Referrals & Matches

A prospective adoptive mom reading adoption websites on her laptop computer

“Logging On for Love”

“Logging On for Love”

Many of us wonder if the Internet is the adoption wave of the future. Here's one family's story.

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A couple meeting with a pregnant woman, hoping to have a positive expectant mother match

Talking to Expectant Mothers Before a Match

We just completed our profile for potential birth mothers, and our agency told us to start expecting calls. How do we handle those first conversations?

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Declining an adoption referral is a difficult choice for adoptive parents

“Our Agonizing Decision to Decline a Referral”

We thought accepting a referral would be the easy part. It wasn’t.

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A happy father after his birth mother match

“Guarding My Heart During the Wait”

After years of grappling with infertility, I could only focus on what might go wrong during our (in hindsight) perfect match and my daughter's birth.

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Adoption vs. pregnancy doesn't matter when it comes to forming a loving family.

“Lessons Learned from a Failed Adoption Match”

When friends asked, I'd always assured them I wasn't sad that I hadn't given birth to my sons. A heartbreaking false start helped me see that I was truly at peace with that fact.

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Fear of Developmental Delays

“Bringing Him Home”

The medical report faxed to us said our son could "speak in full sentences" and proclaimed him healthy. So who was this eerily quiet toddler on the exam table?

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Two women navigating difficult relationships with birth mothers

“What No One Told Me”

When we first met our child's birth mother, we didn’t know what to talk about and what not to talk about, what might upset her or what she may or may not want to know about her child’s future with us.

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A nature scene in China, representing the mixed emotions of declining a referral in adoption

“Lost Daughter”

When we got our referral, we accepted it with joy. Soon after, however, we realized something wasn't right.

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