What is a Dossier?

What is a Dossier?

We’ve been following along with Evan and Ashley as they navigate the adoption journey. They decided to start writing about their process when they realized they received lots of the same questions. We’ll be hearing more from Evan and Ashley over the next few months, as they answer the frequently asked questions they encounter. Today,…

Why Your Child Needs You to Engage in Ethics When Adopting

Ten years ago, I was in a very different place.  We had begun the adoption process for the first time, and my type-A self had one goal:  get a baby ASAP. I had been through the proverbial ringer.  A mysterious year-and-a-half long illness resulted in a near-death experience and the diagnosis of an autoimmune disease….

Positive Adoption Language: The Legacy of Marietta Spencer

If I asked you what you know about Marietta Spencer, you would most likely meet me with a blank stare.  Understandably so.   It’s not her name you will recognize, but her words. Marietta wasn’t just a ninety-five year old former social worker who recently passed away.  No,  Marietta Spencer changed the adoption world for the…

Grace and Struggle: a Chat with Sandy Ujfalusy, Part 2

Today we continue our interview with Sandy Ujfalusy, as she reflects on the beauty and imperfections of the adoption journey. What kinds of conversations do you have with Chloe about adoption? This could be a blog conversation all on its own! Our goal from day one has been to talk openly and proudly about her…

12 Years Later: a Chat with Sandy Ujfalusy, Part 1

This week we are continuing our storytelling journey with an interview with Sandy Ujfalusy. Sandy reflects on her family’s international adoption journey over the last twelve years, and shares how she has encountered grace and compassion along the way. For readers who don’t you yet, can you start out with a “big picture’ sketch of…

Goodness in Purpose: Adoption and Down Syndrome

We’re privileged to tell Caitlin and Nate’s continuing story on today’s blog. Caitlin Smith writes about their journey to Down Syndrome adoption, from brokenness to redemption.   “And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 This has…

Transracial Adoption: A Chat with Kelly Lang

Continuing our conversation about transracial adoption, we are chatting with Kelly Lang, adoptive mama, teacher, and advocate for understanding and fostering diversity in our homes and communities. Kelly talks about the choices they’ve made and the lessons they’ve learned as a transracial family. For some of our community who don’t know you, could you tell…

What It’s Really Like to be in a Transracial, Adoptive Family

When my husband and I agreed that adoption would be the route we took to build our family, we swiftly agreed to be open to transracial adoption.  After all, I had a cousin adopted from Guatemala, and we had several multiracial (adoptive) families in our church.  We had a support system and some knowledge, and…

Risk, Fear, and Paperwork: The Adoption Journey with Evan Dlugosz

Fear crept through my body the instant we signed the contract with the adoption agency. The reluctance, caution, trepidation, and excitement swirled together and hit me like a tidal wave.  The risk of the unknown was way too much for my conservative nature. Back in our dating days, Ashley and I knew that we were…

Listening to Adoptees: A Chat with Britta Hoffman

Last time on the blog, Hannah Eloge of Kindred and Co encouraged our community to listen to birth moms, expectant parents, and adoptees. That’s why we’re especially excited to share today’s blog. This month we sat down with Britta Hoffman, one of the Storytellers of our adoption community. Britta chatted with us about her experience…

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