Adoption Referrals & Expectant Mother Matches


Receiving an international adoption referral or matching with an expectant mother is an exciting step on your adoption process. Learn what to expect in a referral, and how to navigate the match period, in the expert articles and personal stories below.

Adopting with a Mental Health Disorder

“Motherhood in the Balance”

I sat at the kitchen table, holding the phone receiver as I waited for Nancy, our social worker at the adoption agency, to come on the line. How could I tell her that I had just been diagnosed with bipolar disorder?

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A family sitting together happily after accepting an adoption referral

“Each Stage of Adopting our Miracle ‘Rainbow Baby'”

Sometimes life doesn't live up to your hopes; at other times, it surpasses them. When my wife and I got the call, life went beyond my wildest dreams.

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Baby adoption vs. older child adoption.

Choosing Which Age Group to Adopt

For lots of adoptive parents, the hardest part of the process is the “choice" — particularly what age they should adopt.

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Birth Parent Rights

Expectant and Birth Parent Rights

Openness in adoption should begin long before the expectant mother and adoptive family navigate ongoing contact. An agency and an attorney discuss best practices for working with prospective birth parents.

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A family successfully formed after a failed match

“From Heartbreak to Hope”

When our first adoption match fell through, we were devastated.

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

Finding an Expectant Mother Match

How you go about searching for your child’s birth mother will depend on what you feel comfortable with.

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An African-American couple on the computer creating an adoption profile

Tips for Creating Your Profile from Birth Mothers

When creating your family profile, be authentic.

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