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1
Jul

Meet Adoptive Families Near You!

Ever wanted to meet up with other families who have adopted children? Or families who are also waiting for “the call”? Our Adoptive Family Picnics have been a great opportunity for adoptive parents and adoptees alike to share advice and connect with each other. After one of our picnics in Pennsylvania, Adoptive Family Coordinator Mike Aguilar shared how inspiring it was to see everyone come together:

“It’s amazing to not only put faces to the names that we interact with but also to see how grateful they are for our services,” he said. “And it’s so great to watch them interact with other adoptive families and bond over their shared experiences.”

But the highlight for everyone in attendance is definitely the kids. Adoptive Family Specialist Kathie Hoffmann overheard one girl say, Mommy, are all these other kids just like me? Another little girl’s main goal was to make new friends who were adopted. And when she did meet another girl around her age, they were instant friends!

“It was one of the coolest things I’ve experienced in the six years I’ve been working here,” Kathie says.

For 2016, our Adoptive Family Picnic dates are:

  • Saturday, July 9th – Pennsylvania
  • Saturday, July 23rd – Kansas

All adoptive families, no matter where they are in the adoption process are welcome to attend. Please join us for an afternoon of fun while connecting with other adoptive families near you!

Watch the video below to see more from one of our Adoptive Family Picnic in Kansas:

To find the most updated information on American Adoptions’ events, subscribe to our newsletter or visit our seminar page!

2
Sep

Upcoming Fall Seminars and Picnics

Website PhotosAs the summer comes to a close, we are gearing up for our fall lineup of Adoption 101 Seminars and Adoptive Family Picnics. There are only a few left for the rest of the year, so don’t miss your chance to learn more about the adoption process or meet other adoptive families in your area!

Adoption 101 Seminars

Our Adoption 101 Seminars are for adoptive families entering the adoption process who are looking for general information to help them decide between domestic adoption and international or foster care adoption. An Adoptive Family Coordinator will also go over how much an adoption might cost and the advantages of using American Adoptions over another adoption professional. One of the highlights of our Adoption 101 Seminars is a Q&A session with an adoptive family and sometimes even an Adoptive Family Specialist. No matter where we travel across the country, we like to have this Q&A time for our families from folks who have been in their shoes!

Watch the video below for more information and then see our upcoming seminar dates for the fall!

Below is our fall lineup of Adoption 101 Seminars: 

  • Florida – Saturday, September 19th
  • Missouri – Saturday, September 26th
  • Pennsylvania – Saturday, October 3rd
  • Texas – Saturday, October 17th
  • Florida – Saturday, November 14th

Adoptive Family Picnics

Ever wanted to meet up with other families who have adopted children? Our Adoptive Family Picnics, now in their third year, have been a great opportunity for adoptive parents and adoptees alike to share advice and connect with each other. After our October Picnic in Pennsylvania, Adoptive Family Coordinator Mike Aguilar shared how inspiring it was to see everyone come together:

“It’s amazing to not only put faces to the names that we interact with but also to see how grateful they are for our services,” he said. “And it’s so great to watch them interact with other adoptive families and bond over their shared experiences.”

But the highlight for everyone in attendance is definitely the kids. Adoptive Family Specialist Kathie Hoffmann overheard one girl say, “Mommy, are all these other kids just like me?” Another little girl’s main goal was to make new friends who were adopted. And when she did meet another girl around her age, they were instant friends!

“It was one of the coolest things I’ve experienced in the six years I’ve been working here,” Kathie says.

The remaining picnic dates for this year are:

  • Doyelstown, Pennsylvania – Saturday, October 3rd
  • Tierra Verde, Florida – Saturday, October 3rd

Watch the video below to see more from our 2014 Adoptive Family Picnic in Kansas:

To find the most updated information on American Adoptions’ variety of seminars and events, subscribe to our newsletter or visit our seminar page!

21
Nov

Saturday is National Adoption Day!

Kirk, Kristin and Benjamin - November 2014One of the highlights of National Adoption Month is National Adoption Day, which is tomorrow, Saturday, November 22nd!

Through the grassroots efforts of adoption professionals, adoptive families, law firms, state foster care agencies, child advocates and courts, National Adoption Day has become a special day in which courts open their doors and finalize the adoptions of children from foster care. National Adoption Day – which is always held the Saturday before Thanksgiving – makes a special push to get children into permanent homes before the holidays! Since it began in 2000, almost 50,000 children have had their adoptions finalized on National Adoption Day – 4,500 children in 2013 alone!

