Recognizing National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

In light of our series, Black Voices Within Adoption, AFTH would like to highlight an issue that still impacts the black community today. September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. It is designed to bring awareness to the disease's complications and the ongoing need for research and treatments. What is Sickle Cell Disease? Sickle Cell [...]

Participants of AFTHtv’s Black Voices within Adoption reflect on Their Experience

This summer AFTHtv dedicated its entire sixth season to serve as a program giving Black voices within the adoption triad (adoptive parents, birth parents, adoptees) the platform to discuss racial matters and adoption in today’s society. New episodes aired on the nonprofit’s official Facebook page and YouTube channel every Tuesday. Social workers and adoption counselors [...]

Chris and Adrienne Celebrate being Birth Grandparents this Grandparents Day

Today is national Grandparents Day, a day to celebrate the top integral figures of the family tree. In an open adoption adoptive parents can encourage a loving bond not just with their own parents, but with their birth grandparents as well. Delaware birth grandparents Chris and Adrienne have been present in their granddaughter Charlotte’s life [...]

The Unbreakable Bond Between Families Who Adopted Together

Seven families set out on an adoption journey together, faced some unexpected challenges, and rose above the odds by creating a new family not only with their adopted daughters, but also with one another. The Beginning of Something Special It was an unsettling time. The Iraq war, the Gulf war and SARS were raging across [...]

Married Couples Placing a Child for Adoption

Social workers often counsel married couples placing a child for adoption when the couple is faced with an unplanned pregnancy. There are many reasons as to why married couples choose adoption. For example, they are not ready to be parents, they may wish to not expand their family, or, some couples do not want to [...]

Meeting My Birth Parents: Samantha’s story

By Samantha, an Adoptions From The Heart adoptee Ever since I understood the term “adoption” and what it means, I have  wanted to meet my birth parents. When I was younger, my dream was just that of a naïve child. I did not understand the complexity of feelings. I heard from my birth parents twice [...]

Misconceptions About Birth Mothers and Birth Fathers

Misconceptions about birth mothers and birth fathers often sensationalize the real truth and reality behind adoption. The media often portrays the birth mother as an addict or a teen mother. In regards to the birth father, stereotypes often depict him as absent or uninvolved, or even as a rapist. These common misconceptions downplay the reality [...]

Kyle: A Birth Father’s Story

Birth Father’s Story Part 1 My girlfriend and I both grew up in upstate New York. When Jackie decided to move to Pittsburgh to go to school I came with her.  We shared a small efficiency apartment and a one bench truck.  I was working full time while finishing-up school. But after a while, we [...]

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