“I chose open adoption”. “My mom got mad at me, adoption is something we just don't do in our family”. Listen as this birth mother shares her story of making an adoption plan and watching her family come together to support her decision. Within Melinda’s family they are known for adopting people in but when she decided to make an adoption plan for her baby [...]
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Advocating for Adoption in Personal Genetics Testing BY: KIT MITCHELL In 2003, the completion of the Human Genome Project opened the way for a large-scale private sector investment in genetic technologies.1 As synthesizing genes became less costly, companies like 23andMe, Ancestry, and others, were able to market home testing kits to the general public. Anyone can spit into a tube, send it off to the company, [...]
BY: DEBBIE WYNNE, MSED., LPC-S, LCPAA, RPT-S Curiosity about who we are, where we came from, and our significance in life is universal. Today, opportunities abound to search family history to fill in the missing pieces of the past, whether a family member shares stories from one generation to the next or we search on social media and genealogy websites for clues. For many adopted [...]
The Michigan Department of Heath and Human Services shared tips for safe sleep for infants. Follow these tips for safe sleep during every nap and night-time routine: Place your baby on their back, in a crib, bassinet or pack-n-play for every sleep time. Use a firm mattress with a tightly fitted sheet. Keep baby’s sleep space clutter free – no pillows, blankets or toys. Avoid [...]
Please mark your calendar for April 14, 2018, to join us as we celebrate adoption with great food and silent auction items at our Annual Spring Gala in Northville, Michigan. More details to follow!
Did you miss this? Last week, NBC 25 News, as well as Fox 66 News out of the Saginaw-Bay City-Flint area ran this piece on one of AAI's families, Jonathan and Amber Herron, and our very own Jennifer Jaworski, caseworker for the Saginaw-Flint area. What a wonderful way to end National Adoption Awareness Month. http://wsmh.com/…/family-whos-adopted-4-children-shares-adv…
BraveLove is a national non-profit charity organization whose mission is to change the perception of adoption through honest, informative and hopeful communication that conveys the heroism and bravery a birth mother displays when she places her child with a loving family through adoption. In honor of National Adoption Month, BraveLove has recently released the video, Together We Are Motherhood, that we would like to share [...]
MichiganRadio.org, invited Paula Springer, Director of AAI's Eastern Michigan office, to talk about Michigan's Safe Delivery of Newborns Law on their "Stateside" podcast. The law allows parents to anonymously surrender their newborn in a safe place, no questions asked. Every once in a while, you hear a news report about a newborn infant left in a dumpster or trashcan. Those stories can trigger feelings of [...]
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Uniting Hearts Creating Families Gala this past Saturday evening - what a special time! There was: Fierce competition for amazing auction items! A fun mystery envelope raffle Hearty, delicious food An inspiring, uplifting keynote message (Click here for a sampling) And most importantly, overwhelming support for the work of Adoption Associates! It's a busy time of [...]
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 [...]