What a week to be in Washington, DC! Thanks to
Angels in Adoption, I drank from a fire hose for three days. This post, the first in a series, is my attempt to parcel it out in a manageable stream. ®
The Senate side of the dome where it happens (dome where it happens). Friends
I shared a room with friends. Fellow Angels
Rebecca Vahle (2011) and Dixie Weber (2017) were my roomies and cohorts in both play and purpose. Rebecca is the founder of the . Dixie, a nurse and healthcare executive, is the newly appointed National Director of Healthcare Programs. Meaning that she helps the Family to Family Support Network Family to Family Support Network provide neutral compassionate care for moms and babies in unique situations such as adoption.
Continue reading The Capitol: Day 1 of Angels in Adoption®
Nobody Told Us
Have you heard this from a birth parent?
No one told me it would hurt this much for this long. No one told me how much I would see myself in my child. No one told me how my feelings would fluctuate over time. They told me about open adoption, but no one told me how hard it would be to navigate these relationships and feelings.
Or this from an adoptive parent?
Wasn’t it supposed to be easy if we adopted at birth? No one told us there could still be issues of loss and grief. No one told me how much I would want my child to have his/her whole story. No one told me parenting by adoption would be different from parenting by biology. In fact, we were told the opposite, that it was exactly the same. No one told me I would be open to so many people loving this child. Continue reading #NotInTheBrochure: A Plan to Make Adoption World Better
Hospitals continually strive to improve so many aspects of patient care. What improvements are being made in the way we “do” adoption at the hospital?
Pioneered in Colorado at Parker Adventist Hospital, the
Family to Family Support Network is going national in helping families create child-centered open adoptions from the very beginning, through adoption training in hospital labor and delivery wards.
Here is an interview with founder Rebecca Vahle on why she’s made it her mission* that more and more hospitals serve EVERYONE involved in a possible adoption situation more effectively.
Continue reading why this program is necessary for nurses, for adopting parents, for women and men in unplanned pregnancies, for babies, and for hospital administrators and stakeholders — and what you can do to bring it to your local hospital.
* I am so stoked about Family to Family’s mission that I have recently joined its board of directors.