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Glossary of Adoption Terms – Guide for New Parents

Glossary of Adoption Terms – Guide for New Parents

For parents thinking about adoption, the many terms used can seem unfamiliar and a bit confusing. This article is like a helpful…

Building Your Family Through Adoption After Infertility

Building Your Family Through Adoption After Infertility

Every year, many individuals and couples struggle with infertility, a situation that can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Approximately 9% of males…

The Adoptee Experience in Transracial Adoption

The Adoptee Experience in Transracial Adoption

Over the last few decades, transracial adoption has become a larger focus of adoption education as our perception and understanding of race…

Considering Single Parent Adoption? 9 Things You Should Know

Considering Single Parent Adoption? 9 Things You Should Know

In recent years, there’s been a notable increase in single-parent adoption. In fact, more than a quarter of children adopted from foster…

Adoption Agency Vs Independent Adoption – What’s Best for You?

Adoption Agency Vs Independent Adoption – What’s Best for…

Deciding to adopt a child is a process filled with love, hope, and sometimes a bit of uncertainty. For many prospective parents,…

Why Do We Practice Open Adoption?

Why Do We Practice Open Adoption?

Although adoption has existed for centuries, practices have changed significantly overtime. Legislation has been introduced to regulate adoption, ensure the safety of…

Foster Care vs Adoption – What You Need to Know

Foster Care vs Adoption – What You Need to…

Thinking about expanding your family through adoption or fostering? It’s like planning a trip to an unknown destination without knowing the route.…

A Guide to Preparing an Adoption Plan as Expectant Parents

A Guide to Preparing an Adoption Plan as Expectant…

As expectant parents making an adoption plan, it can often feel like you’re putting together a complicated puzzle with lots of different…

Why is Post Adoption Support Important?

Why is Post Adoption Support Important?

Post adoption needs are vast and varied, just like adoptions! As we know, there is a wide spectrum of what adoption can…

Birth Mother Series: Gina’s Story

Birth Mother Series: Gina’s Story

Over the years, we have worked with hundreds of birth mothers. Each have their own story and experiences that led to them…

Preparing for the Birth as a Prospective Adoptive Parent

Preparing for the Birth as a Prospective Adoptive Parent

You’ve made it through the waiting period, matched with an expectant parent, and the moment you’ve been waiting for is now here.…

Birth Mother Series: Susie’s Story

Birth Mother Series: Susie’s Story

Over the years, we have worked with hundreds of birth mothers. Each have their own story and experiences that led to them…

Preparing for the Delivery as a Birth Parent

Preparing for the Delivery as a Birth Parent

For someone considering placing their child for adoption, preparing for the birth can feel overwhelming. Not only are you physically going through…

Birth Mother Series: Angel’s Story

Birth Mother Series: Angel’s Story

Over the years, we have worked with hundreds of birth mothers. Each have their own story and experiences that led to them…

What to Expect at a Match Meeting

What to Expect at a Match Meeting

Match meetings are very big step in the adoption process. For expectant parents, you’ve likely looked at many family profiles to find…

We Are Family – Maintaining Connections After Placement

We Are Family – Maintaining Connections After Placement

In September, ACFB hosted our very first adoption celebration for families who have adopted through us in the last ten years. Our…

Why Do We Fundraise?

Why Do We Fundraise?

Each November we celebrate Giving Tuesday, a global day of generosity focused on giving back to our communities in need. This year…

What is Relative Adoption?

What is Relative Adoption?

Relative adoption, also known as kinship adoption, is an option for family members to obtain legal custody and parental rights of a…

Unplanned Pregnancy and Considering Adoption? Here’s How to Choose the Right Adoption  Agency

Unplanned Pregnancy and Considering Adoption? Here’s How to Choose…

Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be overwhelming and scary. Maybe you feel that adoption is the best plan for you and your…

9 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering Adopting Transracially

9 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering Adopting Transracially

When parents decide to grow their family through adoption, they are asked about what characteristics they are open to. This often includes…

Self-Marketing in Adoption

Self-Marketing in Adoption

One of the most common questions we are asked by families waiting to adopt is “What can we do to increase our…

What is Birth Mother’s Day?

What is Birth Mother’s Day?