But National Adoption Day isn’t only for those who adopt through the foster care system. Families everywhere celebrate the blessing that adoption is in their lives on this day each year. This month we’ve asked our families to share their finalization photos, celebrating the moment they officially became a family. You can see the album on facebook, and if you still want to submit your own photo, email us at editors@americanadoptions.com.

Here are some other ideas for celebrating National Adoption Day and the rest of National Adoption Month in your community:

  • Ask your local library to create a display of adoption books in honor of National Adoption Month. If your library hosts a children’s story hour, ask that they read a children’s book about adoption this month – if you have a favorite story, suggest it to them!
  • Ask your local schools to recognize National Adoption Month. Have teachers read adoption-themed books during story time, or incorporate a lesson about adoption into their lesson plan. You may also wish to take the opportunity to educate the teachers about appropriate adoption language!
  • Write a letter to your local newspaper or television news station asking them to do an adoption story in honor of National Adoption Month. If you or someone you know has an inspiring adoption story to tell, share it with them.
  • Get together with other adoptive families, friends, neighbors, etc. and have an Adoption Day party. Blow up balloons, have a potluck dinner and celebrate your family and the thousands of other families across the U.S. who are touched by adoption.
  •  If you are an adoptive family that shares correspondence with your child’s birth parents, make a special card, send a heartfelt note or simply send them fun new photographs of your child(ren) enjoying fall. National Adoption Month is a time to recognize birth parents, as well.
  • Pick a day in November and take a family photo each year on that day. Keep the photos in a special photo album.
  • Create a scrapbook for your child or, if you are a waiting family, begin one for your future child. If available, include photos of your child the day they were born, photos of the birth parents, etc. As your child grows, they can help you add pages to their scrapbook. It will also help you share their adoption story with them as they grow.
  • Ask your church, synagogue or other religious institution to recognize National Adoption Month by speaking about adoption or recognizing adoptive families and waiting families during an upcoming service.
  •  If you have already adopted a child, send a recent family picture to your agency or attorney!
  • Attend or host a National Adoption Day event in your area! Find information at the National Adoption Day website.
  • Learn more about National Adoption Day in the infographic below.

If you’re doing something special for National Adoption Day, we’d love to hear about it! Email us at editors@americanadoptions.com.

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17
Nov

Highlighting Our Adoption Seminars and Events!

Website PhotosLast weekend, we had our final Adoption 101 Seminar and Adoptive Family Picnic for the year! As we celebrate National Adoption Month and look toward next year, we wanted to highlight our different seminars and their benefits.

Adoption 101 Seminars

Our Adoption 101 Seminars are for adoptive families entering the adoption process who are looking for general information to help them decide between domestic adoption versus international or foster care adoption. An Adoptive Family Coordinator will also go over how much an adoption might cost and the advantages of using American Adoptions over another adoption professional. One of the highlights of our Adoption 101 Seminars is a Q&A session with an adoptive family and sometimes even an Adoptive Family Specialist. No matter where we travel across the country, we like to have this Q&A time for our families from folks who have been in their shoes! Our Adoptive Family Coordinators really enjoy the opportunity to connect with our families.

“I enjoy doing seminars because I like helping people. Some of the people that we meet at the seminars have been through a lot by the time they get to the point where they are learning about domestic adoption with a national agency. Sometimes its fertility treatments, sometimes its failed adoptions with other agencies, and a lot of times it’s a combination of emotional and financial loss that they have suffered. It’s good to know that you can help these people,” says Jason Tabuchi, Adoptive Family Coordinator

Watch the video below for more information and then see our projected seminar dates for 2015!

Below is a list of our 2015 projected Adoption 101 Seminars across the country:

  • January – Kansas (Date Confirmed: 1/17)
  • February – Virginia and Tennessee
  • March – Missouri and Northern California
  • April – Florida and Arizona
  • May – Southern California
  • June – Massachusetts and Kansas
  • July – North Carolina and Missouri
  • August – Wisconsin
  • September – Florida and Pennsylvania
  • October – Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado
  • November – Texas and Florida

Adoption Tele-Seminars

Our tele-seminars are just like our Adoption 101 seminars – except that you can dial in from the convenience of your home! Tele-seminars, which happen at least once monthly during the evening, allow you to ask questions of an Adoptive Family Coordinator. Should you have further questions, we can connect you with one of our adoptive families who can share their own experience of going through the adoption process.

