Birth Parent’s Bill of Rights

If you’re pregnant and thinking about adoption, are facing an unplanned pregnancy and not sure what to do, are wondering about finding a family for your baby, or looking for an adoption agency in Michigan, we’re here for you! We take our responsibility to provide you with the very best service so seriously that we created our own Bill of Rights for birth parents: Birth [...]

Birth Parent’s Bill of Rights 2019-05-23T14:14:50-04:00

Appreciation For All Mothers

Last weekend was Mothers Day  - always a holiday filled with a range of emotions. As an adoption agency in Michigan, we’re constantly encountering those emotions related to: an unplanned pregnancy; making an adoption plan for baby; infertility; wanting to grow my family by adoption; etc. Our pastor read a version of the prayer below in church; I think it captures a lot of what [...]

Appreciation For All Mothers 2019-05-15T14:27:28-04:00

Let’s Spread the Word

I just found out I’m pregnant and don’t know what to do. My boyfriend is telling me to get an abortion; my mom is telling me I have to keep the baby because it’s my responsibility. I’m not ready to be a mom! I can’t do this alone! I don’t really want to get an abortion, but I don’t have any other options. I heard [...]

Let’s Spread the Word 2019-05-02T13:56:44-04:00

Changing the Narrative

I can’t take care of another baby I want to give up my baby for adoption  I can’t afford an abortion It’s too late to get an abortion I can’t keep my baby I can’t afford another baby I don’t have any support to take care of this baby These are just a handful of the statements we hear from women contacting us about adoption [...]

Changing the Narrative 2019-04-24T14:13:26-04:00

Family Fun Event and Annual 5k – 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!  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. Try the Virtual 5k option if you aren’t able to make it there in person. You get to run your own [...]

Family Fun Event and Annual 5k – Mother’s Day weekend! 2019-04-15T14:14:14-04:00

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! [...]

Freeland Food Truck Face-Off 2019-04-08T15:22:53-04:00

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 EmpoweredToConnect.org, 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 [...]

How Do I Find the Right Professional to Help Us? 2019-03-29T18:07:04-04:00

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 [...]

Spring Staycation This Year? 2019-04-08T15:23:58-04:00

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 EmpoweredToConnect.org, watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis and Michael Monroe offer insights to help parents effectively respond to lying while remaining connected with their child.

How Do I Handle Lying? 2019-03-08T12:16:54-04:00

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 EmpoweredToConnect.org, watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis and Michael Monroe address this important question, offering insight about the needs of adoptive and foster children and how [...]

Why Won’t My Child Act His Age? 2019-02-25T17:10:27-04:00