We: An Adoption and a Memoir by Ben Barnz

We: An Adoption and a Memoir by Ben Barnz

We is a story of Ben and Daniel Barnz’s legal battle over their adopted daughter. The birth mother, Emma, has decided to hide her pregnancy from her friends and family in Minnesota in an attempt to regain what she considers to be her normal life. After flying Emma to...
Davidson County Relative Caregiver Program

Davidson County Relative Caregiver Program

At the Adoption Law Center, we are always excited to discover new resources to encourage and support families.  Jenny Hall, Founder and Managing Attorney of the Adoption Law Center, sat done with Joel Alex, Supervisor of the Davidson County Relative Caregiver to learn...
The Sibling Experience

The Sibling Experience

by Molly Gould In 2011 and into 2012, my family went through the process of adopting from Ethiopia. There was a lot of paperwork, a lot of fundraising, and even more waiting. At that time, I had four younger brothers, and I was the only girl. I was longing for a...
Adoption Support

Adoption Support

Adoption can be expensive. It is also the perfect opportunity to receive support, financial and otherwise, and to learn a valuable lesson about parenting: you need help! We all need a village. Accepting support from your friends, family, and broader community allows...
Special Needs Adoption

Special Needs Adoption

When my husband and I decided to pursue a domestic adoption, specifically children with disabilities, we quickly realized that many agencies didn’t work with this population. After lots of internet searching, we were grateful to find two organizations that were...
Everything Fell Into Place – Naming Isaac James

Everything Fell Into Place – Naming Isaac James

In April 2015 our family found out that we got matched with a little boy. We had been waiting for this moment for quite a while and had so many questions. When you first get matched to your new child or sibling there are so many unknowns. When will we get to meet...
Open Adoptions

Open Adoptions

     Open adoptions consist of a spectrum of contact between the birth family and the adoptive family. Open adoptions are in contrast with closed adoptions, in which there is no contact with the birth family. In a closed adoption, the identities of the birth family...

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