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A Act of Love Adoptions | Utah Adoption .. by Cheryl Act Of Love - 1w ago

Dear Birth Parents,

I want to start by thanking you for taking the time to learn about me but, even more, for the courage and strength that has led you to explore adoption. I look forward to getting to know you and hearing about your hopes for your child’s future. I am excited to begin this process together. Please know that you will always have a special place in our hearts and lives. Adoption has always been my plan, ever since I was a child myself. It has always felt right to me and I am wholeheartedly ready to begin this journey.

One of the most important things to know about me is that I come from a close family that values togetherness and humor. My sister and I have grown to have an even stronger bond as adults. I have two young nieces and a baby nephew, who are my fa-vorite people in the entire world. I love taking Emmie and Harper on new adventures or spending time bonding with Lincoln. They cannot wait to have a new cousin!

In addition, I was extremely close to my mother. She taught me what it means to be a great mom: she was always there for us and we could tell her anything. Quite simply, Mom was home. She passed away four years ago, but I know how lucky I was—and still am—to have had her for a mother. I am also fortunate to have my dad and a supportive extended family. Dad lives nearby and is already a wonderful grandfather to my nieces and nephew. My friends are also a big part of my life, and many of them are already parents.

As for how I spend my days, I have the best job in the world: I’m a teacher. I teach sev-enth grade English and spend all day reading, writing, and working with kids! What could be better? They truly make me laugh on a daily basis and, more often than not, I make them laugh, too.

A huge benefit to teaching is that also provides the perfect schedule for a parent: I will be at work while my child is in school. In the beginning, I plan to take time off to bond with the baby. I am grateful to be able to take that time and to have a job that will me to spend a great deal of time with a child. I have a short 10 minute commute and own a home in an excellent school district, just 30 minutes outside of New York City. Here, I have the best of both worlds: a friendly, quiet town with great schools and a short drive away from the best city in the world.

In my free time, I love going into the city to see what new events, festivals, or exhibits have popped up. Most of all, I love going to see Broadway shows! Theater has always been a passion of mine, ever since my grandmother took me to see my first show when I was six. When staying close to home, I enjoy reading, seeing a good movie or discov-ering a new show on Netflix, and spending time with my friends. You know that friend who is always recommending a new show or movie? Well, that is definitely me. I also have a knack for trivia and have game nights with friends (I confess that can get a bit competitive with the trivia).

Recently, I’ve discovered a love for travel. Over the past two years, I have visited Eng-land, Scotland, and France. I look forward to adding stamps to my passport and seeing more of my own country. I’d love to share these kinds of adventures with a child some-day. First stop: Disney World! Later on, the sky is the limit.

Being a mother is a choice I made long ago and I have never wanted anything more. I promise that I will always put your child first and raise him or her to be caring, strong, and confident. He or she will always feel secure and loved. This child will learn to chase dreams and know that it is okay to take risks because I will be there to cheer him or her on and there when he or she falls. To me, that’s what a parent is all about: being there and helping your child discover who he or she will become.

Very Sincerely,
Stephanie

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Newsletter July 2019

Happy 4th of July! We hope that you all enjoy this wonderful time of the summer with family and friends. It is an important time to reflect on our blessings. We are all very blessed to live in this country with all of our protections and freedoms. There is a sense of gratitude that we should live with and that we should teach to the next generation.

Our Declaration of Independence states that our Creator has endowed us with unalienable rights of, “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Also in the preamble to the Constitution of the United States it states that one of the purposes of the constitution is to “Secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” These statements perfectly describe the adoption process.

It is an honor to be part of helping the next generation enjoy the freedoms that we are blessed with. Both birth and adoptive parents are a vital part of this process. When we choose life and love we are giving the gift of freedom.

We are grateful to each of you and your commitment to freedom for all!

