What does creating an adoption plan look like?

ACI is dedicated to demystifying the process of adoption for birth parents. Our blog series ACI’s Ask a Question About Adoption has resources for birth parents trying to understand what their adoption journey may look like. When considering placing a child for adoption, you might feel many emotions, possibly, all at once. The complexity of [...]

How do I get connected to an adoption agency?

Thinking about adoption can be overwhelming by itself. How do you find an agency to trust during one of the biggest moments of your life? It can be a frightening first step to pick up the phone to make that initial call, but you are NEVER committed to moving forward with the adoption process just [...]

How ACI Views Open Adoption

Placing a child for adoption is one of the hardest things to consider. There are many factors weighing on the decision. One of the first questions most biological parents ask us is “Do you offer open adoption?” The simple answer is yes. ACI recognizes the answer to this question also has meaning, thoughtfulness, and impact [...]

Parenting in a Pandemic

Parenting can be difficult at the best of times, let alone during a pandemic! Check out these articles and additional resources for interesting perspectives and useful tips for parenting during the Covid-19 pandemic. Be lovingly present with your children during this hard time. It will help you find joy in shared moments and protect their [...]

“It’s Much Bigger Than Hair”

ACI meets with many prospective adoptive parents who are considering adopting a child of another race, ethnicity, or culture. However, before families commit to pursuing a transracial adoption, it is important that they have realistic expectations as to the challenges and responsibilities that come along with being a transracial family. This allows them time to [...]

Is Adoption Easy?

Is Adoption Easy? Adoption is not easy Megan and Mike shared, “We’ve been together for twelve years and have been trying to start a family for five years. Countless consultations, many failed IVFs and a miscarriage. We’re about to give up hope but thought we could explore adoption first” It’s not easy shifting your focus [...]

Keeping Calm During the Covid 19 Crisis

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy! We wanted to reach out given the challenges we are all facing to keep ourselves and our families safe. It is difficult to stay self-quarantined for days on end, especially with kids! Parents are left without clear guidance as to the best way to structure their [...]

Why You’re Not “Giving Up A Child” For Adoption

Why You’re Not “Giving Up A Child” For Adoption “I’m pregnant?!  Is this home test correct?  Why is this happening now?  I have two little ones already, how am I going to afford another one?  I am barely working 20 hours a week.  We are struggling now financially as well.  Just went to the prenatal [...]

“Adoption Is Not The Same As Having Your Own Child”

People who have never adopted have never felt the overwhelming intensity of first meeting their child through adoption. It’s hard to explain the giddy anticipation mixed with unnamed anxiety. This combination of emotions helps etch even the tiniest details into your memory forever– the colors, the smells, the words, the emotions. For me, this moment [...]

A New Adoption Paradigm

For more than a two decades Richard has been thinking about the paradigms that govern how people think about and practice adoption. Along with Jane Turner, ACI’s executive director, Richard has been developing a new paradigm for understanding adoption that moves the practice of adoption beyond “openness.” In this article Richard looks at the history [...]