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National Adoption Month: K is for…

National Adoption Month: K is for…

#NationalAdoptionAwareness Month. K is for #Kinds of Adoption When a birthmother is beginning her placement journey, she is first asked what type of adoption is she looking for, as there are different types of adoptions. The three most common are Open Adoption, Semi-Open, and Closed. Open adoption is when the birthmother choses the future parents of her child and can receive pictures, phone calls, facetime, emails, and visitations with the placed child. Semi-Open Adoptions are adoptions where the birthmother has…

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National Adoption Month: J is for…

National Adoption Month: J is for…

#NationalAdoptionAwareness Month. J is for #Journaling. Journaling is something that I have done off and on since I was in fourth grade. It was a way for me to release thoughts and feelings or to write “I love <enter boy of the moment name>” on a whole page. One of the gifts that Lil Misses adoptive parents gave me was a journal, which I was super excited about. For the past 13 years, I have written off and on in…

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National Adoption Month: I is for…

National Adoption Month: I is for…

#NationalAdoptionAwareness Month. I is for #Internship. While going to school for my two social work degrees (BSW & MSW), I was expected to complete a total of three years of Field Education (aka an internship). My final year of my undergrad education, I was adamant that I would intern in some type of adoption agency setting. I was lucky enough to experience a year-long internship my final year at Cleveland State University at Adoption Network Cleveland (ANC). ANC is a…

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National Adoption Month: H is also for…

National Adoption Month: H is also for…

#NationalAdoptionAwareness Month. H is also for #Hospital Hospitals are difficult for me, especially if it is the Labor and Delivery Wing. Other Birthmom friends also have difficult time going to the hospital, as it is sometimes the last place that they saw their child. It is not natural to carry a baby for 9 months, check into a labor and delivery wing, be in labor for 17+ hours, spend 2 days with a newborn and then discharge without taking that…

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National Adoption Month: H is for…

National Adoption Month: H is for…

#NationalAdoptionAwareness Month. H is for #Holidays. So how do you get through the holidays if you are part of an adoption agreement? I created my own traditions for the holidays. For the longest time, I purchased two of the same tree ornaments: 1 for me and 1 to gift to Lil Miss. When I put my tree up, I always look forward to hanging my ornaments up on the tree. Each one that I unwrap that is one that I…

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National Adoption Month: G is also for…

National Adoption Month: G is also for…

November is #NationalAdoptionAwareness Month. G is also for: #Grief Being a birth mom, I can not skip over the topic of Grief. Grief is something that comes with the adoption journey. I belief it is a grief that is different than of someone passing away or having to process a miscarriage. It is actually difficult for me to describe. My friend Tammie pretty much nailed the feeling of grief when helping me process the first couple of weeks after coming…

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National Adoption Month: G is for…

National Adoption Month: G is for…

#NationalAdoptionAwareness Month G is for: Girlfriends in adoption Just after my placement was completed…or it could have been a couple months before placement, I became involved with an organization, Birthmom Buds. It is an online organization that provides support to birth moms of all ages. Within this organization I have a circle of girlfriends who I love dearly. We all understand how each is feeling as we have been down each road or can relate to the things each one…

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National Adoption Month: F is also for…

National Adoption Month: F is also for…

#NationalAdoptionAwarenessMonth F is also for #Fears and/or Questioning. When it comes to Adoption, you can not talk about the word Fear. Fear is an emotion that everyone faces, and it acceptable to have the fears when going through an adoption process or after the adoption has been finalized. Fears are normal for Birth parents, Adoptive Parents, and even Adoptees. Here are just a few that are normal for each side if the triad…. Fears from a birth parent: Will the…

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National Adoption Month: F is for…

National Adoption Month: F is for…

#NationalAdoptionAwarenessMonth F is for: #Family When one thinks about adoption, then one may automatically think of #Family, completing a family, starting a family, adding to a family, extended family and so on. My immediate family was very supportive in whatever I chose to do which ultimately was allowing a couple create their family. My daughter has two families. Her biological family and her adoptive family. She is at the age in school where they are beginning to look at family…

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National Adoption Month: E is for…

National Adoption Month: E is for…

 #NationalAdoptionAwareness Month. E is for #Excuse Me, You Said What? It was hard to think about what to use for the letter ‘E’. So I thought of a statement that I have said many times in my head in the past 13+ years “Excuse Me, You Said What?”, when people started learned about my choice to place rather than parent. I feel that birth-mothers take the brunt of the negative, derogatory, and rude statements when it comes to the adoption…

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