Adoption Advocates Blog

To myself, I’m the activist. I work on campaigns, traveling around the country, telling my “personal story.” That’s what we call it. In Texas, I tell my story in the assembly room of a plumbers’ and pipefitters’ union hall. I talk to those assembled about the people who adopted my daughter. They are caring parents, […]

We all fall down

A panel of birth mothers recently shared how their views of themselves changed after placement. This is Amber’s story. There’s a stigma that people put on women when we have placed a child. When I’m asked how many children do I have, there is always the uncomfortable hesitation…..a pause… do I answer this? My brain races […]

Faith-based child welfare agencies in Texas may soon be granted the legal right to reject potential adoptive parents on religious grounds. If passed, House Bill 3859 could mean that Jews, Muslims, LGBT couples and single parents are denied the ability to provide loving, safe homes to children in the foster care system. The Texas House […]

Placement day and discharge from the hospital can be some of the hardest moments filled with so many emotions. This birth mother shares the 8 emotions she felt all in one day, maybe even within one moment. The most important of those was deep LOVE. Many of our open adoptions these days are between birth […]

The NY Times posted an enthralling account of a birth mother’s story of her decision to place her son for adoption and the beautiful and painful moments that are naturally intertwined in open adoption.  Her raw honesty is a reminder of what is actually endured by the loving mother who chooses a path for her […]