Author Archives: Jess Alanis

Book Spotlight   Each of the 40 pages are filled with beautiful watercolor illustrations and a heart-warming story, Family By Love books were written to educate and encourage children, and also to provide conversation starters for birth and adoptive families in their relationships together. These books share many ideas for adoption, including: open adoption domestic adoption transracial adoption […]

Raising awareness of the need for adoptive families Our National Adoption Recruitment Campaign promotes adoption from foster care and raises awareness of the 112,000 children and teens waiting to be adopted. This year’s campaign theme—“What to Expect When You Are Expecting a Teen”—highlights the need for families for teens. Of more than 5,000 children in […]

Every adopted teen will have some questions. Here are some of the most common, and what you can do to help. Written by Debbie B. Riley, LCMFT, CEO, Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.) Published by Adoptive Families Magazine ____________________________________________________________________ Prior to adolescence, children are extremely curious about their adoption stories. Although they question the […]

Wed, November 15, 6pm – 8pm Coalition for Children, Youth & Families, 6682 W Greenfield Ave #310, Milwaukee, WI  Adoption Wellness offers a comprehensive pre/post-adoptive family training. All trainings meet the State of Wisconsin Core Competencies for adoption as well as the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoptions standards for pre-adoptive families. Workshops are noted by […]

Look at family photos, watch home movies, or even try making your own storybook as a keepsake for your child. Check some of the creative ideas and tutorials on YouTube of how to make your own books. Below demonstrates a fun and easy way to make your own scrapbook with your child that as a […]

You’re Invited …   “An Evening With Adoptees” a panel of adults who were adopted, as babies/children will share their stories and take questions from the audience. Pre-adoptive parents, Adoptive Parents, Adoption Professionals, Medical Professionals, Legal Professionals, Educators, and those whose lives are touched by adoption; personally or professionally.  *This workshop offers two credit hours […]

Ask your local library to display adoption-related books Lifetime’s Founder and adoption expert Mardie Caldwell has written several books on adoption including AdoptingOnline.com, Adoption: Your Step-by-Step Guide, Called to Adoption, So I Was Thinking About Adoption… and The Healthcare Professional’s Adoption Guide.  The more we can showcase in our local communities the more this month will receive recognition. Join us in the […]

Positive Adoption Language Using positive adoption language will help end the myth that adoption is second best. By using positive adoption language, you’ll reflect the true nature of adoption, free of stereotypes.Words have the power to change our perspective. Even the most well-meaning people can harm someone with their words simply because they do not […]

Purchase adoption jewelry Getting adoption-related jewelry for yourself or someone you know who has been touched by adoption. Wearing an Adoption Prayer Bracelet is a lovely way to display your adoption hope and a reminder to pray for your adoption and those involved in the adoption. All profits from Adoption Prayer Bracelets to go the non-profit organization Lifetime Foundation, which […]