Every year, the second Sunday of May is dedicated to mothers. At ACFB, we celebrate all mothers on this day, from birth…

Safe Haven Awareness Month

Safe Haven Awareness Month

In Illinois, April has been declared Safe Haven Awareness Month with the goal of informing residents of the Safe Haven option for…

6 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering Placing Your Child for Adoption

6 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering Placing Your…

Adoption is a courageous and responsible choice. That said, it can be one of the most difficult decisions a parent ever makes.…

How to Select an Adoption Agency as Adoptive Parents

How to Select an Adoption Agency as Adoptive Parents

So, you’ve decided to grow your family through adoption! You’ve taken time to consider all of your options and you feel strongly…

5 Things to Know When Making Your Adoption Profile

5 Things to Know When Making Your Adoption Profile

Congratulations! You’ve completed the home study process and are officially approved to be an adoptive family. Now comes the next daunting task…

Resources for Transracial Adoption

Resources for Transracial Adoption

Last month on the ACFB blog, we discussed the importance of acknowledging race and ethnicity in adoption. If you missed it, check…

Trans-racial and Trans-Cultural Adoption

Trans-racial and Trans-Cultural Adoption

Every January we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, honoring the achievements Dr. King made as a leader of the Civil…

Positive Adoption Language

Positive Adoption Language

Most people have a general understanding of what adoption is. Even if they don’t personally know anyone who was adopted or has…

Navigating Closed Adoption: Chloe’s Story

Navigating Closed Adoption: Chloe’s Story

Chloe came into the world on a cold day in October 2011. She was lovingly placed for adoption with Kelly, who had…

National Adoption Month – An Adoptee’s Story of Searching for Family

National Adoption Month – An Adoptee’s Story of Searching…

As we have previously shared on the blog, November is National Adoption Month. A time to spread awareness about the impact of…

National Adoption Month – A Birth Mother’s Story

National Adoption Month – A Birth Mother’s Story

For those who may not know, November is National Adoption Month. A month where we raise awareness about what adoption can truly…

Introducing the ACFB Board of Directors

Introducing the ACFB Board of Directors

Adoption is part of many people’s stories in different ways. From adoptees to birth families, to adoptive families and more, adoption touches…

Supporting Expectant Parent’s Choices

Supporting Expectant Parent’s Choices

“If it is to be, it is up to me.” – William H. Johnsten Considering an adoption plan for your child is…

The Journey to Tucker

The Journey to Tucker

Waiting to adopt can be a long and emotional process. At times it may feel isolating for families who do not know…

Featuring This is the Quarry: Mining Hope in My Quest for Motherhood

Featuring This is the Quarry: Mining Hope in My…

The journey to build a family though adoption is filled with ups and downs. As families go through the home study process,…

Sibling Connections in Open Adoption

Sibling Connections in Open Adoption

Over the last several decades, open adoption has become the norm in the United States. The benefits are clear for everyone involved…

Birth Fathers in Adoption

Birth Fathers in Adoption

Every adoption story involves an expectant mother making a plan to place her child. Much of the literature, education, and overall culture…

Thinking About Adoption? Call an Expert

Thinking About Adoption? Call an Expert

Many hundreds of women contact the Adoption Center for Family Building each year by completing an online information request form

Adoption Counseling for Expectant Mothers in Indiana

Adoption Counseling for Expectant Mothers in Indiana

For women with an unplanned pregnancy, there are only a few options to choose from: termination, parenting and adoption.

How To Choose the Best Adoption Agency in Indiana and Illinois

How To Choose the Best Adoption Agency in Indiana…

Choosing an adoption agency can be a harrowing experience, but a very important one. Adoption scams are not common, but people who…

Unplanned Pregnancy? Top 10 Questions Expectant Mothers Ask

Unplanned Pregnancy? Top 10 Questions Expectant Mothers Ask

Although every expectant mother has her own concerns and questions, this article addresses the most common issues that are raised with an…

What is Adoption Counseling?

What is Adoption Counseling?

The purpose of this blog is to help expectant mothers and prospective adoptive parents as well as professional understand exactly what adoption…

Hoping to Adopt an Infant? Five Easy Steps to Prepare:

Hoping to Adopt an Infant? Five Easy Steps to…

Pursuing adoption is a major life altering decision. Most people who consider adoption have first tried other means of starting their family.

Considering Adoption? Find the Best Adoptive Parents

Considering Adoption? Find the Best Adoptive Parents

If you have decided to move forward with an adoption plan, you may have a good idea about the kind of family…

Unplanned Pregnancy? Considering Open Adoption?

Unplanned Pregnancy? Considering Open Adoption?

If you are considering placing your baby for adoption, make sure that you know all of your options. You will also want…

3 Things that Surprised Me about Open Adoption

3 Things that Surprised Me about Open Adoption

By Maura Vivona, Mother through adoption I remember the first time my adoption counselor explained open adoption to me, I was skeptical…

Considering Placing Your Baby for Adoption? Choose the “perfect” parents

Considering Placing Your Baby for Adoption? Choose the “perfect”…

If you have decided to move forward with an adoption plan, you may have a good idea about the kind of family…

Unplanned Pregnancy? Is Adoption Right for you?

Unplanned Pregnancy? Is Adoption Right for you?

Placing your baby for adoption can be a difficult decision, but it’s an important one that will impact you and your child’s…