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Unselfish Love, Our Adoption Journey Part 8: Its Time

Katie had everything planned completely. Her mom, Kathy, and best friend, Kirstie, would take her to the hospital and her friend, Jessica, a photographer, would take pictures throughout the delivery. Her brother would watch Ryder. Her bags were packed, and she had been ready for weeks throughout her numerous Braxton Hicks episodes. Katie would close her eyes and imagine the scenerio: her hair clean and [...]

Unselfish Love, Our Adoption Journey Part 8: Its Time 2017-06-12T14:55:41+00:00

Unselfish Love, Our Adoption Journey Part 9: Shane’s Arrival

As Nikki put on her gown she kept praying that Katie and Shane would be okay. Katie was struggling as she felt like she just could not breathe, and she kept gasping for air, yelling "I can't breathe! I can't get air!". The doctors were scrubbing and ready to begin on the other side of the curtain which separated Katie and Nikki from seeing the [...]

Unselfish Love, Our Adoption Journey Part 9: Shane’s Arrival 2017-06-12T14:54:33+00:00

Unselfish Love, Our Adoption Journey Part 10: Time Together

"He is finally here!", thought Nikki, as she looked at his beautiful perfect fingers curled around her own. Katie was resting next to her in her bed and Adam was at the hotel, hopefully sleeping. From the moment Shane had arrived, Katie had told them it felt like he was their child right from the start, so she left Nikki in charge of all his [...]

Unselfish Love, Our Adoption Journey Part 10: Time Together 2017-06-12T14:50:39+00:00

A Birthmother’s Reflection: Ashley

Ashley came into the McDonalds, anxiously looking for someone who "looked" like an Adoption Case Worker. She ordered fries and a soda and found a seat in the back of the fast food restaurant where she could watch everyone coming in. The Case Worker she spoke to sounded nice on the phone and she answered all her questions with out cutting her off, even when [...]

A Birthmother’s Reflection: Ashley 2017-06-12T17:41:41+00:00

Save the Date!

Please come and join us on October 21, 2017, at 6:00 pm, for an evening filled with fun, food, and fellowship!  Our keynote speaker is Lucas Daniel Boyce, a published author, political strategist and professional speaker. Part of his current responsibilities include providing written content and serving as a surrogate to a number of clients and organizations in the fields of politics, education, foster care and [...]

Save the Date! 2017-07-10T09:49:49+00:00

Our Adoption Journey: Tim & MaryAnn

Our story begins in 2000, when we contacted Adoption Associates to discuss our options regarding Adoption. We joined the China program and were blessed when our daughter was placed in our arms in January 2002. Our son was 6 six years old and our new daughter was a year old. We thought our family was complete. There was, however, another plan for us. In 2004 [...]

Our Adoption Journey: Tim & MaryAnn 2017-06-12T17:44:11+00:00

How do adult adoptees feel about their adoption? Here is one man’s story.

Ryan Jon has never met his biological mum, but if he ever came face-to-face with her the first thing he would say to her is "thank you". “My parents were told they wouldn't have children but now they’re my mum and dad. They’re awesome, they’ve given me a great life and I’ll love them forever.” He told news.com.au he knows many women experience guilt after giving their [...]

How do adult adoptees feel about their adoption? Here is one man’s story. 2017-12-06T13:33:58+00:00

Save the Adoption Tax Credit!

With nearly 112,000 children in U.S. foster care waiting to be adopted and countless orphaned and abandoned children around the world, the adoption tax credit helps families afford adoption, giving loving, safe, permanent homes to as many children as possible. But now, Congress is considering eliminating the adoption tax credit, raising the cost of adoption and potentially hurting millions of American families. Congress needs to [...]

Save the Adoption Tax Credit! 2018-10-18T11:46:13+00:00

Annual 5K Run/Walk August 26, 2017

Adoption Associates' annual Touched by Adoption 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for August 26, 2017. Join us at Bogue Flats Recreation Area for this fun-filled event, and help us celebrate and honor birth mothers who planned adoption. Saturday, August 26, 2017 9:00 am Kids Fun Run | 9:30 am 5K Run/Walk ​Bogue Flats Recreation Area Portland, Michigan View more info » Register online at runningfoundation.com, in person [...]

Annual 5K Run/Walk August 26, 2017 2017-06-06T23:52:15+00:00

The Importance of Submitting Post Adoption Reports

International adoption has been a blessing to many families for many years. Countries from which Americans (and other countries) adopt require that adoptive parents submit post adoption reports at specific intervals after the adoption takes place. Adoption Agencies continue to urge adoptive families to comply with these requirements, and the Department of State has recently spot-lighted the importance of compliance with these requirements. Please read on [...]

The Importance of Submitting Post Adoption Reports 2017-05-30T12:45:43+00:00