Weekly Videos

As many of you know, we are doing weekly Facebook Live videos. We cover topics for adoptive families and birth parents. We choose for our topics, questions that people have about adoption especially the adoption process. Our videos are between 30 seconds to a couple of minutes, this makes it easier to watch and share with family and friends.

Adoption Media

Technology is advancing and so is the way we consume media. We created a page on our website to share our media content. If you go to aactofloveadoptions.com/adoption-videos/ you will find our Facebook Live videos, our YouTube channel, testimonials, and videos about the adoption process.

We want to make sure people have a great understanding of how adoption works and these videos are going to help people to find quick answers.

Newsletters

Our newsletters are a great way for us to share what is going in our agency and also in the world of adoption. We want to bring you the latest that is why we have a full page where you can read our current and previous newsletters.

You can go to https://aactofloveadoptions.com/newsletter/ to find them.

 

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From A Act of Love

It's June already! This year is going so fast especially with everything going on in the agency and in with the world of adoptions.

June is the month when we celebrate Father's Day. We want to recognize all the fathers out there- especially our wonderful birth fathers and adoptive fathers. They have experienced first hand the wonderful gift of adoption. They have brought joy and a better future to thousands of children who are now enjoying the gift of life. We wish a happy father’s to all the fathers who are part of our A Act of Love Adoptions family.

26th Year Anniversary Party

In June we also celebrated our 26th year anniversary as an adoption agency. It’s been a wonderful experience to serve  thousands of people all of these years. Adoption is a wonderful gift and a miracle for so many people, however it’s an emotional battle sometimes makes things happen. We can proudly say, after 26 years that we still fighting for life. We understand the blessing of adoption for birth parents, adoptive families and especially for children.

For the last 26 years we have worked with so many wonderful people. We are blessed to have built many wonderful relationships with families and birth parents over the years. They are now part of our A Act of Love family. Through all of these years we have worked with some of the most amazing and qualified people on our staff to make these adoptions happen. For all the work they have done, we want to recognize them too. 

As part of our celebration we had a wonderful party hosted in A Act of Love Adoption office on Friday, June 14th. We have a wonderful experience with old friends and we enjoyed a wonderful meal. It was a very emotional commemoration with some tears from Kathy, founder of A Act of Love, and from Isaac Thomas, acting president. They shared some remarks on what the agency means to them and all the work done after all of these years.

Facebook Live Videos

We started rolling our Facebook live videos every Wednesday morning this month. We are sharing important information about adoption and answering many questions people ask about the process. You will find videos from our amazing staff members who are experts in adoption. We encourage everyone to stay tuned on our Facebook page every wednesday to watch, like, comment on, and share our videos.

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By Laraine Moon, Jun 8, 2019

This week Laraine Moon shared great insights about post placement. His message was directed to adoptive families but even if you are considering adoption, you can benefit from this information.

You can watch Laraine's the video here:

Advice to Adoptive Families About Post Placement | Act of Love Adoptions - YouTube

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Message From A Act of Love

May is a wonderful month. At A Act of Love Adoptions we celebrated Mother's day and Memorial Day. It's a time of remembrance for the gift of life given through our wonderful birth parents who put the future of their babies first by choosing adoption.

It is a time to remember those who have died who have protected our freedoms. But for A Act of Love Adoptions' family, it is also a time to remember our sweet little ones and our dear birth parents who have passed on.

Let's keep this special feeling in our hearts through the rest of the year and keep honoring the miracle of life.

Message From A Act of Love

This month as we celebrated Mother's Day, we decided to remember our birth mothers by creating a video recognizing them.

A Act of Love Adoptions staff members came to the office and one by one, they said hi to one of the birth mothers who somehow impacted their lives.

A Act of Love Adoptions wishes all birth parents a wonderful, happy Mother's Day.

Memorial Day

This month also includes Memorial Day. As part of our Memorial Day celebration we decided to go to a children's cemetery to take some flowers to them.

We had a wonderful experience and felt an enormous feeling of reverence as we were contemplating the graves of those little wonderful souls.

