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IAG 014: A domestic infant adoption story with adoptive mom Lisa Hamilton

Posted on 26. Jan, 2014 by .


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In this episode of the Infant Adoption Guide Podcast, we chat with adoptive mom Lisa Hamilton. She shares her domestic infant adoption story.

Lisa is an adoptive mother, master’s runner, and happiness junkie. She adopted her son as a newborn in 2010.Lisa Hamilton running for IAG 014

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. [...]

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IAG013: ParentMatch.com Founder Lori Ingber

Posted on 10. Jan, 2014 by .


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Have you ever thought about working with multiple adoption agencies to help speed up the time it takes to connect with a potential birthmother? Maybe you are frustrated with waiting and you want to work with other agencies. This is where ParentMatch.com can help.ParentMatch.com

In this episode of the Infant Adoption Guide Podcast, we chat with Dr. Lori Ingber, the Founder of ParentMatch.com – which helps match hopeful adoptive parents with expectant parents by connecting adoption agencies and attorneys all throughout the country.

Dr. Ingber is a mother of four children – two of which were adopted. She launched ParentMatch in 2008 after her sister’s interesting journey to add to their family through domestic infant adoption.

ParentMatch is NOT an agency or facilitator. It is an independent adoption resource that allows adoption professionals with domestic adoption programs to network with one another in a secure, confidential manner. This means agencies and attorneys can pull together nationwide to match children quickly with the best family available…YOU.

No matter where you are in your adoption journey, this episode is for you. You’d love to shorten the adoption wait, right? Me too!

What you will learn about in this episode:

  • Why Dr. Ingber decided to create ParentMatch.
  • You’ll hear why her sister’s amazing adoption story inspired the creation of ParentMatch.
  • How ParentMatch works – what the benefits are for you and for your adoption professional.
  • Why ParentMatch is FREE for adoptive families. [...]

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IAG012: My Personal Adoption Story Through Two Domestic Infant Adoptions [Podcast]

Posted on 10. Dec, 2013 by .


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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. 

We brought home our beautiful little girl in 2007 and our handsome little boy in 2012. Both adoptions had challenges, both are open adoptions, and both of our children weren’t born in our home state.myadoptionstorypic

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.

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IAG011: Adoption Book Review: Interview With Adoptive Mom Deanna Kahler – Author of From Pain To Parenthood

Posted on 19. Nov, 2013 by .


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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.From Pain to Parenthood by Deanna Kahler

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 AmazonNo matter where you are in the process, this is an adoption book you have to read.

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November is National Adoption Month! Celebrate with FREE Adoption Books!

Posted on 28. Oct, 2013 by .


In honor of National Adoption Month in November, several top-rated adoption authors have teamed up to bring awareness, inspiration, and support for adoption.natl adoption month image

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

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Each book listed below will be available to download for free only during the dates listed next to the book. [...]

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IAG009: Adoption book review – an interview with Jody Dyer – Author of The Eye of Adoption [Podcast]

Posted on 15. Aug, 2013 by .


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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.

Eye of Adoption BookJody 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)!

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Sharing my adoption story…and I have some questions for you.

Posted on 22. Jul, 2013 by .


Today is a special day and this is a special post because I want to share a bit of my adoption story with you.IMG_5495

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.

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IAG008: An adoption story with Monika – a birthmother and adoption blogger [Podcast]

Posted on 09. Jul, 2013 by .


On this episode, we welcome the very first birthmother to the Infant Adoption Guide Podcast!
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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.

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Her blog is called Monika’s Musings at www.MusingMonika.comShe 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

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IAG 007: Adoption advertising and networking: An interview with Hal Kaufman of MyAdoptionAdvisor.com [Podcast]

Posted on 14. Jun, 2013 by .


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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 Kaufman family of MyAdoptionAdvisor 300x211

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. 


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Adoption Book Review: My Paper Pregnancy Journal PLUS 5 reasons you should write down your adoption story

Posted on 27. May, 2013 by .


Have you thought about how you could write down your adoption story?

Delana H. Stewart, author of the adoption book Nine Year Pregnancy, has put together My Paper Pregnancy Journal – which is full of prompts, quotes, inspiration, and plenty of space to write about your adoption journey.My Paper Pregnancy Journal book cover

When my wife and I went through our two domestic adoptions, we wrote down lots of milestones and captured our thoughts – but usually in a day planner or on the computer. While we did a good job writing down all of the important things, we could have used My Paper Pregnancy Journal to help us organize our thoughts.

Before I get into my review of My Paper Pregnancy Journal – I want to give you my 5 reasons why should you write down your adoption story.

1. Remember the details (the small stuff)

Writing your story down as you live through it – or even shortly after – will help you remember those little details that may seem insignificant at the time, but are gems that you can fondly look back on. Months after our first adoption story, I was surprised how many little details I forgot until I went back and read them.

2. Relieve stress (also known as: vent!) 

The adoption process can be a roller coaster ride – all of the ups and downs can get you stressed out. So it is far better to write it all out than to suffer a headache from banging it into a wall (maybe just a little overdramatic – but not much). 

3. Keep track of important dates   

When you decided to adopt – when you began your homestudy – the day you were matched…writing down the date and even the time (like when you got “the call”) will help you remember exactly when these important events happened.

4. Recall (and tell) important stories

Stories about how you made it through each step will be very valuable later on – when you can share them with your child. You are bound to have some special stories – some fun ones and maybe some kinda painful ones. These are what your child will want to hear about when you tell their adoption story.

5. Great way to stop, think, and reflect

When my wife and I were writing down our thoughts and experiences during our adoption journeys, it allowed us to talk about the events as they happened. This is particularly important during the days when you first meet the birthparents or the first day you meet your child. My Paper Pregnancy Journal is filled with great questions and thoughts to help you reflect and write about your story.

My Paper Pregnancy Journal uniquely uses the stages of pregnancy to help you go through your adoption journey:

First Trimester:

  • Conception (when your adoption journey begins)
  • Expecting (when you are researching what kind of adoption you want to pursue)
  • Heartbeat (begin to wait)

Second Trimester:

  • False contractions (bumps in the road and setbacks – anything that causes you to worry or grieve)
  • Bed Rest (if you have a long wait time)

Third Trimester:

  • Contractions (you are matched!)
  • Labor (final waiting time – for placement)
  • Delivery (placement – bring your baby home!)

The journal concludes with a section called Being a Parent that helps you chronicle a lot of your child’s “firsts”. Finally, the appendix has some questions for you to consider before adopting along with challenges you may face after adopting.

I love how Delana puts in some extra things into the journal including: well timed verses and quotes, recommended adoption books, and parts of her own adoption story as she writes in her book Nine Year Pregnancy.

I recommend getting both her of books – My Paper Pregnancy Journal and Nine Year Pregnancy

As you take the time to detail every part of your adoption story, you will write about the good and the bad days – maybe even have a few tear stained pages.

The journal will ultimately be a treasure for you and your family. It will show your child how very, very much they were wanted. 

QUESTION FOR YOU:  Have you written your adoption story into a journal?  Let us know by clicking here and entering your comments below.

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