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The Evolution of Open Adoption

There was a time when adoption was a closely guarded secret. When a woman found herself pregnant and unmarried, she was often shamed and hidden from her social circles. Families of teenagers and women in their twenties would make arrangements for the birthmother to travel out of state to live with extended family members or […]

Missouri Family Adopts Three, Receives Angels in Adoption Award

Missouri Congressman, Jason Smith, nominated Kendall and Laurie Clarkston for the Angels in Adoption Award that was given on Tuesday evening. He told of the Clarkston’s genuine example and definition of giving your heart and soul to children who need a forever family. Both Kendall and Laurie work as physicians in Willow Springs, MO. They […]

Family of Eight Adopts Three Special Needs Children

The Shupe Family is very unusual, but in a very good way! Mr. & Mrs. Shupe, two school teachers, met and married. He had three children and she had three children, so they were immediately a family of eight! Five years later, they began thinking about adopting a special needs child from another country and […]

Adoption Enriches the Lives of Many

Expectant parents and perspective adoptive parents consider adoption everyday.  Women who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy consider all of their options for their child.  Those who choose adoption love their children beyond measure and are searching for a family to love their child.  Perspective adoptive parents are yearning for a family and the child they […]

Searching for Biological Parents

Beginning the search for a biological parent may be confusing and difficult.  If information regarding the biological family is not available, the search may begin with a birth date and hospital.  Some states provide reunion registries that allow adopted children and biological parents to find each other.  Because privacy of each party is important, information […]

Abortion Alternatives

Give yourself the chance to look at all of your options.  Don’t be in a hurry to make a decision about your unplanned pregnancy.  Many women deeply regret the decision they made when they chose abortion. Adoption is a beautiful alternative to abortion.  Choosing life for your baby IS also choosing to be able to […]

U.S. Olympic Adoptee Searches for Family

Like many adoptees, Paige McPherson was curious and had strong feelings she needed to try and find her biological family.  When adoptees begin the search for their birth parents and biological families they never certain of what they will find. Before adoptees begin the search for birth parents and biological siblings, it is important that […]

Reality Star Shares Adoption Experience

Sometimes just knowing that someone else has walked in your shoes helps you to heal and move forward with your path to feeling whole again.  It may be someone you know personally, an acquaintance or someone you know as an athlete, movie star or in the media spotlight. Having someone to help you get through […]

Adopting? Get Informed

Adoption professionals caution perspective adoptive parents to get informed and educated before making their decisions about adoption.  When adoptive parents are choosing an adoption agency or professional, it is imperative that they do their homework, get references and have a comfortable feeling moving forward with the agency or adoption professional. The adoption agency or adoption […]

The Beauty of Open Adoption

…Unexpected pregnancy? With unexpected pregnancies, come decisions regarding your unborn child.  For many, the options of parenting and abortion come to mind while adoption may or may not. If you have never experienced adoption or been touched by adoption, it may seem to be an unlikely option.  Take the time to learn about adoption and […]