We recorded a very emotional video that you can watch on our Facebook page.

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Dear Birthmother,

We want to thank you for considering our family on your journey to adoption. We cannot fathom the difficult decisions that you are going through, but we want you to know that we are here to talk and answer any questions you may have. It takes a great amount of love to be able to consider pursuing adoption, and we are committed to sharing that love with you moving forward. As you contemplate your options and your decisions that lie ahead, please feel comfortable in getting to know our family and reach out when you feel like you are ready to.

We are certainly open to the idea of an open adoption. We believe that this can be a great relationship for all parties involved and are willing to share a child’s special moments with you if that is what you desire. There can certainly be a positive relationship between yourself and our family, and we would like nothing more than to make that a possibility. We look forward to sharing pictures, letters and special events with you in the future.

Family is a very important concept in our life. We have one of the greatest support systems that anyone could ask for, and we are truly blessed for that. Both of our families are eager and excited to help us on our journey and look forward to the day that we start our family of our own. We have very strong beliefs in the value of education and preparing for success in life. We are very fortunate to have the schooling opportunities and the occupations we currently hold. We believe that family can be constructed with anyone. An open mind and kindness can go a long way to building lasting relationships that can be cherished forever.

ABOUT US
We met during our first year of college and connected almost immediately. Makail moved south to experience college herself away from home, and Calvin did the same. Makail worked on a ranch as a CNA taking care of an elderly resident, and it was a great place for her to live at the time. Calvin enjoyed going there with her regularly, as the ranch was more of a resort! After dating for roughly a year, and still pursuing schooling, Calvin asked Makail to marry him. Calvin was in the military at the time and got orders to deploy overseas. This was a great test of our love and commitment to one another, and undoubtedly the hardest trial we have ever experienced. Upon return from overseas, we got married only a few months later and have never looked back. After Calvin’s graduation we moved north so Makail would have the opportunity to pursue her dreams in Nursing. She is the most compassionate person in her work and has been working in the medical field for nearly ten years. Once she completed her schooling, we decided we wanted to build a home together, and completed that recently in 2018. We now have two dogs to keep us company. Kodah is 5 years old and a husky/malamute mix, and Ruthie is a 2-year-old goldendoodle. They have the sweetest temperament toward children of all ages.

WHAT WE DO
We love to spend time outdoors and go on vacations as often as time permits. Our favorite way to vacation is definitely taking a cruise. We have done a few over the past few years and look forward to sharing this experience with our forever family in the future. We also live a reasonable distance from the west coast and Disneyland, which is Makail’s favorite place to visit. We look forward to the opportunity to take children there in the future, as it is a magical place to see! We have gone on vacations with our friends that have children, and love to spoil them as much as we can. A child in our home will have an extensive family and friend-based network to love them and support them through life. We are avid hikers, and love to go to the lake on the weekends when the weather is nice. We live where it gets hot, so swimming is a must for the majority of the year!

ABOUT CALVIN
Calvin grew up in Michigan and moved west after graduating high school. He has one younger brother and one younger sister. His entire family now lives in the same town so the support system for us is great. Calvin served in the Army National Guard for six years and spent a fraction of that time overseas. That experience has led him to appreciate the opportunities and freedoms that we all get to experience in the United States. Calvin graduated college with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and later went on the get his master’s degree in business administration. He recently started his own business and is now contracted as a regional sales representative for a ventilation company. This allows him to work from home the majority of the time.

ABOUT MAKAIL
Makail grew up in the west and left home after high school to pursue further education. Makail has one younger sister, who just started college herself and lives at Makail’s parents’ home. Makail worked while Calvin completed his education, and she recently received her Registered Nursing degree. She will complete her bachelor’s in nursing by late spring of 2019. Makail has always loved working in the healthcare field. She has been a CNA for several years and has been working in the nursing capacity for nearly two years. Currently she works part time doing home health and hospice visits, and she also works at our local hospital on the orthopedic and spine floor. She loves to help others and will continue to do so always.