Can’t find a tele-seminar date that works for you? Let us know! We can specially schedule a time to chat with you whenever is convenient! Just email AF.Coordinators@americanadoptions.com.

Adoptive Family Picnics

Ever wanted to meet up with other families who have adopted children? Our Adoptive Family Picnics, now in their second year, have been a great opportunity for adoptive parents and adoptees alike to share advice and connect with each other. After our October Picnic in Pennsylvania, Adoptive Family Coordinator Mike Aguilar shared how inspiring it was to see everyone come together:

“It’s amazing to not only put faces to the names that we interact with but also to see how grateful they are for our services,” he said. “And it’s so great to watch them interact with other adoptive families and bond over their shared experiences.”

But the highlight for everyone in attendance is definitely the kids. Adoptive Family Specialist Kathie Hoffmann overheard one girl say, Mommy, are all these other kids just like me? Another little girl’s main goal was to make new friends who were adopted. And when she did meet another girl around her age, they were instant friends!

“It was one of the coolest things I’ve experienced in the six years I’ve been working here,” Kathie says.

For 2015, our projected Adoptive Family Picnic dates are:

  • May – Southern California
  • June – Kansas
  • September – Pennsylvania
  • November – Florida

Watch the video below to see more from our Adoptive Family Picnic in Kansas this past June:

To find the most updated information on American Adoptions’ variety of seminars and events, subscribe to our newsletter or visit our seminar page!

13
Nov

Supporting Sibling Connections in Foster Care

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For AdoptUsKids and Child Welfare Information Gateway, National Adoption Month is a special opportunity to raise awareness for more than 100,000 children in the U.S. foster care system who are waiting for the love and stability of a safe, permanent home.

Each year, those entities select a theme to rally behind all month long. This year’s National Adoption Month theme – “Promoting and Supporting Sibling Connections” – pays tribute to the unique bond between siblings and highlights the role that strong sibling relationships play in children’s development and emotional well-being.

Reading stories from families who were able to keep siblings together or appeals from brothers and sisters who want to stay together really drives home the importance of these siblings bonds. Read a few of such stories below to see this for yourself:

Since 2002, nearly 10,000 siblings photolisted on adoptuskids.org have found families. For sibling groups in foster care that are available for adoption and don’t have an identified placement, the AdoptUSKids website can be a useful tool in finding prospective families. AdoptUSKids is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Administration for Children and Families. See the infographic below for more information.

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This afternoon (Thursday, November 13th) at 1 p.m. eastern time, AdoptUSKids National Project Director Kathy Ledesma will be responding to questions about foster care adoption during a one-hour live Q&A session on the AdoptUSKids Facebook page. Follow that link to participate or simply learn more about foster care.

21
Oct

Our First Pennsylvania Adoptive Family Picnic

Nearly 200 gathered to celebrate adoption – thanks for attending!

Last month, a number of our staff members traveled to Pennsylvania to attend our second Adoptive Family Picnic of the year. Nearly 200 people were in attendance, and our staff and families alike enjoyed getting together to celebrate adoption in their lives.

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“I had goosebumps all day,” said Adoptive Family Specialist Kathie Hoffmann. “It was cool to see so many kids in one place who had so many things in common.”

Kathie, who was previously a Birth Parent Specialist, had the opportunity to meet a family who she’d assisted as a Birth Parent Specialist during their first adoption and as their Adoptive Family Specialist on their second adoption, bringing everything full circle. Seeing older kids with their adoptive families and how they interacted with each other was especially rewarding for Kathie.

“I can tell the birth mother how well they’re doing, and it’s so much more than a letter could express,” she said.

Kathie also enjoyed seeing families who begin the process with such sadness and devastation find peace in the child they’ve adopted.

Adoptive Family Coordinator Mike Aguilar shared how inspiring it was to see everyone come together.

“It’s amazing to not only put faces to the names that we interact with but also to see how grateful they are for our services,” he said. “And it’s so great to watch them interact with other adoptive families and bond over their shared experiences.”

But the highlight for everyone in attendance was definitely the kids. Kathie overheard one girl say, Mommy, are all these other kids just like me? Another little girl’s main goal was to make new friends who were adopted. And when she did meet another girl around her age, they were instant friends!

“It was one of the coolest things I’ve experienced in the six years I’ve been working here,” Kathie said.

