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Damien and Rita – Featured Family Post

2022-11-25T10:32:19-07:00November 25, 2022|Christian/Catholic Family, Closed Adoption, Married Couple, No Children, Open Adoption, Open to either gender, Purl Families, Semi-Open Adoption|

We are so excited to introduce you to this amazing, home study approved (and certified to adopt) Purl Family from Arizona: Damien and Rita! In this family, they laugh and love to the fullest. They enjoy good coffee, healthy eating, exploring the outdoors, traveling to new places and spending quality time together. They can't wait to share this love and experiences with a little one someday.

Featured Family – Camillia

2022-11-23T17:09:45-07:00November 23, 2022|Hispanic/Latino Family, No Children, Open Adoption, Open to any race, Open to either gender, Purl Families, Single Mother, Transracial Adoption|

We are so excited to introduce you to this amazing, home study approved Purl Mama from California: Camillia! She has always known that she was meant to be a mother, as she loves to take care of everyone around her. Since Camillia was not able to have a child of her own, it fills her heart to think about sharing her life with a child who’s birth parent has chosen her to nurture their life. A single mom by choice, she can't wait to love and share a life with a child (and also with her dog, Riley). To learn more about her or contact her directly, click here.

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Adult Adoptee Shares Her Raw Story

2022-11-10T16:04:45-07:00November 10, 2022|Adoption Education, Adoption is Hard, Adoption Perspectives, Domestic infant adoption, Hoping to Adopt, Infertility, Learn, Open Adoption (Learn)|

Today's blog post is written by a guest writer, Cathee Zimmerman Cooper, an adult adoptee from a closed adoption, who shares with us her experience as an adoptee and the advice she has for those who are parenting children through adoption. — About Me Hello, my name is Cathee, and ...

Being Chosen and Next Steps

2022-11-22T15:29:01-07:00November 23, 2022|Adoption Advisor/Consultant, Adoption Education, Adoption Perspectives, Adoption Process, Domestic infant adoption, Learn|

You get chosen by an expectant family considering adoption for their child! Such amazing news and one of the major milestones in the domestic adoption journey. Many families have long waits and MANY presentations before they get to this point. But what is next? And what does being chosen really mean? Being chosen just means that you are one step closer to a child, and while it is a major milestone, that child may never actually be yours. Click here to read more about what happens after a match, and what NOT to do when you are chosen by an expectant parent whose baby isn’t expected for a bit.

Empathy and Care for Expectant Mothers

2022-11-14T17:41:29-07:00November 14, 2022|Adoption Education, Adoption Perspectives, Domestic infant adoption, Learn|

I’ve heard of a few circumstances lately where prospective adoptive parents act entitled to the child they have been chosen for, both before and after the birth of the child, but before consents are signed. This is one area I feel like prospective adoptive parents pursuing domestic infant adoption need the most education on - the respect and love that is required for any expectant mother they come into contact with in their adoption journey, and ultimately for the birth mother for their child.

Adoption Costs Today

2022-11-08T12:46:15-07:00November 8, 2022|Adoption Advisor/Consultant, Adoption Education, Adoption Grants, Adoption Home Study, Adoption Outreach, Adoption Process, Funding Your Adoption, Learn|

Are you considering adoption, but are unsure of the various costs you may incur in order to adopt? The costs you might see in a domestic infant adoption will vary considerably depending on the type of adoption (private/independent, attorney, or agency adoption) and the state from which you are adopting. The adoption professionals recommended by Purl typically have adoption opportunities with total costs (including home study related costs) ranging between $8,000 and $50,000, with the majority falling between $25,000 and $37,000. In this article, we break down the types of costs prospective adoptive parents may incur during their adoption journey.

How The Adoption Profile is Used in An Adoption Journey

2022-11-14T11:19:51-07:00November 14, 2022|Adoption Advisor/Consultant, Adoption Education, Adoption Outreach, Adoption Process, Adoption Profile, Domestic infant adoption, Learn|

Recently, I watched the Red Table Talk where Jada Pinkett Smith and her mother, Adrienne Banfield Norris, hosted former Sex and the City star Kristin Davis for a talk about transracial adoption. I really enjoyed this podcast and think it can help many families considering transracial adoption (I look forward to including a post just about transracial adoption soon). However, one thing I found really interesting about this podcast was that both Jada and her mom were very surprised that the birth mothers for Kristin’s two African American children had actually chosen Kristin to raise their babies. That made me realize that there are probably many other people that don’t understand the domestic adoption process, and that it might help to educate about how adoptive parents are typically chosen - usually through the use of an adoption profile. To read more, click here.

The All-Important Adoption Profile

2022-11-08T12:40:29-07:00November 8, 2022|Adoption Advisor/Consultant, Adoption Education, Adoption Outreach, Adoption Process, Adoption Profile, Domestic infant adoption, Learn|

The Adoption Profile is one of the most important parts of the domestic adoption process! Why? Because it is typically how you are chosen by an expectant mom, or expectant parents, choosing adoption for their child. It can be difficult for expectant parents to interview or speak with numerous prospective adoptive families when making this decision, but still want to make the right choice for their child. So adoption profiles typically tell a prospective adoptive family’s story in a scrapbook-type manner, allowing expectant families to consider many different families more quickly as they make an adoption plan. Click here to read more about the adoption profile, how it is used in the domestic adoption process, and tips to create a great one!

Adoption Preferences In Your Journey

2022-11-17T15:04:56-07:00November 19, 2022|Adoption Advisor/Consultant, Adoption Education, Adoption Home Study, Adoption Process, Domestic infant adoption, Drug/Alcohol Exposure, Learn, Open Adoption (Learn), Transracial Adoption (Learn)|

The domestic adoption process is so awkward in that you are essentially saying yes or no to a child. Sometimes you are doing it just by setting preferences in your adoption, but sometimes you’re actually reviewing a summary of an adoption opportunity and saying yes or no as to whether to present your family profile to the expectant family considering adoption for that child. When prospective adoptive parents start to consider their adoption preferences, many have no idea what they should say when adoption professionals ask what types of circumstances they would consider. Here are just a few of the things you should research and educate yourself on as you determine your adoption preferences, as well as some resources for helping you navigate these difficult decisions.

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