The Awakened Family, A Book Review

February 1st, 2017

12:00 AM

The Awakened Family, by Dr. Shefali Tsabary - A Book Review
By Mary Huron Hunter

For those of us who were raised in a generation of families where our experiences as children were often invalidated and met with intolerance by our more unconscious caregivers, we may find ourselves triggered as parents.The awakened family, dr shefali, parenting adopted kidsRead More >

Making the BEST of the Adoption Wait...

January 20th, 2017

12:00 AM

by Colleen

They say, "Good things come to those who wait." Just don't say that to someone waiting to adopt! 

Pregnant friends and family knew approximately when their family life would begin. The adoption wait is such a roller coaster. I hated hearing "It will be worth the wait", "Good things come to those who wait" and "Enjoy this time because kids are hard work." I waited with baited breath f…

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Tips for Waiting Parents - Adoption Training

May 11th, 2016

12:00 AM

By Leslie Wade, MSW, MPA, Adoptive Family Caseworker

Often times as an Adoptive Family Case Worker I am asked by prospective adoptive families why Adoption Options requires their waiting families to participate in numerous hours of training.  

My answer to this question is fairly simple; Adoption Options wants every family to be successful.   waiting adoptive families, tips for waiting families, training…
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How old is too old to adopt?

May 4th, 2016

12:00 AM

By Courtney Empson-Whaley, Flexible Families Case Manager

Many potential adoptive families find themselves in the great debate of, "How old is too old? Can we parent an older child?" 

If you have had this thought, you are not alone. 

Adoption Options works to answer these questions not only for families but for the kids out there who deserve a great family. Our Flexible Families program works to prove that a child can never be "too old…

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What is a home study and why do I need to do one?

April 15th, 2016

12:00 AM

By Carol Holliday Lawson, Adoptive Family Caseworker/Consultant  

This is one of the primary questions of prospective adoptive families.  Most of the people reading this newsletter will have already had a home study, but this may clarify for you why some questions were asked.  This is also speaking to the people that are thinking about adoption, but haven't yet gone through the process. 

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adoption home study

Tips for Parenting from Foster Care

March 31st, 2016

12:00 AM

By Jessica Keating, MSW, Flexible Families Caseworker


  1. Be compassionate: Parenting is hard work and emotionally trying, but it is also …

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An Adoptive Family's Perspective - The WAIT

February 14th, 2016

12:00 AM

By Pam, Adoptive Parent

My husband John and I started our adoption journey in 2009.  What we were told would be a 12-18 month wait, turned into a 3.5 year test of our patience.  

The first year went quickly, but by the year and a half mark, we started getting antsy.  By the third year, our patience almost ran out.  Keeping ourselves busy, helped keep our mind off the "what if's" of waiting and helped keep the negative thoughts…

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Happy New Year & Happy 35th birthday to Adoption Options!

January 31st, 2016

12:00 AM

by Adrienne Elliott, Executive Director

I am super excited about this year because we have so many great things planned to continue moving the agency forward and to bring lots of children and families together.  

Not only that, but this year is our 35th birthday celebration since the agency was founded. But before looking at this year, let's recap 2015 which was a year of change for the agency, some things good and others not so good.  <…

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Out of the Box

September 29th, 2015

12:00 AM

By Courtney Empsom-Whaley, Flexible Families Case Manager, Adoption Options
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In the Flexible Families program we, at times, challenge families to step "out of the box" when thinking about the right child for their home. In some cases a family finds that out of the box is just where they need …

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My Wish Come True

December 29th, 2014

04:00 PM

Guest blogger: Darlene, Adoptive Mother

I really wasn’t sure what a private adoption agency would think of me and my hope and dream of becoming a single mother.  I had been through so much the previous few years that I was prepared for rejection, but that is not what I received.  Instead, the Director, Adrienne Elliott, a…

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