Explaining a “Miracle Baby”

By Kate Weldon LeBlanc At bedtime on my daughter’s ninth birthday, she asked me to explain how babies are made. I think it was just a coincidence that it was on her birthday, but the timing did make the conversation even more meaningful. This was the most pointed time she had ever asked about conception. […]

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Considering adoption from foster care?

By Diane Tomaz, Director of Family Support Services Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE)   Of the more than 600 children in Massachusetts foster care, every last one wants a family and a place to call home. What does it take to adopt a child from foster care? For starters, your home can be rented or owned. […]

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Why I Walk

by Kerri Kivolowitz Infertility (IF) is a diagnosis that carries with it loss, isolation, guilt, doubt, depression, and surprisingly, hope; the ever-twinkling hope that this time it will be different. Six years ago, my husband and I decided we were ready to start a family. Little did we know the journey it would become: the heartbreak […]

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Mother’s Day Looms

When you are struggling to build your family, you don’t know when the painful pierces are going to strike. I do not mean injections or any other physical piercings related to fertility treatment. I mean the sudden emotional pierces. Sometimes I feel them literally in the area of my heart, sometimes in my head or […]

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Home Studies: Top 10 Considerations

Home Study is the process of evaluation and education that is required by each state in order for you to be approved to adopt a child.  A good home study will not only provide the professional/agency with the information they are required to obtain for the study, but it should also give you some tools […]

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Considering adoption during IVF

For many years, I have been working with people struggling with infertility. During this time, I have seen treatments advance, alternative paths to parenthood arrive and people building or expanding their families in a variety of ways. Adoption, once a natural “next step,” has become a more complicated choice. Some individuals and couples who might have adopted after a […]

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LGBTQ Routes to Parenthood

“So, which of you is the real Mom?” This is the kind of question, amongst many others, that LGBTQ families hear when they are out and about with their children, which thankfully is happening in growing numbers, even though the sensitivity of questions has yet to catch up. According to the 2010 census, 111,000 same […]

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Adoption IS an Option—a VERY good option

This blog article was written by Ellen Glazer in honor of November as National Adoption Awareness Month. She is a  LICSW, Family Building Counselor and Coach, Co-author of “Having Your Baby through Egg Donation” and author of “The Long Awaited Stork”. Find out more about Ellen at Ellensglazer.net Many years ago, when I was trying to become […]

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Steps you can take as a prospective adoptive parent

This week’s blog post is from our professional member Adoptions with Love. You can find out more about adoption options at our 21st Annual Conference on November 8th. Click here to look at our Adoption Track at the conference. Do you have the impression that adopting a newborn infant in the United States is a […]

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Your Adoption Agency: Your Sherpa

Marla Ruth Allisan JD, LICSW is the Founder/Director, Full Circle Adoptions.  Her workshop at the 21st Annual Conference is an Overview of Domestic Infant Adoption which will be an exploration of key themes in domestic adoption.  Topics covered include: the home study process, preparation of the adoptive family’s profile, options for outreach & matching, open adoption, […]

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