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Ways to Form Secure Attachment

April 13th, 2016|Adoptive Parents, Child and Toddler Adoptions, Graceful Adoptions|

Cocooning: For the first few weeks, limit others from feeding, holding, bathing the baby.  If family and friends come to help, ask them to help with the laundry, cooking, dishes, washing bottles, etc. Body Contact: [...]

Adoption and Attachment

April 1st, 2016|Adoptive Parents, Child and Toddler Adoptions, Graceful Adoptions|

What is attachment? Attachment is a reciprocal process by which an emotional connection develops between an infant and his/her primary caregiver. Why is attachment so important? Children who have a secure attachment as a one-year-old [...]

10 Things Every Birth Mother Wants Adoptive Parents to Know

February 3rd, 2016|Adoptive Parents, Birth Parents, Child and Toddler Adoptions, Graceful Adoptions|

In my research I came across Patricia Dischler who is an author, speaker, child care professional and birth mother. She wrote this great list titled, “10 Things Every Birth Mother Wants Adoptive Parents to Know.” [...]

Birth and Adoptive Parent Relationships

January 26th, 2016|Adoptive Parents, Birth Parents, Child and Toddler Adoptions, Graceful Adoptions|

I read in a book, “The Open Adoption Experience,” that adoption is a relationship, not an institution or a process. That really resonated with me. The Open Adoption Experience book. According to a [...]

Selecting the best adoption agency for you

January 11th, 2016|Adoptive Parents, Birth Parents, Child and Toddler Adoptions, Graceful Adoptions|

When researching which agency would work best for me as a birthmother I was overwhelmed. I had a spreadsheet with all kinds of columns and questions. Above is a picture of myself and Karen Nissly, [...]

Amy’s Story Part Three: Choosing and Meeting the Family

December 19th, 2015|Adoptive Parents, Birth Parents, Child and Toddler Adoptions, Graceful Adoptions|

The day finally came that I got to speak with Amy and Lee. I had butterflies in my stomach all day. I was so nervous but excited all at the same time. The Graceful Adoptions [...]

Amy’s Story Part Two: Choosing Adoption

December 18th, 2015|Adoptive Parents, Birth Parents, Child and Toddler Adoptions, Graceful Adoptions|

I couldn't do it. Ending my unborn daughter’s life because I ruined my own wasn't fair. But what else could I do? I was lost. I ran back to my mother. She listened to my [...]

Introducing new blogger: Jacqueline Leeker

December 2nd, 2015|Birth Parents, Graceful Adoptions|

http://www.viagragenericoes24.com/viagra-presentaciones-comerciales Hello everyone! I ‘m excited to introduce myself as the newest blogger for Graceful Adoptions. I’m a birth mother and also an adoptee. I chose Graceful Adoptions as the agency to help me place my daughter [...]

Mom to Mom: The adoption journey of one birth mother and one adoptive family: Chapter 8

August 14th, 2014|Adoptive Parents, Birth Parents, Child and Toddler Adoptions, Graceful Adoptions|

We were filled with so many emotions as we travelled on that cold January day to a hospital several states away from our own. The whole drive I was texting with Macy regarding how she [...]

Mom to Mom: The adoption journey of one birth mother and one adoptive family: Chapter 7

July 1st, 2014|Adoptive Parents, Child and Toddler Adoptions, Graceful Adoptions|

That first night Macy, Josh and I went to eat at a local restaurant where we immediately started talking about all of our common interests. After the initial breaking of the ice, it seemed like [...]

Mom to Mom: The adoption journey of one birth mother and one adoptive family: Chapter 6

June 10th, 2014|Adoptive Parents, Child and Toddler Adoptions, Graceful Adoptions|

It was an afternoon in late October. I was cleaning out closets when I heard the phone ring and message playing. It was Karen with Graceful Adoptions. She said they were working with a mother [...]

Mom to Mom: The adoption journey of one birth mother and one adoptive family: Chapter 5

June 2nd, 2014|Birth Parents, Child and Toddler Adoptions, Graceful Adoptions|

Due to the sensitive nature of this birth mother’s back story, her name has been changed to protect her and other’s identity.   It was late September when I started talking with the Graceful Adoptions’ [...]

Mom to Mom: The adoption journey of one birth mother and one adoptive family: Chapter 4

April 29th, 2014|Birth Parents, Graceful Adoptions|

Due to the sensitive nature of this birth mother’s back story, her name has been changed to protect her and other’s identity.   I hadn’t been tracking my period as I was in survival mode [...]

Mom to Mom: The adoption journey of one birth mother and one adoptive family: Chapter 3

April 16th, 2014|Adoptive Parents, Graceful Adoptions|

There are some people who think women who place a child for adoption don’t love their child. But we know that isn’t true. We know that adoption is about a mother’s unselfish sacrificing love for [...]

Mom to Mom: The adoption journey of one birth mother and one adoptive family: Chapter 2

March 26th, 2014|Birth Parents, Child and Toddler Adoptions, Graceful Adoptions|

Due to the sensitive nature of this birth mother’s back story, her name has been changed to protect her and other’s identity.   Hi! My name is Macy, I’m 19 years old. I recently placed [...]

Mom to Mom: The adoption journey of one birth mother and one adoptive family: Chapter 1

March 17th, 2014|Adoptive Parents, Graceful Adoptions|

Hi I’m Heather. I’m 30 years old, have been married to my one true love for over 6 years and I’m a new mom to a perfectly beautiful baby boy. On paper it sounds like [...]

Adoptive Parents and Birth Mothers: Understanding how the best day of your life can be the worst day of theirs

March 12th, 2014|Adoptive Parents, Birth Parents, Graceful Adoptions|

It’s often said that the day your child is born is the happiest day of your life and for most parents that is true. Except for mothers who are placing their child for adoption. On [...]

Leo’s First Birthday: How We’ve Kept Our Promise To His Birth Mother

February 7th, 2014|Adoptive Parents, Birth Parents, Graceful Adoptions|

This is a guest post, written by Brian and Kristen Doud, Adoptive Parents. It was a simple commitment really. When we first spoke to Callie on the phone we told her that if she chose [...]