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  • CoquatMom

    Topic: Perceptions of Competence and Satisfaction in Parenting

        1) Married mom who adopted her first child that is now between 5 and 18 years.

  • CoquatMom
    Still Needing Married, Adoptive Moms

    Please consider participating in a PhD research study on perceptions of competence and satisfaction in parenting.

    Eligible participants are married mothers who have an adopted first child that is…

  • CoquatMom
    Research Study Opportunity


    Mothers…. please consider participation in a dissertation research study that will examine perceptions of parental competence and satisfaction for mothers of adopted or…

  • Taetortot

    We have a 7 yr. old that we have had from birth through our state DHS. Our child has siblings but he does not know about them. Recently the birth…

  • tyreak

    I am a 16 year old Jamaica boy that wants to be adopted into a stable,loving home with a loving mom or dad that only wants to see me succed…

  • Nancy D.
    I am looking for a 'sister' for my adopted only child!

    I am so concerned about my child who is adopted and an only child. She actually has 8 biological siblings none of whom want to be bothered with any one…

  • K.MOM
    When do you move on?

    The question I have is when do you accept and move on?

    My husband and I had three long adoption experiences…1) About two years ago, we adopted a baby boy.…

  • Barbara Herel
    It’s Not Too Early To Start Talking About Post-Adoption Contact

    Hey one-child wonders!

    Here’s my latest Adoptimist article on post-adoption contact…

    Would love to hear your thoughts, advice as well.

    Barbara aka Improv Mom

  • Barbara Herel
    Call for Participants for Open Adoption Documentary

    This is not a casting call for a reality television show.

    This is a call for participants to be part of a genuine, frank, and heartfelt domestic adoption documentary offering perspectives from each side of the Triad. It will be produced with the utmost respect for every person involved.   

    More than ever before open adoption is being portrayed in mainstream media. The bad news is that portrayal does little to shed light on the well-entrenched myths about domestic adoption.

    With storylines from popular television shows such as Glee and so-called “expert” interviews (like on the Today show), there is still very little understanding about what an open adoption is and how it benefits our children. What’s more, in the recent light of TLC’s extremely disappointing Birth Mothers “documentary,” which felt more like an episode of The Jersey Shore, it begs the question Where is the respect and compassion for birthmothers? I think it’s time for an open adoption reality check. 

    Looking to hear from: Birthmothers, birthfathers, adoptive mothers, adoptive fathers, and adults who were adopted domestically to share their open adoption experiences. Ideally looking for people located in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. 

    Very important note: All adoptions must be finalized. 

    To be considered: Please videotape yourself sharing one specific moment in your open adoption experience. Examples are below. Be sure to include your name (first name is fine) and how many years has it been since you made an adoption plan for your child, or adopted your child.

    How did you feel as you relinquished your parental rights?
    What led you to the decision to create an adoption plan for your baby?
    If you’ve been subjected to a thoughtless comment such as “Don’t you love your child?” how did you respond?”
    How did you feel during your first open adoption visit?
    When did you know adoption was the right choice for you?
    How did you feel when meeting/talking to your child’s birthmother for the first time?
    If you’ve been subjected to a thoughtless comment such as, “Can’t have children of your own?” how did you respond?
    What words come to mind when describing how you feel about your child’s birthmother and/or father?
    What do you think is the biggest misconception about open adoption?
    What do you think is the biggest misconception about birthmothers? 

    Post your video to youtube and send the link to:
    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    A little about me: Hi, I’m Barbara Herel and I write a blog for, brought to you by the editors of Adoptive Families Magazine, called Improv Mom. (You can take a read at—

    My husband, Tony, and I have an open adoption with our daughter’s biological mother. Last year, we had our very first return visit and look forward to the next trip.

    Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing your adoption story.

    My best,

  • Valeking

    I was adopted from Russia at the age of seven and am interested in learning how other children adopted from Eastern Europe are performing academically.  Currently, I preparing for my…

  • LizLee
    that question again...when will you adopt another?

    Does anyone else belong to multiple discussion boards? I have been reading LONG posts on the international/transracial forums about how to raise a “racially correct” and/or “racially stable” child and…

  • LizLee

    Thank you for starting this group. I would like very much to talk to anyone raising (or planning on raising) an only child. I am an only child, so is…

  • Danielle Pennel

    No matter what stage of the adoption process you are in, wee glad you are here to share your experiences with us and other members in this adoption support group.

    You can also follow along with our adoption bloggers and post your favorite photos of your kids.

    Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make AdoptiveFamiliesCircle better for you! Send us an e-mail at community @adoptivefamiliescom..

    Now get the group started by introducing yourselves!

    ͵he Editors of Adoptive Families and AdoptiveFamiliesCircle

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