Monday, July 20, 2009

A Destiny Delivered

Need an idea for networking?  Request several copies of our AAI-produced, birth mother video, A Destiny Delivered, to give to crisis pregnancy centers, OB/GYN offices, churches, schools, local health clinics and hospitals in your area.  Then plan a day or two to go to these offices, make a connection and leave behind a video along with your personal profile.  In a day's time you have opened several doors for yourself and the agency!

Check out the video at  If you would like to order "A Destiny Delivered" contact Elizabeth at AAI - 616-667-0677.  They are free of charge for AAI clients.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

H. R. 213 - Adoption Tax Relief

The adoption tax credit that has enabled many families to adopt is set to expire in December 2010 unless Congress votes to continue it. The Adoption Tax Relief Guarantee Act of 2009, H.R. 213, introduced in January, 2009 and currently being studied by the House Committee on Ways and Means, would keep the adoption tax credit from being repealed, and may make the tax relief measure permanent. 

It only takes a few minutes to email or call your senators and congressmen — it’s important for them to hear from families impacted by the tax credit. 

Write your U.S. Representative  Write your U.S. Senator

This site is very helpful and aides in understanding of the bill and the process. Check it out

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Summertime brings us halfway through 2009.  Here are the happenings at AAI so far this year:

Domestic placements: 31
16 - Caucasian or other mixed race babies
11 - African American babies
 4 - African American/Caucasian babies

29 - matched adoptions through agency profiles
  2 - designated adoptions

In addition, we have had three other of our waiting families placed with babies born out of state.  They were linked with their birth mother through networking and AAI helped to facilitate the placement.

Waiting Families:

65 families waiting for a Caucasian baby (37 of these are also open to other mixed races)
 7 families waiting for an African American/Caucasian baby
 3 families waiting for an African American baby

 17 families are linked with a birth mother