WISHING YOU THE BEST
We are thankful for your consideration and for taking the time to get to know our family. We are blessed to be surrounded by vast amounts of support from family and friends that only want the best for us, and we know adoption is our path to growing our family. We have had a great time taking vacations and living our lives together for the past seven years, but we are at that point in life where we long to expand our family. We know in our hearts that we are meant to adopt. We have a lot to offer to children and have created a very opportunistic atmosphere for leading a successful life. We are always thinking and praying for you and wish you peace as you make these difficult decisions. We are always available to talk and admire you for both your strength and courage for considering adoption.

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Dear Birth Parents,

Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us! We admire your strength and bravery in this important decision. We are so thankful for the loving choice you are making for your precious baby. We know that this is a very difficult time for you, and we hope you are feeling loved and supported in your journey. We want you to know that we are so ready and excited to welcome a new member into our family! We have so much love to give! If you decide to make an adoption plan with us, please know that we will love and care for your child with all our hearts. We will give your baby a safe, happy, loving home and provide them with every opportunity we can. We hope you will consider our little family!

We are Ashley and Hayden! We have one daughter, Adelyn. We met during college 8 years ago and have been married for 7 years. Hayden is from Oregon and Ashley is from Georgia. Once we graduated, Hayden got a job here in Utah, so we’ve made Utah our home!

Ashley graduated in Elementary Education and taught 3rd grade before becoming a mom. She has a passion for teaching but being a stay at home mom is her dream job! Hayden has a degree in Information Technology and is a Senior Software Engineer.

After 3 ½ years of marriage, we had our daughter Adelyn! We love pets and have 2 dogs (Pomeranians) and one bunny. We love our neighborhood and Adelyn has lots of children to play with! We live in walking distance to local parks, splash pads and restaurants. We are also right next to a great Elementary school! We’re very active in our Church (Ashley works with primary children and Hayden is in scouts).

About Hayden:

· Hayden is the best dad and husband we could ask for!

· He is: outgoing, friendly, a hard worker, smart, athletic, patient, and good at building things.

· His hobbies include: technology, hiking, fishing, woodworking, reading, running and playing games.

· His mom is from Singapore, so he is half Asian and half English.

· He is very handy and is able to do house projects by himself!

· He is a fun and caring dad to Adelyn and loves to play with her and teach her new things. He reads and plays with her every day.

· He is always willing to help others and is loved by his family and friends! He puts his family first and makes spending time together a priority.

About Ashley:

· Ashley is a loving, caring wife and mother!

· She is: kind, patient, empathetic, smart, talented, crafty and friendly.

· She loves children and animals! She has many hobbies and talents including: baking, cooking, painting, crafting, home décor, reading, gardening, singing, and teaching.

· She loves organizing and is great at keeping track of everyone’s schedule.

· She has always wanted to be a mom and loves being one! She is a great teacher and Adelyn loves working with her on the alphabet, numbers, colors and shapes.

· She is friendly and kind to everyone she meets, and her family and friends are very important to her!

About Adelyn:

· Adelyn is such a joy to have in our family!

· She is: sweet, loving, smart, funny, a good listener, happy, joyful, energetic, helpful, sensitive, outgoing, friendly, and kind.

· She loves many things, including: dance class, gymnastics, music, singing, swimming, watching princess movies, practicing her letters and numbers, doing puzzles, and being read to.

· She enjoys helping mom cook and bake, dad with projects around the house, and feeding and taking care of her pets.

· She is very ready to go to preschool in the Fall and talks about going every day.

· She is so excited to have a sibling!

· We are so grateful to have her in our family!

About Us:

· We enjoy spending time together as a family and love going to museums, zoos, and parks!

· We love being outdoors and like to swim, go for walks and hikes, and barbecue with friends and family.

