption Guide Podcast, we talk with Hal Kaufman about domestic adoption advertising, networking and use of the internet in your adoption journey.
Hal is an adoptive dad (two domestic infant adoptions) and the founder of MyAdoptionAdvisor.com. Since 2008, he has worked with hundreds of adopting parents who are pursuing domestic infant adoption, helping them connect with expectant parents.
After years of infertility and tragic losses, Hal and his wife were matched with each of their children’s birth families in just 4 months from the time they were approved to adopt. Through MyAdoptionAdvisor.com Hal brings his unique experiences and specially designed training to help you better understand the domestic adoption process, anticipate bumps in the road, and adopt more quickly.
Hal will help create your adoption website and profile. He can even run an online advertising campaign to drive relevant traffic to your website.
In this episode you’ll learn about:
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