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 [...]

“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 [...]

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 [...]