· We live in a great neighborhood with lots of friends and kids for Adelyn to play with. We are in walking distance to parks, splash pads and local restaurants!

· We go on vacation often and recently went to Disneyland!

· We visit my parents and family at the beach every summer, and we love playing in the sand and water.

· Holidays are very special to us and we look forward to celebrating them together! We have many traditions that we love to do every year. Our favorite holidays are Christmas and Halloween!

· We are very close with our families and love spending time together. Adelyn is the only grandchild on both sides, so they love to visit her and take her on fun adventures!

· When we are together, we love to: cook family dinners, go on fun outings, play board games and just spend time with each other!

· We are so thankful for our families and can’t wait to grow our family more!

· Everyone is very excited for us to adopt a baby, and they are ready to have another child to love.

· My little brother Jonathan was adopted as a baby when I was 10 years old, so we are familiar with adoption.

· We love my brother so much and are so thankful he joined our family through adoption!

If you choose us, know that your baby will be so loved and wanted. They will be a sibling and friend for our daughter and complete our family! They will be loved by friends and family alike. They will be encouraged, cheered on, taught, read to, cared for, played with, loved unconditionally and so much more. They will be our missing piece. We will integrate your baby into our family and life and can’t wait to do so!

We plan on being very open with our child, and they will know that they are adopted and loved. We will tell them their adoption story from a young age, and they will know that we chose them to be a part of our family. We will tell them about you, their birth parents, and give them the information that they want. We want to have post adoption contact, with frequently sending pictures and exchanging letters and emails.

Adelyn is so excited to have a sibling and can’t wait for the day that happens! Our friends and family are thrilled for us and very encouraging. We are familiar with adoption, because of my little brother’s adoption. We want to adopt to add to and complete our family. Family is the most important thing to us!

We are so thankful you have read our profile and have taken the time to get to know us. We know that this is an extremely hard, difficult and important decision. We are so thankful for your courageous choice and would love to be considered in the adoption of your baby. Know that we love and care about you!

Love,

Ashley, Hayden & Adelyn

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A Act of Love Adoptions | Utah Adoption .. by Cheryl Act Of Love - 2M ago

Dear Birth Parents,

I want to start by thanking you for taking the time to learn about me but, even more, for the courage and strength that has led you to explore adoption. I look forward to getting to know you and hearing about your hopes for your child’s future. I am excited to begin this process together. Please know that you will always have a special place in our hearts and lives. Adoption has always been my plan, ever since I was a child myself. It has always felt right to me and I am wholeheartedly ready to begin this journey.

One of the most important things to know about me is that I come from a close family that values togetherness and humor. My sister and I have grown to have an even stronger bond as adults. I have two young nieces and a baby nephew, who are my fa-vorite people in the entire world. I love taking Emmie and Harper on new adventures or spending time bonding with Lincoln. They cannot wait to have a new cousin!

In addition, I was extremely close to my mother. She taught me what it means to be a great mom: she was always there for us and we could tell her anything. Quite simply, Mom was home. She passed away four years ago, but I know how lucky I was—and still am—to have had her for a mother. I am also fortunate to have my dad and a supportive extended family. Dad lives nearby and is already a wonderful grandfather to my nieces and nephew. My friends are also a big part of my life, and many of them are already parents.

As for how I spend my days, I have the best job in the world: I’m a teacher. I teach sev-enth grade English and spend all day reading, writing, and working with kids! What could be better? They truly make me laugh on a daily basis and, more often than not, I make them laugh, too.

A huge benefit to teaching is that also provides the perfect schedule for a parent: I will be at work while my child is in school. In the beginning, I plan to take time off to bond with the baby. I am grateful to be able to take that time and to have a job that will me to spend a great deal of time with a child. I have a short 10 minute commute and own a home in an excellent school district, just 30 minutes outside of New York City. Here, I have the best of both worlds: a friendly, quiet town with great schools and a short drive away from the best city in the world.

