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National Adoption Month: Q is for…

National Adoption Month: Q is for…

#NationalAdoptionAwareness Month. Q is for #Quick   How does the word Quick relate to adoption? Individuals who are in the adoption world wish and hope that the process of #planning, #waiting, #choosing and #laboring are all things that will be quick and painless. But #adoption is something that is NOT quick for many individuals. Prospective Adoptive parents are told once their home study has been approved to have a bedroom/nursery ready because they will never know when they will get…

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National Adoption Month: O is for…

National Adoption Month: O is for…

#NationalAdoptionAwareness Month. O is for #Open Adoption & Family Services Open Adoption & Family Services (OAFS) is the agency that I chose to work with for placement of Lil Miss. OAFS is in Portland, Oregon but has locations in Eugene, Seattle and was the first agency in Oregon to offer fully open adoptions back in the mid-1980s. I chose to work with OAFS because of how they treated me with the first contact I ever made with them. The counselor…

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National Adoption Month: N is for…

National Adoption Month: N is for…

#NationalAdoptionAwareness Month. N is for #New When it comes to being a birthparent, I have always had some anxiety when it came to meeting new people who do not know my adoption journey. I mean, what do you say when someone asks if you have kids? This is something I have always struggled with and have responded different ways. Sometimes I will say, “Yes, I do and she is <enter age>.” I then try to move the conversation to something…

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National Adoption Month: M is for…

National Adoption Month: M is for…

#NationalAdoptionAwareness Month. M is for #Mentoring After the placement of Lil Miss, I became very involved with Birthmom Buds. One area of Birthmom Buds that I became actively involved in was their Pre/Post Placement Mentoring. Over the years I have mentored a number women who were considering adoption. I was there to answer questions, validate feelings, and to support these women. It is important for women who are considering an adoption plan to have the positive support from others. There…

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National Adoption Month: L is for…

National Adoption Month: L is for…

#NationalAdoptionAwareness Month. L is for #Lil-Miss Lil Miss is a nickname that I used while I was pregnant. I didn’t want to use a formal name while pregnant due to 1) not knowing what her name would be and 2) not wanting to get too attached. Lil Miss has just stuck and to keep her real name off social media I typically will still use Lil Miss. How did I come up with this nickname?? It is difficult to remember…

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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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