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My First Mother’s Day
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My First Mother’s Day

That first Mother’s Day after I placed my daughter for adoption was the hardest for me. I remember going to church and dreading the moment the pastor would ask all the mothers to stand and be acknowledged for Mother’s Day. I struggled with the decision to stand or remain seated. My arms held no baby,...

May 8, 2020May 8, 2020
Infertility and Adoption
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Infertility and Adoption

This year, National Infertility Awareness Week is April 19-25th. Infertility is a common experience. “1 in 8 couples have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy (infertilityawareness.org).” At New Life Adoptions, we work with many couples who have experienced infertility, or secondary infertility, before coming to adoption. Infertility can be a long and difficult journey...

April 20, 2020April 20, 2020
Living In the Unknown
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Living In the Unknown

Unknown (adjective): not known; not within the range of one’s knowledge, experience, or understanding; strange; unfamiliar. We see it every time we go on social media, check our email, or turn on the news. There are a lot of unknowns in our world right now. We are living in this perpetual state of waiting, not knowing...

April 8, 2020April 9, 2020
Adoption Support Through Bellis
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Adoption Support Through Bellis

As an Expectant Parent Social Worker at New Life Adoptions, I support expectant and birth parents throughout the adoption process. I am always looking for valuable resources to offer additional support to those I am working with. When I heard about a local organization called Bellis, I wanted to learn more, so I started attending...

March 30, 2020March 30, 2020
Building and Repairing Attachment
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Building and Repairing Attachment

We hear a lot about attachment when it comes to parenting, especially adoptive parenting. What is attachment? While it’s easy to confuse attachment and bonding, attachment refers to a child’s emotional connection to his/her parents, and bonding refers to the parents’ feelings and connection to the child. Attachment is the deep and enduring emotional bond that connects...

March 11, 2020April 13, 2020
Why I Share My Adoption Story
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Why I Share My Adoption Story

When I found out I was pregnant, I was 22 years old and a sophomore in college. I never thought that this was something that would happen to me, and I was terrified about what the next year of my life would bring. Despite my fear, I felt peace. I had been living a destructive...

February 28, 2020February 28, 2020
The One Not Meant To Stay
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The One Not Meant To Stay

We called him Evan*. But that’s not his name. We were chosen by an expectant mother in November to adopt her baby. Hesitantly hopeful, knowing that at any time it’s her right to decide to parent, we spent the next few months getting to know her and her family. We love them all and are...

February 5, 2020February 5, 2020
Why Open Adoption?
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Why Open Adoption?

Over the years, openness in adoption has changed dramatically. Since 1980, when New Life Adoptions began providing adoption services, the norm has gone from solely closed adoptions to nearly all adoptive placements having some level of openness. In some cases, these are very open adoptions in which birth families babysit, have overnight visits, or even...

January 24, 2020January 24, 2020
How to Plan an Adoption Fundraising Event
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How to Plan an Adoption Fundraising Event

When we began our first adoption journey in 2015, we were walking in faith that along with our savings and careful budgeting, God would provide the funds to meet the financial expectations of the adoption. The month before our son was born, it was clear that our final payment would not happen without some intentional...

January 10, 2020January 27, 2020
The Importance of an Adoption Competent Therapist
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The Importance of an Adoption Competent Therapist

The anticipation of the holidays and the new year ahead can feel invigorating and exciting. However, this time of year can also bring up a variety of difficult feelings for many people, including those who have been touched by adoption – birth parents, adoptees and adoptive parents. It is important to deal with these feelings,...

December 13, 2019January 27, 2020