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IAG 031: Transracial adoption with Rachel Garlinghouse

Posted on 04. Mar, 2015 by .


Have thought about or considered adopting a baby from a different race? Are you prepared?

Transracial adoption can be an amazing journey that can still sometimes having you feel alone and unsure of what to do. This episode’s special guest is Rachel Garlinghouse, who is an adoptive mom of three. She and her husband have adopted all three of their children from the U.S. and all are of a different race than their own.

Rachel is a gifted author and loves to share her passion for transracial adoption. Through her experience, she says “I believe adoption is complicated, intricate, evolving, and bittersweet.”

Rachel doesn’t believe transracial adoption is for everyone, nor should anyone enter into it lightly. Her prayer is to help open hearts and minds so families will better understand and consider transracial adoption.

If you are new to adoption or you are already an adoptive parent, this interview with Rachel will increase your understanding and appreciation for transracial adoption.

Rachel is the author of several books. Her most popular one so far is called Come Rain or Come Shine: A White Parent’s Guide to Adopting and Parenting Black Children

This is an excellent book that will help you understand transracial adoption. She covers a lot of ground – from just getting started and preparing to adopt transracially – through parenting and raising children of a different race – to navigating open adoption, handling racism, and finding the support you and your children need.

What you will learn about in this episode:

  • Rachel tells her family’s incredible adoption story.
  • She shares her heart about what it is like to raise children of a different race.
  • She will explain why she wrote the book Come Rain or Come Shine.
  • Find out the most important things you need to know about transracial adoption.
  • Hear about Rachel’s newest project – a devotional/journal book called “Encouragement for the Adoption & Parenting Journey” which will be released soon! 

Links we talk about in this episode:

WhiteSugarBrownSugar.com – Rachel’s amazing blog where she writes about her experiences (and you can find her books).
Follow Rachel on her Facebook page: WhiteSugarBrownSugar
Come Rain or Come Shine: A White Parent’s Guide to Adopting and Parenting Black Children - Rachel’s popular book.
Encouragement for the Adoption & Parenting Journey - Rachel co-wrote this with Madeleine Melcher (adoptive mom and adoptee).

InfantAdoptionGuide.com/welcome – check out my 4 FREE ebooks to help you adopt faster, safer, and cheaper. 
AdoptionProfileVideo.com – my new site that will give you a step-by-step guide to create your adoption profile video.


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Celebrate National Adoption Month during November!

Posted on 07. Nov, 2014 by .


That’s right! November is National Adoption Month. What does that mean? It is a time to celebrate and create awareness for adoption in the U.S.Celebrate

National Adoption Month started in 1995. Since then, every November a Presidential Proclamation launches activities and celebrations to help build awareness of adoption throughout the nation. Thousands of community organizations arrange and host programs, events, and activities to share positive adoption stories.

So what are we doing here on InfantAdoptionGuide.com to celebrate?

During the month of November 2014 only, I’ve teamed up with several adoption authors and advocates to help inspire and encourage you on your adoption journey. The following adoption books have had their price dropped to a mere 99 CENTS during November!

Here they are along with easy links for you to go check them out.

Remember – these are only available at 99 cents during November – National Adoption Month!

Get them now while they are on SALE! Enjoy!

7 Steps To Domestic Infant Adoption99  by Tim Elder. Yep, this is my book filled with parts of my adoption story along with resources, inspiration, and hope for your domestic adoption journey.




The Eye of Adoption by Jody Dyer. In my opinion, EVERY hopeful adoptive parent should read this. It is Jody’s story about how she and her husband adopted a newborn in an open adoption. Click here to listen to the interview I did with Jody about her story and book.


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Adopting a 3rd time – our latest adoption journey

Posted on 25. Oct, 2014 by .


If you’ve followed my story about how I became a dad and how my wife and I adopted our daughter in 2007 and our son in 2012, you know the road to building our family has been an amazing and wild ride.journey to our 3rd adoption

Our experiences have inspired me to help other hopeful adoptive families through InfantAdoptionGuide.com and the Infant Adoption Guide Podcast. I’ve recorded a podcast episode about our journey so if you’d like to listen to how we’ve made it through our first two adoptions, check out episode 12.

The big news for our family is that we are adopting again! 

My hope and prayer is that our adoption stories will inspire and help you in your adoption journey.

Excited (and anxious) for adoption #3

Just like any family who are “expecting” to add to their family, my wife and I are super excited to adopt again. We are also a bit nervous and anxious.

