Category: Adoption


The Roads from Infertility to Adoption

How does a couple or individual take the leap from fertility treatment to adoption? I used to think the process unfolded predictably: A couple tried for a biological child until the options or the money ran out. They mourned the biological child they might have had, then looked to adoption. Sounds so simple. If only it were!

I was not...

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What to Consider When Preparing for Adoption

Choosing adoption as a way to build your family is unique in the sense that at the end of the process the vast majority of people will be successful and emerge as parents, if they persevere. That is not to say that there won’t be ups and downs and challenges along the way. The adoption emotional roller coaster offers m...

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Family Building: Domestic Newborn Adoption and Gestational Surrogacy

by Marni Denenberg, J.D., B.A.

I started working in the family building field over ten years ago, first in the field of private, newborn infant adoption, and now in the field of gestational surrogacy. Within a few weeks of working at the surrogacy agency I received a call from a family considering both private adoption and surrogacy. They...

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Planes, Trains, and Foster Care Adoption

I travel in my job. A lot. And I adore it – or at least the work at either end of the ride. As we aggressively drive to assure that our most vulnerable children and youth have every opportunity for a safe, nurturing and permanent home, whether they are in Oregon or Vermont, Toronto or Miami, I have the opportunity to m...

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Understanding Trans Adoption – My Personal Journey

The first step toward understanding trans adoption was, for me, the awareness of how little I knew about it. Slowly, I got to understand it better through talking with adoption agency workers, attorneys and trans men and women themselves.

I became more proficient with the vocabulary of gender: I am cisgender, a person whose gender identity matches the biological sex...

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Lion

In this holiday season of bright lights, glitter and feel-good television commercials—alongside disturbing instances of domestic and international terrorism-- I find myself searching the landscape for things that are real, authentic, and positive. Things that feed the soul.

The movie, “Lion,” provides just such an experience. It is based on a true story about an Indian boy, Saroo (played by De...

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Our Blended Family

I’m the parent of a child I gave birth to, and a child I adopted. They are 27 and 23, respectively.

I was a veteran of fertility treatment when I entered the world of adoption. I quickly learned there was a language of adoption. People talked of “placing” a child rather than giving up a child. A “situation” was an adoption prospect,...

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