Honoring the Spirit of the Adoption Decision

Honoring the Spirit of the Adoption Decision

I never thought that I’d deliver a child biologically. As a little girl, I can remember saying, “I’m just going to adopt them all.” By “all” I was referring to the orphaned children of the world. Even at a young age, I had a heart broken wide-open for kids without families. I guess that’s not…

Adoption is a Muddy Road: Equality and Justice in a Transracial Family

Adoption is a muddy road. I’ve said those words so many times. So many look at our family, made up of the white dad and white mom and three little black sons, and inevitably ask… “What’s it like?” Depending on my mood and the time allotted on the clock, sometimes I say, “It’s great!” But,…

Open Adoption

It’s been a decade and four adoptions, and still open adoption can be perplexing. Perhaps you know what I mean. Adoption agencies boast that open adoption is the way to go.  They encourage openness, touting it as a joyous, loving, simple choice that fosters peace, harmony, and connectivity.  But what is open adoption, really, and…

Adoption: A Birth Mother’s Story

Dear Adopt a Love Story community, Today we are incredibly grateful to start a new blog series with Ashley Mitchell, writer, speaker, and adoption advocate. With her compassionate and articulate voice, Ashley starts powerfully honest conversations from her perspective as a birth mom. Today, Ashley is sharing the beginning of her story. — Disclaimer:  This…

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….

Our Words Matter: Positive Adoption Language

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…

China Adoption, 12 Years Later

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…

Honoring Diversity in Transracial Adoption

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…

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