Monday, December 7, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Nine babies joined their adoptive families in the month of August after their birth mothers lovingly followed through with their plans for adoption. Some of these birth mothers had adoption planning in place early in their pregnancy and worked with one of AAI's pregnancy caseworkers for several weeks, selecting a family through agency profiles. A few others crossed paths with the adoptive couple and then came to AAI to request help in facilitating their adoption plan. One of our August birth mothers was courageous enough to recognize after just giving birth that adoption was the best plan for her baby even though she had no plans in place. She placed her little one through the Safe Delivery of Newborns law with one of our waiting families. Profile matches, networking and gift babies were all a part of August plans.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
What is the Safe Delivery of Newborns law?
To end the tragedy of unwanted newborns being hidden and left to die in dumpsters and elsewhere, Michigan lawmakers passed a law, effective January 1, 2001, to make it legal for a parent to surrender their infant in a safe and anonymous manner. The newborn must be surrendered to an emergency service provider, which includes a hospital, fire department, police station, EMT or paramedic. A criminal investigation will not be initiated solely based on a newborn being surrendered.
How is AAI involved?
Because Adoption Associates has established excellent relationships with many hospitals around Michigan, we are often the first ones they call. AAI receives a phone call from a hospital where either the mother has surrendered the baby or the baby was brought by another emergency service provider. AAI responds immediately by identifying a family (usually the longest waiting family that qualifies) and works closely with the hospital to ensure proper paperwork and legal protocol have been followed. The law requires that the surrender must be made of an unharmed infant within 72 hours of the birth. In most cases the adoptive family is notified and a linked meeting with an AAI caseworker is scheduled for the following day. The caseworker will present all known information and then make a trip with the family to the hospital. AAI will introduce the family to the baby where they can visit with the baby while waiting for discharge.
To date, AAI has placed 26 infants into loving homes just hours after being born through the Safe Delivery of Newborns law. We respect birth mothers who are able to lovingly make this safe choice for their newborns and honored to be a part of blessing families with these little ones.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Successful Adoption: A Guide for Christian Families, written by Natalie Nichols Gillespie, is an informative guide on adoption. The book guides the reader through the journey of adoption and offers further explanation and understanding by using symbols. For example a Red Stop Light are questions to consider, ask oneself, and pray about before taking action. Green light, Go! are action points to apply in the adoption journey. Though there are heart warming stories from adoptive parents, there is also a real depth in discovering the joys of ministry in orphan care and adoption. This book is a good read while you wait for your child.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Join with other domestic and international prospective adoptive parents on Monday, August 24 @ 6:00 pm at AAI's Meeting Room in Jenison, MI. The Meeting Room is right next to AAI's main building; the address is1352 Baldwin, Jenison, MI 49428. We expect the meeting to last about one to one and one half hours.
Our topic this quarter is Post Adoption Depression. Post Adoption Depression refers to a combination of symptoms related to depression, experienced by an adoptive parent and occurring once a child is placed in an adoptive family's home. The few scientific studies on PAD indicate that over half of adoptive mothers experience it (http://www.adoptionissues.org/post-adoption- depression.html).
Kurt Ellis, MA, LLP will be speaking on PAD, as well as a panel of two adoptive mothers who experienced Post Adoption Depression. We hope that you will join us to discuss this important topic!
Everyone is welcome to attend--those who have adopted already, and have children placed in their home, as well as those who are "waiting." We would like as many families to benefit from this meeting as possible. These meetings are a great way to connect with other families who have adopted, or who are in the process of adopting as well. Please contact your home study caseworker indicating that you are planning to attend and we will reserve a spot for you.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Summertime brings us halfway through 2009. Here are the happenings at AAI so far this year:
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
We are pleased to announce that six more couples have welcomed precious little ones into their hearts and homes in the month of June. Each adoption is unique. Each story is special. Our placements this month were marked like fingerprints - no two stories were alike...yet each one crafted by the Creator.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Here comes Father's Day... a hallmark day swirling with sentiment and emotion, but in the hallways of your heart this day is fragile. Emotions are high, but likely not the good feeling ones. Keep holding on, cling to the hope... Read an excerpt of Kip's story written from a new dad's perspective as he reflected back on the wait.
I have to admit after a year of waiting I was giving up and had let a couple of friends know how doubtful I was of the process and that I didn’t feel we would ever get picked. It seems like adoption has gotten so popular and it started feeling like there was no hope. It was difficult hearing all the stories people would tell you about when we would mention were in the process. Our faith is strong yet I was fading in the process. When we traveled to Traverse City with another couple for a long weekend I mentioned to them I was giving up and couldn’t bear the stresses of it anymore. In a sense, I had turned it over to God in my heart and low and behold ten days later we got the call from Jennifer the AAI social worker about our birth mom. She had chosen us to be the parents of her baby. I was shocked and all the doubt and fear subsided. It started a whole new process within me and boy did it. The anticipation and expectations soared. I knew we had a whole lot to do in a short window of three months. I myself had tried to not let it grab my heart, trying to hope for the best and be prepared for the worst. The wonderful opportunity being at the hospital for the actual birth was incredible. I myself kept pacing and was wondering “would she change her mind?” We were blessed with a blissful experience and praise to God for his blessing of a son. Life and the perspective now as a FATHER hit quick. I was so thankful I didn't give up. He was worth all the wait!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
There are opportunities for families interested in adopting an African-American infant. Because of our increased placement numbers of African American babies, AAI only has a handful of families waiting for such a little one with only three of these families being from Michigan.
We are interested in helping couples build their families. Often during their waiting time, couples come to realize that their desire to be a family transcends race. If you are one of those couples, contact your home study caseworker to let her know of your interest. She'll be able to guide you through the steps of welcoming an African American baby into your heart and home.
...or if you are not already an Adoption Associates family and you are interested in learning more about the domestic adoption process please contact one of our caseworkers at 1-800-67-ADOPT. We would be honored to get you started on the journey of a lifetime!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Farmington Hills director, Paula Springer, is passionate about
getting the word out. She is determined and driven in her work to help expectant women know about her options when considering what is best for her and her baby. For Paula it makes the most sense to cross paths with other professionals meeting with women in unplanned pregnancies. She frequently makes herself available to share adoption at crisis pregnancy centers. Most recently she jumped at the opportunity when invited to speak at an inservice for the staff at a crisis pregnancy center in southeastern Michigan. Throughout her presentation, she was pleased to learn that this CPC makes it a priority to present adoption as an option and was delighted to build on the strong connection with Adoption Associates,Inc.
When a new crisis pregnancy center opened up just down the road from Adoption Associates - Lansing, one of the first people through their door was our own Nancy Cannon, director of the Lansing office. Nancy was received with open arms and was able to present our birth parent services to the staff at this CPC. A new relationship was established with workers on the front lines of meeting with women in unplanned pregnancies.
Do you know about a Crisis Pregnancy Center in your area that might benefit from our staff either talking with them or receiving our information? Please let your caseworker know if you have ideas.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Read this perspective from Andrea, an adult adoptee, who pays tribute to the blessings of two mothers... and know that one day soon you'll be a mother of great influence too!
Friday, May 8, 2009
- journaling or blogging your journey; maybe write a letter to baby
- reading parenting books
- attending your local offices Waiting Families meetings
- praying for your baby's birth mother
- connecting with adoptive moms who have been there