Adoption can be an emotional and seemingly never-ending path. But for the parents who pursue it, getting to that end goal is literally their greatest desire. Of course, once there, they still have to face all the challenges of parenting through adoption.
This is why Healthline compiles a list of the best adoption blogs every year, highlighting bloggers willing to share what they’ve learned along the way, educating and inspiring others who may be considering adoption or are already walking that path themselves.
The blog at Creating a Family is for families dealing with infertility, foster care, and adoption. They provide resources, support, and education for every step of the way. The blog also includes online courses, book recommendations, and links to all the latest research and expert opinions.
You can also find blogrolls for both infertility and adoption — with the option of adding your own blog if you’ve recently started sharing your story.
This is a blog for families looking to learn about the potential challenges (and rewards) of adoption, as well as those already right in the thick of parenting through adoption.
As a marriage and family therapist, Kristen — the mom behind Rage Against the Minivan — has a thing or two to say about parenting and the family dynamics of adoption. She’s Mom to four children through birth and adoption herself, and she doesn’t shy away from covering topics related to transracial adoption and foster care adoption.
If you’re looking for a real-life tale of international adoption, Mix & Match Mama has got some stories for you. It all began back in 2013, when Shay and her husband first announced they’d be adopting from China.
One of the great posts from their journey is his version of the events leading up to that decision, a piece that might provide insight into how your partner is feeling about this next step.
Today, the family has four children, brought into their lives through both birth and international adoption. Shay frequently blogs about their journey, but as a travel agent and foodie, she also has plenty of other fun stuff to share.
Mike and Kristen Berry served as foster parents for 9 years, cared for 23 children in that time, and eventually adopted 8 of those kids. Now grandparents, their blog is for anyone looking for information, advice, or inspiration surrounding foster care and adoption.
They’ve each authored books on the subject, they join together on a regular adoption podcast, and their blog posts are full of honesty, humor, and resources any parent considering adoption through foster care might benefit from.
Lori Holden, author of the book “The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption,” is the voice behind Lavender Luz. She uses this space to highlight the intricacies of adoption, focusing on stories told by all members of the adoption triad.
Her site is great for anyone wanting to learn about the experiences of adoptees and birth mothers, as well as those looking for information on how to best navigate an open adoption.
Jill Robbins is a mom through both birth and international adoption who uses her blog to show what life can be like after taking that leap. This is a space for people wanting honesty about the adoption process and all the complicated pieces that go along with it. But it’s also infused with fun lifestyle and travel posts for moms who need more than just the adoption connection to fall in love with a blog.
Jamie has raised five kids who came into her life through birth, marriage, and foster care adoption. Her blended family has now brought her grandchildren, and she continues to live her life and write her blog with a simple mantra: live real, love hard.
Her blog is ideal for anyone looking for information and support in their adoption process, but it’s also got plenty of fun pieces about life and motherhood in general.
The mom behind ABM is a professional black woman who decided to pursue motherhood alone just shy of her 40th birthday. Choosing adoption and looking for resources online, she was disappointed to discover there weren’t many women of color discussing her chosen path. So, she decided to become that voice for other women who might go looking for it in the future.
Today, her blog reflects on the trials and tribulations along the way, showing a side of both motherhood and adoption beneficial to any parent considering adoption themselves.
As a nonprofit placement agency, the people behind Adoption & Beyond have witnessed all sides of adoption. Their blog is for anyone looking for information and resources.
It features adoptee perspectives as well as posts for both adoptive dads and grandparents. Serving Kansas and Missouri in their placement efforts, they also provide insight into local, family-fun activities for you and the kids.
Serving families across the United States, MLJ Adoptions is a placement agency “dedicated to providing ethical, compassionate and attentive adoption services to loving and committed families.”
Their blog contains information on international adoption, waiting children, and personal stories sure to inspire parents at the start of their adoption journeys.
Lifetime Adoption is a placement agency that strives to speak to both birth mothers and prospective adoptive parents through their blog. This is a space for anyone with questions about what adoption might look like for them. There are personal stories, resources, and family profiles for birth parents to look through.
Rachel and her husband decided to pursue adoption after her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes made any hope of a future pregnancy risky. Today, they’re parents to four children, all through domestic, transracial, open adoptions. As a Christian, Rachel strives to approach the subject of adoption through the lens of her faith, making this a great blog for anyone who hopes to do the same.
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Leah Campbell is a writer and editor living in Anchorage, Alaska. She’s a single mother by choice after a serendipitous series of events led to the adoption of her daughter. Leah is also the author of the book “Single Infertile Female” and has written extensively on the topics of infertility, adoption, and parenting. You can connect with Leah via Facebook, her website, and Twitter.