In my free time, I love going into the city to see what new events, festivals, or exhibits have popped up. Most of all, I love going to see Broadway shows! Theater has always been a passion of mine, ever since my grandmother took me to see my first show when I was six. When staying close to home, I enjoy reading, seeing a good movie or discov-ering a new show on Netflix, and spending time with my friends. You know that friend who is always recommending a new show or movie? Well, that is definitely me. I also have a knack for trivia and have game nights with friends (I confess that can get a bit competitive with the trivia).

Recently, I’ve discovered a love for travel. Over the past two years, I have visited Eng-land, Scotland, and France. I look forward to adding stamps to my passport and seeing more of my own country. I’d love to share these kinds of adventures with a child some-day. First stop: Disney World! Later on, the sky is the limit.

Being a mother is a choice I made long ago and I have never wanted anything more. I promise that I will always put your child first and raise him or her to be caring, strong, and confident. He or she will always feel secure and loved. This child will learn to chase dreams and know that it is okay to take risks because I will be there to cheer him or her on and there when he or she falls. To me, that’s what a parent is all about: being there and helping your child discover who he or she will become.

Very Sincerely,
Stephanie

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How to Find a Birth Mother for Independent Adoption
Important! If you are considering in adoption, make sure to read this...

When you are an adoptive family will have many questions. Having an adoption agency who can answer your questions at any time will make your experience easier and happier.

One such question you may have about adoptions is how to find a birth mother. There are many ways to locate a  birth mother, but the best by far is through an agency, such as A Act of Love Adoptions.

Agencies locate birth mothers who may have the same feelings toward adoption and fit your interests in adoption, using a vast network of resources that other options may not have.

Adoption Tip: Adoption can be an extensive and complicated process, for that reason having an agency who knows the process like A Act of Love adoptions, can make a difference. Get a free information packet here >>

Connecting With Birth Mothers

The best way to connect to a birth mother is through an independent adoption.

An independent adoption is a form of adoption where the biological and adoptive families have a level of access, to varying degrees, of each other's personal information, as well as having an option of contact between the adopted child and parents and the birth mother.

This form of adoption has become more popular in the United States in recent years, giving birth mothers the opportunity to remain in contact if they choose with the adoptive parents.

There are openness options, like exchanging pictures, letters and visits.

Many birth mothers have enjoyed the communication with the adoptive parents and receiving information of their birth children.

What are the benefits of Adoption

Research has shown a lot of positives in the lives of children who have open adoption policies with their birth mothers.

“If anything, openness appears to help kids understand adoption; relieve the fears of adoptive parents; and help birth mothers resolve their grief, according to researchers Harold D. Grotevant and Ruth G. McRoy.

“Many of the fears about open adoption do not seem to be a problem,” said Grotevant, a professor at the University of Minnesota and co-author with McRoy of Openness in Adoption: Exploring Family Connections.” (Carney, E.  Understanding Open Adoptions. 2017)

This form of adoption shouldn’t be looked at as a panacea for the needs of children, though. It is not without its foibles.

Some research has shown that children with open adoptions between their adoptive and birth mothers can experience issues with self esteem and some do not.

Consider your options carefully and proceed with consideration. Getting details from an agency on what you could do to connect with an adoptive family is always a good choice.

How Much Contact is Normal with Birth Parents?

The answer is, “it depends.” This is decided on by the adoptive and birth mothers together, often with the help of an agency or an attorney.

The openness of the adoption must be managed through a contract or a written agreement, otherwise the adoptive parents retain the rights to how much contact, if any, the birth mothers may have. Levels of contact depend on the interests of the parties involved.

Some have had a little contact as exchanged letters and pictures with no physical meetings, where others have frequent, in person contact or even close, friendly relationships.

Birth mothers do not have to have continued contact if they choose not to. However, research has shown that children who do have contact with their birth mothers after adoption have a greater sense of self worth.

Do what you think is best, of course. The process of adoption is meant to take stress and difficulty away, and to increase the opportunity for the child to have the best possible life.

