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From interviews with our Activism in Adoption speakers and panelists to in-depth examinations of the ethical issues within adoption, we tackle tough topics and highlight important voices in adoption.

Dr. Gretchen Sisson, upcoming speaker at Activism in Adoption, discusses her new book, Relinquished, and how her decades-long research study and subsequent findings can inform our approach to adoption.

Why is it so problematic to position adoption as the opposite of abortion? Today we examine what adoption researchers and experts have to say about adoption, adoption trauma, and why comparing adoption and abortion is a false equivalency.

As part of our ongoing Ethics in Adoption series, we discuss how recent comments left on our social media posts are problematic, and highlight the need for potential adoptive parents to understand that it is their responsibility to support ethical practices in adoption.

A brief history of National Adoption Awareness Month: how we got here, whose voices have traditionally been missing from discussions surrounding adoption, and how a group of adoptees, led by Rosita González, began using their collective voices online to tell their stories and advocate for change.

In celebration of Black History Month, we highlight a few of our favorite podcasters and authors, whose work sits at the intersection of race and adoption, and who provide everyone in the adoption constellation opportunities to learn and grow.

We had the opportunity to sit down with Autumn Sansom, who, along with her biological mother, Jill Hawkins, Ph.D., produced the feature-length documentary, Reckoning With The Primal Wound, a film that reckons with both relinquishment trauma and the cultural phenomenon of Nancy Verrier’s landmark book, The Primal Wound. Autumn walks us through how the film came to be, taking us on a deep-dive into how she came to make the film, what surprised her afterward, and how she hopes the film can help other adopted people.

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, one of the foremost experts on race in America, will be speaking at our Activism in Adoption Series this October. We took a closer look at some of the tenets of her best-selling book, "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race."

As we await the Supreme Court decision regarding ICWA, we offer a brief primer for everyone in the adoption constellation on what it is, and why it matters.

We read Lori Prashker-Thomas’s memoir," From Mistakes to Miracles: A Jewish Birthmother’s Story of Redemption, Hope, & Healing", and knew immediately we had to learn more. As a writer, speaker, and advocate, she has the ability to take an unflinching look at her past in a compelling and thought-provoking way as she details her journey as a Jewish birthmother and telling a story of resilience, courage, and personal growth as she found her voice and began to use it.

As part of our ongoing Ethics in Adoption series, we discuss the linking adoption pricing to race, and how this sets a up adoption as a marketplace.

The Birthparent Support Alliance launched in 2022, and we recently had the opportunity to sit down with Molly Berger, MSW, and Pam Brown, from Adoption Center of Illinois, the latest member of the Birthparent Support Alliance in 2024, to learn more about the work they do, and how Adoption Center of Illinois built their own model of adoption that moves past older of ideas of adoptions either being open or closed, and instead builds an entirely new relationship model for everyone in the adoption constellation. We also had the chance to discuss Adoption Center of Illinois’ decision to join the Birthparent Support Alliance, a program designed to help agencies provide the post-placement support birthparents need to heal and thrive.

After the Washington Post published a feel-good piece about adoption and baby boxes last week, our Executive Director wrote them an OpEd to set them straight on what they got wrong.

Given how critical post-placement birthparent support is for an open adoption to be successful, we have compiled a list of questions for prospective adoptive parents to ask when searching for an agency to work with. The answers to these questions can draw you a roadmap of the kinds of outcomes you might see in your own adoption, depending upon the level and duration of post-placement support your child’s birthparents receive.

This is Part II of our incredible interview with Dr. Gretchen Sisson, the author of the new book,Relinquished: The Politics of Adoption and the Privilege of American Motherhood, and our upcoming Activism in Adoption Speaker.

Introducing Cathy Crossno, who will be addressing navigating adoption constellation relationships as a birthmother.

We can’t imagine a better way to kick of Activism in Adoption in 2024 than to have Torie come and speak, as she shares preliminary insights from her research into the challenges Black adoptees face when being raised in white families, and the important changes and shifts in mentality that need to happen for adoption professionals and adoptive parents to make transracial adoption safer for racial minorities.

Navigating open adoption can be difficult, in part because there isn’t a template to follow, or many positive examples of how to navigate the challenges in ways that lead to the best outcomes, so Mary Ellen, a birthmother, and Pauline, an adoptive mother created their own kind of open adoption - filled with trust, love, and friendship.

The Birthparent Support Alliance launched in 2022, and we recently had the opportunity to sit down with Steffany Aye, LSCSW, LCSW, the Founder & Executive Director of Adoption & Beyond, who joined the Birthparent Support Alliance in 2024, to learn more about the work they do, talk about common adoption misconceptions, and why adoption education is so critical for adoptive parents and hospital staff. We also had the chance to discuss Adoption & Beyond's decision to join the Birthparent Support Alliance, a program designed to help agencies provide the post-placement support birthparents need to heal and thrive.

An adoptive mother talks candidly about her experiences in the past trying to complete her adoption education requirements, and why Activism in Adoption is so different with regard to how it approaches education, by platforming the voices most often silenced in adoption: birthmothers and adoptees.

Today we sit down with Jay Rosenzweig, the founder of BirthParentFinder.com, to learn more about how he became a specialist in birthfamily search and how his firm's unique combination of detailed research, meticulous investigation, and DNA is changing the adoption landscape, providing answers and information to both birthparents and adult adopted people.

Introducing Liz Pryor: birthmom, relationship expert, and best-selling author, Liz brings her wit and wisdom to Activism in Adoption.

As part of our ongoing Ethics in Adoption series, we discuss the difficult history of adoption matching, and examine how the modern practice of announcing adoption matches online and in other public spaces brings with it ethical concerns.

A brief look at gendered language in the adoption landscape, and a reminder to our community that regardless of how you identify or the pronouns you use, we are here for you.