National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Today, May 10, 2018, is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. Each year on this day there is opportunity to focus on and to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and show that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development. Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the [...]

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2018-05-10T12:07:00+00:00

Band-Aids Heal More Than You Can See

By: Kayla North Originally published on Empowered to Connect Giving and receiving love may seem like an easy thing, but for many adopted and foster kids it is hard. They have given love to people only to have those people disappear from their lives or not return their love. They have received love only to be moved to a new home, or the “love” they received [...]

Band-Aids Heal More Than You Can See 2018-05-07T16:25:55+00:00

BLOGTALK RADIO: PT 3 – A Powerful Story of Connecting with Birth Family Internationally

AIR DATE: 4.18.17. A Powerful Story of Connecting with Birth Family Internationally - PART 3 You can read the transcript below, or click here to listen to the podcast. Recording: Love Talk Radio. Jennifer: Hi. Welcome to Adoption Focus. My name is Jennifer Jaworski. I'm a social worker with Adoption Associates of Michigan. This is Adoption Associates premiere talk radio blog show. Adoption Associates was [...]

BLOGTALK RADIO: PT 3 – A Powerful Story of Connecting with Birth Family Internationally 2018-05-02T13:59:46+00:00

BLOGTALK RADIO: PT 2 A Powerful Story of Connecting with Birth Family Internationally

AIR DATE: 4.11.17 A Powerful Story of Connecting with Birth Family Internationally: PART 2 You can read the transcript below or click here to listen to the podcast. Jennifer: Hi, and welcome to Adoption Focus. My name is Jennifer Jaworski and I'm a social worker with Adoption Associates of Michigan. This is Adoption Associates' premier talk radio blog show. Adoption Associates was founded in 1990 [...]

BLOGTALK RADIO: PT 2 A Powerful Story of Connecting with Birth Family Internationally 2018-05-02T13:56:39+00:00

BLOGTALK RADIO (AUDIO/TRANSCRIPT): PT 1 A POWERFUL STORY OF CONNECTION WITH BIRTH FAMILY INTERNATIONALLY

AIR DATE:  4.4.17 You can read the transcript below or listen to the audio file here. Speaker 2: BlogTalk Radio. Jennifer J.: Hi, and welcome to Adoption Focus, my name is Jennifer Jaworski, and I'm a social worker with Adoption Associates of Michigan. This is Adoption Associates' premier talk radio blog show. Adoption Associates and its staff are trusted leaders in adoption and we have [...]

BLOGTALK RADIO (AUDIO/TRANSCRIPT): PT 1 A POWERFUL STORY OF CONNECTION WITH BIRTH FAMILY INTERNATIONALLY 2018-05-02T13:53:35+00:00

ACEs Science 101

What are ACEs? ACEs are adverse childhood experiences that harm children’s developing brains and lead to changing how they respond to stress and damaging their immune systems so profoundly that the effects show up decades later. ACEs cause much of our burden of chronic disease, most mental illness, and are at the root of most violence. “ACEs” comes from the CDC-Kaiser Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, a [...]

ACEs Science 101 2018-05-01T16:15:18+00:00

Understanding Birth Parents

For those couples just beginning their journey to parenthood, the thought of meeting and getting to know a birth parent can be daunting. Although we at AAI work tirelessly to help our waiting families understand the complexities and the wide range of emotions when connecting to birth parents, many feel challenged at the thought of having some sort of relationship with a birth family. The [...]

Understanding Birth Parents 2018-04-24T10:49:23+00:00

I Want to Adopt from China – Where do I Begin?

Wanting to adopt from China, but not sure where to begin? Our experienced staff is here to help you! Adoption Associates has been placing children from China since 1994. From identifying the child who belongs in your family, to assisting you with your paperwork and preparing you to bring your child home, AAI provides the personal service you've been hoping for. We are a small, [...]

I Want to Adopt from China – Where do I Begin? 2018-04-06T15:36:11+00:00

BLOGTALK RADIO (Audio/Transcript): Adoption Parent Support and Connections w/ Kim Scholten

Air Date: 7.17.2015 If you would like to listen to the audio file, click here. Connie Going: Hi, my name is Connie Going, and welcome to Adoption Focus. Adoption Focus is a radio blog talk show sponsored by Adoption Associates of Michigan. Adoption Associates is a amazing adoption agency that has existed since 1990, and they have done over 5000 placements, both through international and [...]

BLOGTALK RADIO (Audio/Transcript): Adoption Parent Support and Connections w/ Kim Scholten 2018-03-29T11:51:54+00:00

NCFA Responds to the FY 2017 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption

March 23, 2018 – Alexandria, VA – The U.S. Department of State has released its FY 2017 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoptions,(1) revealing that American families adopted 4,714 children through intercountry adoption from October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017. This marks more than 12% decline from the 5,372 foreign-born children adopted the previous year and a 79% decline since intercountry adoptions reached a peak [...]

NCFA Responds to the FY 2017 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption 2018-03-26T16:58:07+00:00