Category Archives: Adoption Questions

National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month, and in honor of that, I thought I would offer a hand to anyone looking for adoption resources. I’ve tried hard over the past couple of years to make my blog a great resource of honest adoption-related information, but if there’s something you’re concerned about or have questions about {adoption-related of course} that I haven’t covered, please feel free to email me or leave a comment. Continue reading

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Reflections on Being Matched

I think many adoptive families {including me} look to the matching stage as the final stage in the adoption process. We wait all this time, some longer than others, and when we’re finally matched, we celebrate and let out a sigh of relief. But that feeling of relief does not last long. I honestly thought once we were matched, the anxiousness would subside because at least the next step would be illuminated for us. But the matching process brings about a whole new set of anxieties and worries. Continue reading

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Why Would White Parents Adopt Outside of Their Race?

I’ve wanted to write this post for a long time, and recently actress Kristen Davis {from Sex and the City} made magazine covers when she adopted an African American baby girl. I read the articles online about her newest addition, but I also read the comments. There were quite a few questions from Caucasians and African Americans about why so many people are choosing to adopt outside of their own race. Because her baby is African American, the questions primarily centered around white people adopting black babies, but I’ve seen people raise their eyebrows at white people adopting Latino babies as well.  Continue reading

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Talking to Children About Adoption

Two big announcements before this post- first, I’m an aunt! My sister in law and brother in law {Travis’s brother} welcomed a baby girl this morning. She’s precious and perfectly healthy and we’re so thrilled to welcome her into our family. And secondly, I’ve added a new feature to my blog. It’s an Amazon bookstore full of hand-picked goodies approved by me.

The books I mention in today’s post are available for purchase in my amazon store, along with many other resources about Attachment Parenting, general parenting, raising kiddos in a Christian home, fun arts and crafts with your kids, Hyperemesis resources, and much more. All purchases made on Amazon {even for items not in my store} contribute a tiny portion to my blog. I’d love it if you could shop from my Amazon store when you’re browsing Amazon and help keep Love Makes a Family going strong! There’s a link to the store to the right of the main blog page. Continue reading

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Are All Adoptive Parents Desperate?

I’ve been chewing over the idea of this post for a week or so.

Over on my favorite adoption board, I posted something a week ago about the potential situations we might consider. For instance, we said that we will consider a baby expected to be born with a cleft lip or pallet. We will not consider a baby with Spina Bifida. The list goes on and on regarding what we will and will not consider. Continue reading

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How to Build a Fabulous Adoption Profile Part 1

Stop by and check out the newest activity idea for little ones in Something Together!

Early in the adoption process, part of me looked forward to this step with great anticipation, while another part of me dreaded this part more than others. I LOVE scrapbooking, so I chose to view this just as though I was building a scrapbooking page for my own pleasure. Continue reading

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So…I May Have Goofed…

I messed up. Can I have a do-over?

Okay, did I mention that I’m exhausted? In a recent entry, I attempted to discuss living the “adopted lifestyle.” By this, I meant that I did not want our family to live in a cloud of fear or guilt regarding our choice to adopt. I expressed that it is my belief that some families avoid vacations, certain movies, television shows, books, etc. because their child is adopted. While some of this avoidance may be necessary for older adopted children who have scars related to their adoption or time in foster care, I don’t think it’s necessary for every adopted child. Continue reading

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