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a blog by Claire, April 8, 2013
In an interview with the Today show on Tuesday, actress Nia Vardola discussed her journey through infertility and adoption, and aspirations to become an advocate for adoption education.
Known for her role in the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Vardola has recently embarked on a mission to become a spokesperson for adoption, which includes authoring her first publication. Her new book not only highlights references and resources for pursuing adoption, but also details the process Vardola and her husband went through leading up to the homecoming of their adopted daughter in 2008. Vardola underwent thirteen cycles of in vitro fertilization (IVF) before deciding to move on to adoption.
a blog by Claire, March 16, 2013
What do The Little Couple and Jennifer Love Hewitt have in common? They're in this week's fertility news.
We’ve come to learn that Dr. Jennifer Arnold and husband Bill Klein, known for their show The Little Couple, are going to be parents through adoption. Last year Arnold and Klein worked with a surrogate to become parents, but were devastated by the news that she had miscarried.
a blog by lashaundra, September 20, 2012
Adoption is a wonderful journey many have chose to take. Adoptive parents are overjoyed to have the honor of adopting a child. Like most parents, adoptive parents are protective of their children. While open adoption is a wonderful aspect of adoption, all adoptions are not open. Some are semi-open, meaning there is limited contact between the birth family and adoptive families. While some adoptions in 2012 are closed. Where there is no contact or exchange of information between the birth family and adoptive family. It's a personal choice. Adoptive parents also have the concern of waiting until the time is right to share their child's birth story with their child. Some adoptive children always know they are adopted. Some adoptive parents may wait until the child is older and have "the talk" with them. While others may learn in different ways. There is no right and wrong way. It's whatever is best for the child and their family. Once the child is familiar with their birth story, it is up to him or her whether or not they share their story with friends, classmates, and acquaintances. It's just that, "their story," to cherish privately, or share with others.
a blog by Melinda Davis, February 13, 2011
My husband and I began exploring adoption a few years ago. We had gone through fertility treatments, and had been told the only way we would become parents was through adoption. I remember being amazed at how my once closed mind to adoption had quickly opened, and I began to imagine an exciting journey to find our child.
We began looking into international adoption, and just as we thought we felt the Lord was leading us to a certain country He quickly closed the door. We didn’t meet the country’s age requirements, and it would be another year before we could even begin the application process. We decided to wait until we were of proper age, but when that time came, we found that the process had changed, and we no longer had the peace we once felt.
a blog by Ellen Glazer, July 21, 2011
To read more of Ellen Glazer's Conversations with an Infertility Counselor blogs, CLICK HERE.
When I first met Abby and Tom, they were going through in vitro fertilization (IVF). That was about 15 years ago. We met again about eight years later. Or I should say, I bumped into them. They live near me, and we saw each other in CVS. When I spotted them, I wondered if they had ever had or adopted children, but I wasn’t quite sure how to approach the topic — if at all.
Abby made it easy. “We decided not to have children, “ she said. “We’re OK. with it. We’re both liking our jobs, and we recently ran a marathon together.”
a blog by Ellen Glazer, July 14, 2011
To read more of Ellen Glazer's Conversations with an Infertility Counselor blogs, CLICK HERE.
When I first met Jessica, she had just learned that her third in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle had failed. She was 40 years old, her doctor was pushing “the egg donor conversation” and she was feeling pretty defeated. “I know infertility is hard for anyone going through it but it is especially hard for me,” Jessica said. I had heard that phrase before, but I was surprised by what followed. “I had a baby once. I placed him for adoption when I was 20. I never thought getting pregnant would be a problem.”
a blog by Melinda Davis, July 13, 2011
To read more of Melinda Davis' Fresh Conceptions blogs, CLICK HERE.
I find myself considering adoption more and more. My husband and I still aren’t sure if we were meant to venture down this road, and there are still many questions that remain unanswered.
a blog by Ellen Glazer, June 23, 2011
When I first met Joy, her name did not fit: she was anything but joyful. Joy was 44 at the time and painfully single. A very attractive woman with a quick wit, Joy looked like the kind of woman who would have no trouble attracting men. Indeed, she confirmed this — over the years she had had countless eager dates.
a blog by Ellen Glazer, May 12, 2011
I received a call this week from a woman who has been waiting to adopt for about 11 months. In my experience, 11 months is on the long side of an adoption wait, but by no means unheard of. My guess is that my former client and her husband will get a call in the coming weeks or, perhaps, months, and they will finally be parents. However, the waiting mom said something during our call that bothered me. She said, “But they said I could ‘always adopt’ — that it would be for sure.”
a blog by Ellen Glazer, February 16, 2011
Thirty years ago I was waiting for a call. And this past January, I was, again, waiting for a call. I am fascinated by how different the two experiences were, especially since they are so closely connected.
Thirty years ago my husband and I were waiting for an adoption call. We had applied to adopt about six months before and knew that a call about a baby could come “anytime.” That said, as I remember it, there was a sense of unreality about the wait. I knew the words, “we could get a call anytime,” but I was disconnected from them. In some ways I assumed that call would never come. Then one Sunday morning, the phone rang, the call came, the baby was here, and we had a daughter.
a blog by Ellen Glazer, October 21, 2010
These very words set off an alarm in people going through infertility and beginning to contemplate adoption. There is the worry that if they move on to adoption, they will never be “real” parents. Instead, they fear, they will be forever sharing parenthood with the birth parents.
a blog by Ellen Glazer, October 7, 2010
I can easily remember a time when couples struggled with infertility for a year or so and then moved on to adoption. While this sometimes meant that people were adopting with unresolved grief over their infertility, it also meant that adoption wasn’t seen as some distant “booby prize” for those who were not able to triumph in their battle with infertility. Adoption seemed to be a natural “next step” and one that folks took without feeling defeated, diminished or “like failures.”
a blog by Mikki Morrisette, April 30, 2010
Congratulations on your adoption of Louis Bardo Bullock! Just so you know, you are in amazing company, becoming a Choice Mom.
Tens of thousands of single women make the decision every year to build a family without a partner. A growing number of them -- as I hear from the membership requests to my private Choice Mom discussion board -- are leaving relationships with partners who don't want to be parents, or who are not good role models. Many have been enmeshed in careers and post-graduate education and they find themselves in their 30s, finally able to take a breath, and realizing they are running out of time to start a family.
a blog by lashuandra, April 15, 2010
Torry Hansen, the nurse from Tennessee who decided to return her 7-year-old adopted son to Russia, is a hot topic right now. As an adoptive mom my heart goes out to her, but I’m baffled by her actions.
I cannot judge because I was blessed to have adopted a healthy, newborn son that my husband and I bonded with right away. But every situation is different.
a blog by lashaundra
Don't you just hate it when people ask you, "Why don't you just adopt?"
I hate it and I’m an adoptive parent!
People who think adoption is the natural choice for women who struggle to conceive act as if it's as simple as going to pick up a loaf of bread from the market. They nonchalantly make this suggestion as if adoption has never entered into a couple’s mind, as if enlightening them on a new found path. What they fail to realize is, that for most couples, adoption is a conscious, well-thought-out plan. It’s a plan that usually comes after years of heart-wrenching failed attempts at trying to conceive a baby naturally or with the help of ART.