It may surprise you that we are nervous after adopting twice, but that’s the thing with domestic infant adoption – every story is unique and there are no guarantees. You just don’t know how the whole thing is going to play out.

What do I mean by this? There could be a failed match (or more than one) with an expectant mother, where we may be invested emotionally and/or financially only to start over with waiting for the right match. 

After two successful adoptions, we know how we would like it to go. We know what it takes to build our family, but we also know it can be a roller coaster ride.

Where we are right now in our journey

We decided to work again with our friends at Lifetime Adoption Center, just as we have on our first two adoptions. They are great and we are comfortable with them. We know what we get and they do what they say they will do so we trust them. We feel that Lifetime will minimize our risk of a failed match or failed placement.

Here’s our TO-DO list: […]

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IAG 023: An infant adoption story with Jake Stewart

Posted on 30. Jul, 2014 by .


Can you imagine your first adoption taking 10 days? In this episode you’ll hear how that happened for Jake Stewart. He and his wife have adopted twice – both newborns.

Jake Stewart familyAdoption stories are inspiring and can provide hope on our own journey. Jake will tell the stories about how his children became part of their family. The photo above is with Jake and his family – including both of this kids’ birthmoms.  

What you will learn about in this episode:

  • How Jake and his wife adopted their two kids – one within 10 days and one within a few months.
  • What open adoption means to Jake and his family.
  • Tips from a guy’s perspective about how to get on board with the adoption process.
  • How Jake and his family had both of their children’s birthmoms stay at their house – on the same weekend.


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3 flights, 33 hours and 9,000 miles to become an adoptive dad

Posted on 19. Jun, 2014 by .


The following is a guest post from Darin Moss. He shares his incredible story of how he and his wife recently adopted a little boy and how he was able to celebrate Father’s Day in a special way. Enjoy!

Darin with his wife and newly adopted son

I’m sleep deprived…

I go days without a shave…

I’ve been pooped on, peed on, spit up on, and screamed at… And that’s just in one afternoon…

And I’m the happiest I’ve ever been…

I’m the new dad of a 14 week old little boy. 

After nearly two years with our adoption agency awaiting “The Call”, the daily anxious anticipation was gone, the frantic checking of caller ID with every phone call had stopped long ago, and the cool factor of the adoption wait had long since worn off.   […]

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IAG 021: My Adoption Storybook with adoptive dad Keith Miller

Posted on 29. May, 2014 by .


In this episode, we talk with adoptive dad Keith Miller – the creator of My Adoption Storybook.

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Over the past few years, my wife and I have bought several children’s books about adoption that we have read to our little ones. We like the books because they help us tell our kids about adoption.

The problem with most of these books is that they tell someone else’s story. Every adoptive family has their own story to tell. Our two kids definitely have their own stories.

It would be so nice to read the storybook of how our kids became part of our family – maybe even with their own name in the book!

That is the idea Keith had when creating My Adoption Storybook.

This book is so different than anything I’ve seen before. It lets you customize and personalize it to tell your child’s adoption story – including your child’s name, your photos and text. The book is filled with wonderful illustrations that work perfectly with your story. […]

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IAG 019: How to create a successful adoption profile with Madeleine Melcher [podcast]

Posted on 01. May, 2014 by .



When it comes to your adoption profile, everything you include should paint a picture of the life you wish to share.  Madeleine Melcher

In domestic infant adoption, the most important tool you have to help you get a quick match with an expectant mother is your adoption profile. Recently I wrote an article showing you 9 places to get your profile professionally designed.

9 Adoption Profile Design & Creation Services

On this episode of the Infant Adoption Guide Podcast, we chat with Madeleine Melcher – one of the designers from that article. She has a very unique perspective in the adoption world. She is an adoptee and also an adoptive mom of three.

Madeleine’s website is OurJourneyToYouAdoption.com – which is dedicated to designing adoption profiles. She has helped lots of hopeful adoptive parents since 2005. Her unique designs have led some of her clients to be chosen within a few days after they’ve completed their profiles and were being presented to expectant parents.

Her latest book How to Create a Successful Adoption Portfolio: Easy Steps to Help You Produce the Best Adoption Profile and Prospective Birthparent Letter, was just released in 2014. She shares the secrets she has discovered over years of creating successful portfolios, profiles and prospective birth parent letters. […]

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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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