Thursday, March 15, 2007

Emoblopedia: Adoption

Welcome to the adoption page of the emoblopedia. This section is written by men and women who have chosen adoption as their path to parenthood. Some are also adoptees themselves, but in the interest of space and the fact that the emoblopedia is housed on a blog about infertility and pregnancy loss, we have chosen to include only entries written from either those contemplating or actively adopting as well as adoptive parents. We hope that you find reading these blog entries helpful and they bring you a modicum of emotional comfort. They may help you find words to express how you are feeling or show you the light at the end of the tunnel. If you have your own blog and would like to contribute to the emoblopedia, submit all links to entries to Melissa at

Deciding to proceed with a domestic adoption
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Deciding to proceed with foster-to-adopt
Deciding to proceed with international adoption
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Getting through the homestudy
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Matching with an expectant mother
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Birthmothers and children
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When adoption plans change (terminating a match)
The emotions of a broken match
The first day feeling at peace again after a broken match
Long periods of waiting
The first time meeting your child
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1 comment:

Dawn said...

Couple of thoughts:
--Using the term "birth mother" before the adoption has happened is extremely controversial in the adoption community (both on and off line) so you might change that to "matching with an expectant mother".
--A disrupted adoption is not a broken match. A disrupted adoption technically is an adoption that was n place and then the adoptive parents decide they cannot parent the child. A broken match is when a woman is considering placing with a family and changes her mind. Technically it's not really a disruption even if the child was already placed but surrenders were not signed (because that child was not legally free to be adopted yet) although some people do use that term. But using the term "disrupted" with a broken match is incorrect. (So you've got it right with D Day but not with Feeling Good.)

I'd also break it down by adoption type because the three general adoption paths (domestic infant adotion, foster-to-adopt, international adoption) are WILDLY different.

Finally, have you thought of using one of the wiki programs to build something like this? You could have your readers contribute to it but host it on your domain.