Picture this: It’s two o’clock in the morning and your phone rings. It’s a call from a social worker who asks you to begin caring for a child in the next hour. All you are told is the child’s name and age. For most people, this would be unnerving, but not to Adam Arnold and
From the start of their relationship, Lance and Lisa Novak knew they wanted to build their family through adoption. They considered several agencies but after attending an information meeting at Children’s Home, they knew this would be the agency they’d work with. “Before the meeting, we agreed this was for us to learn about adoption,”
My name is Kelsey, I’m 23 years old and I was adopted when I was four months old. When I was younger, my family and I would go to Korean adoptee family events. My desire to learn more about my heritage really grew when I was in college. One of my best friends I met
By: Ryan Hanlon and Emma Wise. This content was originally published by National Council for Adoption’s Adoption Advocate No. 138. It is available for PDF download here. This article is designed for families who have adopted or are preparing to adopt. Speech delays and communication challenges are among the most common issues that families encounter following an
Fractured Memories from Childhood When I was 7 years old, my brother and I were removed from my mother’s care and placed into a foster home. This foster home was supposed to be short term but we were there for about three and a half years. My memories of my birth mother, before being placed
As autumn makes its quiet entrance with vivid colors and our thoughts turn to a season of change and gratitude, many of us in the adoption community also think about November as National Adoption Awareness Month. Thousands of children here and abroad are in desperate need of love in its many forms, something a family
Money is never the primary reason people decide to adopt, nor should it be. Actually, for many it isn’t even in the equation until you sign on the dotted line with an agency or professional. Hopefully, before you make that commitment, your adoption professional has given some idea of the costs associated with your adoption.
The Adoption Medicine Clinic at the University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive child wellness assessment for children who have experienced early adversity. With a team consisting of a pediatrician or nurse practitioner, occupational therapist, and child psychologist, the assessment includes a medical, developmental, and mental health screening. 1. Children in foster care and those adopted
It’s after midnight, which means today is my 57th birthday. Growing up as an adoptee, I always celebrated my birthday without questioning it. But today, I thought… is today really my real birthday? If so, what time was I born? where was I born? who gave birth to me? who is my birth father? do
A few years back, I told my partner that I wanted to be a dad. He wasn’t on board and didn’t think that he would ever want to go down that road. To my surprise, about five years later, he brought back up the conversation. He asked if I truly meant what I had said.