One of the greatest challenges for parents in an open adoption is the reactions of their own friends and family; people have stigmatized the idea of an open adoption to the point that they frequently will fear it without cause.  

Do your research, get familiar with what you want, and be strong in your decision. If you choose Act of Love Adoptions as your agency, they will help you in this process and be a support to you through any issues you face.

Take adoption seriously. When you are considering adoption, be sure to employ the help of an agency who can make the process simple and easy. Act of Love is here to help you every step of the way. For more information, contact Act of Love today.

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How to Find a Birth Mother for Independent Adoption
Important! If you are considering in adoption, make sure to read this...

When you are an adoptive family will have many questions. Having an adoption agency who can answer your questions at any time will make your experience easier and happier.

One such question you may have about adoptions is how to find a birth mother. There are many ways to locate a  birth mother, but the best by far is through an agency, such as A Act of Love Adoptions.

Agencies locate birth mothers who may have the same feelings toward adoption and fit your interests in adoption, using a vast network of resources that other options may not have.

Adoption Tip: Adoption can be an extensive and complicated process, for that reason having an agency who knows the process like A Act of Love adoptions, can make a difference. Get a free information packet here >>

Connecting With Birth Mothers

The best way to connect to a birth mother is through an independent adoption.

An independent adoption is a form of adoption where the biological and adoptive families have a level of access, to varying degrees, of each other's personal information, as well as having an option of contact between the adopted child and parents and the birth mother.

This form of adoption has become more popular in the United States in recent years, giving birth mothers the opportunity to remain in contact if they choose with the adoptive parents.

There are openness options, like exchanging pictures, letters and visits.

Many birth mothers have enjoyed the communication with the adoptive parents and receiving information of their birth children.

What are the benefits of Adoption

Research has shown a lot of positives in the lives of children who have open adoption policies with their birth mothers.

“If anything, openness appears to help kids understand adoption; relieve the fears of adoptive parents; and help birth mothers resolve their grief, according to researchers Harold D. Grotevant and Ruth G. McRoy.

“Many of the fears about open adoption do not seem to be a problem,” said Grotevant, a professor at the University of Minnesota and co-author with McRoy of Openness in Adoption: Exploring Family Connections.” (Carney, E.  Understanding Open Adoptions. 2017)

This form of adoption shouldn’t be looked at as a panacea for the needs of children, though. It is not without its foibles.

Some research has shown that children with open adoptions between their adoptive and birth mothers can experience issues with self esteem and some do not.

Consider your options carefully and proceed with consideration. Getting details from an agency on what you could do to connect with an adoptive family is always a good choice.

How Much Contact is Normal with Birth Parents?

The answer is, “it depends.” This is decided on by the adoptive and birth mothers together, often with the help of an agency or an attorney.

The openness of the adoption must be managed through a contract or a written agreement, otherwise the adoptive parents retain the rights to how much contact, if any, the birth mothers may have. Levels of contact depend on the interests of the parties involved.

Some have had a little contact as exchanged letters and pictures with no physical meetings, where others have frequent, in person contact or even close, friendly relationships.

Birth mothers do not have to have continued contact if they choose not to. However, research has shown that children who do have contact with their birth mothers after adoption have a greater sense of self worth.

Do what you think is best, of course. The process of adoption is meant to take stress and difficulty away, and to increase the opportunity for the child to have the best possible life.

One of the greatest challenges for parents in an open adoption is the reactions of their own friends and family; people have stigmatized the idea of an open adoption to the point that they frequently will fear it without cause.  

Do your research, get familiar with what you want, and be strong in your decision. If you choose Act of Love Adoptions as your agency, they will help you in this process and be a support to you through any issues you face.

Take adoption seriously. When you are considering adoption, be sure to employ the help of an agency who can make the process simple and easy. Act of Love is here to help you every step of the way. For more information, contact Act of Love today.

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