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Blog 2017-06-12T17:49:41-04:00

BLOGTALK RADIO (Air Date 1.31.17): Aaron and Dakota Birth Parents – The Adoption Decision – An insightful look into the story of the birth parents

Air Date:  1.31.17  Aaron and Dakota - Birth Parents - The Adoption Decision Aaron and Dakota a young couple are faced with an unplanned pregnancy. This blog is an insightful look into the decision making process Aaron and Dakota faced when thinking about putting their baby up for adoption. You can click on the audio file above or read the transcript below: EPISODE: [...]

Freeland Food Truck Face-Off

Adoption Associates will be hosting an event at this year's Walleye Festival in Freeland, Michigan!  The Food Truck Face-Off will be on April 26 and April 27 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Main Street. Come join us for delicious food and friendly, good-natured competition. The nine food trucks involved have agreed to donate 10% of their proceeds to the work of Adoption Associates! [...]

How Do I Find the Right Professional to Help Us?

Adoptive and foster parents often need the help of professionals in order to meet their child’s needs. But how do parents know which professionals to turn to? In the fifth video of this series originally posted on, watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis and Michael Monroe offer practical insight about how parents should view the role of professionals, and which criterion to use in selecting [...]

BLOGTALK RADIO (Air Date: 3.12.19): Overcoming a Failed Adoption

Are you thinking about adopting?  Have you checked out your local adoption centers? Maybe you have been working with an adoption agency, but have decided to look into adoption in Michigan. We can help. Following is a transcript from our adoption focus podcast that aired 3.12.19. Although it is entitled  "Overcoming a Failed Adoption" it also points out the importance of finding a reputable agency. [...]

Spring Staycation This Year?

If you're planning to stay here in the Grand Rapids area over Spring Break, Adoptive Family Support Network (AFSN) has you covered with discounted rates! Check out these local events. Tickets go live March 21st at 10 a.m. FAMILY OPEN SWIM  April 1st, 3rd, & 4th, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wealthy Street Pool, 1961 Lake Dr., East Grand Rapids, MI 49506 Mention AFSN at [...]

How Do I Handle Lying?

Knowing how best to handle lying is often a significant challenge for adoptive and foster parents. In the fourth video of this series originally posted on, watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis and Michael Monroe offer insights to help parents effectively respond to lying while remaining connected with their child.

BLOGTALK RADIO (Airdate: 9.12.17 – Knowing the Birth Mother

Airdate: 9.12.17  Knowing the Birth Mother You can read the transcript below, or you can listen to the podcast by clicking here. Recorded Female: Blog Talk Radio. 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 and [...]

Why Won’t My Child Act His Age?

In response to meltdowns, emotional outbursts, extreme neediness, and many other behavioral challenges, adoptive and foster parents are often left asking: “Why won’t my child act his or her age?” In the third video of this series originally posted on, watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis and Michael Monroe address this important question, offering insight about the needs of adoptive and foster children and how [...]

2019 Family Fun Event – Mother’s Day weekend!

We would love it if you join us for our 8th annual Touched by Adoption 5k on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 8:30 am - 11:30 am!  This family-fun event is filled with awesome activities the whole family will enjoy! The kids fun run is free for kids age 14 and under and begins at 9:00 am. The 5K Run/Walk begins at 9:30 am. Try [...]