To learn more about Adoptive Family Picnics, watch the video below from our Kansas City Picnic in June. Below you’ll find information for our final Adoptive Family Picnic in 2014. And stay tuned for more events next spring!

We still have one more picnic this year: Orlando, Florida on November 15th. Visit our site to learn more!

9
Jan

DC-Area Adoption Seminar in March

Website PhotosCome see us in McLean, VA in the Washingon, D.C. area on March 8th for an Adoption 101 Seminar! 

Curious about domestic adoption? Wonder if American Adoptions can help you add to your family? American Adoptions will answer all of your questions and more at our free adoption seminar for adoptive families in Orlando. Topics of discussion include:

  • The differences between domestic, international and state adoption
  • American Adoptions’ advantages over other adoption professionals
  • Details on the domestic adoption process
  • Common myths concerning domestic adoption

Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of an adoptive family that adopted through American Adoptions.

Washington, DC Adoption SeminarDate: Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Where: Hilton McLean – Tyson’s Corner
7920 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 2210

Notes: There is no cost for this seminar; however, pre-registration is required. To pre-register, email Justin King at Justin@americanadoptions.com or call 1-800-ADOPTION. Please provide your name, phone number(s) and how many will be attending. Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding our seminars for adoptive families as well.

 

9
Jan

Phoenix Adoption Seminar in February

Adoptive Family SeminarWe’ll be giving a free Adoption 101 Seminar for adoptive families in Phoenix, AZ on February 22nd! 

If you’re considering adoption to make your dreams of parenting come true, American Adoptions can answer your questions at our free adoption seminar for adoptive families in Phoenix. Topics of discussion will include:

  • The differences between domestic, international and state adoption
  • American Adoptions’ advantages over other adoption professionals
  • Details on the domestic adoption process
  • Common myths concerning domestic adoption

Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of an adoptive family that adopted through American Adoptions. These families volunteer their time because they’re passionate about adoption. Read what our Adoptive Family Coordinators shared love about doing adoptive family seminars too!

Arizona Adoption SeminarDate: Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Where: Hilton Phoenix Airport
2435 South 47th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Notes: Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, email Justin King at Justin@americanadoptions.com or call 1-800-ADOPTION. Please provide your name, phone number(s) and how many will be attending. Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding our seminars for adoptive families as well.

18
Dec

Missouri Adoption Seminar in March

Adoptive Families SeminarCome March, we’ll be visiting St. Louis to meet with adoptive families for a free Adoption 101 Seminar.

If you’re considering adoption to grow your family, American Adoptions can answer your questions at our free adoption seminar for adoptive families in Orlando. Topics of discussion will include:

  • The differences between domestic, international and state adoption
  • American Adoptions’ advantages over other adoption professionals
  • Details on the domestic adoption process
  • Common myths concerning domestic adoption

Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of an adoptive family that adopted through American Adoptions. These families volunteer their time because they’re passionate about adoption. Just last month, our Adoptive Family Coordinators shared what they love about doing adoptive family seminars too!

Missouri Seminar for Adoptive FamiliesDate: Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST

Where: Marriott St. Louis West
660 Maryville Centre Drive
St. Louis, MO 63141

Notes: There is no cost for this seminar; however, pre-registration is required. To pre-register, email Jason Tabuchi (Jason.T@americanadoptions.com) or call 1-800-ADOPTION. Please provide your name, phone number(s) and how many will be attending. Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding our seminars for adoptive families as well.

18
Dec

Kansas Adoption Seminar in January

Website PhotosWe’re ringing in the New Year with an Adoption 101 Seminar in Overland Park, KS

No matter where you are in your preliminary adoption research, American Adoptions can answer all of your questions at our free adoption seminar for adoptive families in Orlando. Topics of discussion include:

  • The differences between domestic, international and state adoption
  • American Adoptions’ advantages over other adoption professionals
  • Details on the domestic adoption process
  • Common myths concerning domestic adoption

Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of an adoptive family that adopted through American Adoptions. These families volunteer their time because they’re passionate about adoption. Just last month, our Adoptive Family Coordinators shared what they love about doing adoptive family seminars too!

Kansas Seminar for Adoptive FamiliesDate: Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST

Where: The Marriott
10800 Metcalf Ave.
Overland Park, KS 66210

Notes: There is no cost for this seminar; however, pre-registration is required. To pre-register, email Jason Tabuchi Jason.T@americanadoptions.com or call 1-800-ADOPTION. Please provide your name, phone number(s) and how many will be attending. Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding our seminars for adoptive families as well.

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