Author Archives: Julia K. Porter, PhD

Why Do Birth Parents Choose Adoption?

  I have done a lot of research about adoption and have had the privilege of speaking to many birth mothers. It is so important to me to learn from others’ lived experiences. Through these conversations, I’ve learned that no birth mother chooses to make an adoption plan for the same reason. In fact, there Why Do Birth Parents Choose Adoption?

Adoption Awareness Month

  National Adoption Awareness month is important to the adoption community and in even more recent years has been celebrated more with community events, special adoption ceremonies at courthouses in November and above all, a heightened awareness about older children in the foster care system who are hoping to find permanent homes. The History of Adoption Awareness Month

Is It Too Late to Think About Adoption?

  Choosing to make an adoption plan is an extremely difficult decision and one that individuals do not take likely. It can be hard to find an adoption professional you’re comfortable with,  adoptive parents that are a fit for you, and to decide if you are able to create an adoption plan when you might Is It Too Late to Think About Adoption?

Financial Support for Birth Mothers

  When a birth mother is making an adoption plan, there is already some additional stress. If you’re working with adoptive parents and adoption professionals, you may be eligible for additional financial support. Though it’s a difficult time, there are people and places ready to help you.  Should you be working with an adoption professional Financial Support for Birth Mothers

What Is a Disrupted Adoption?

When you research adoption, like many of us did when we were in the process of adopting our children, you may hear about disrupted adoptions, meaning the process has started, but doesn’t end up working out. Though this does happen, childwelfare.gov notes that each year, the number of disrupted adoptions has been decreasing. By being What Is a Disrupted Adoption?

What Rights Do Adoptive Parents Have?

  In the adoption community, we talk a lot about the rights of birth parents and a birth mother’s parental rights in open, semi open, and closed adoptions. What we often don’t talk about clearly that seems to be a discussion on online forums is if an adoptive parent would like to relinquish rights. The What Rights Do Adoptive Parents Have?

Adoption Reads: 5 Children’s Books About Adoption

When my husband and I adopted our daughter, we wanted to make sure that she grew up being aware about adoption. Many adoption professionals explain that telling a child their story regularly will help them understand adoption in much the same way as they know their own name–it’s just something they know. I’m a firm Adoption Reads: 5 Children’s Books About Adoption

What is involved in…

  One of the most important aspects of preparing for adoption is the home study or home visit. I talk to a lot of couples who are planning to adopt or are starting the process and this is one thing that makes people nervous. To them, it seems overwhelming to have a stranger come into What is involved in…

What You Need to Know About Adopting a Relative

I confess that I hadn’t paid much attention in my adoption research to adopting a relative until my sister adopted her great-niece. When she and her husband got a call that their great-niece was being removed from her home, they agreed to foster her. Eventually, it was determined that staying in their care should be What You Need to Know About Adopting a Relative

Are Adoption Records Ever Unsealed?

  As a parent by adoption, one thing I have done that is a very important part of my daughter’s life is to share her birth story. Since she has a semi-open adoption, the information that I have is limited and will likely remain so until she is able to obtain her birth records legally Are Adoption Records Ever Unsealed?