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.
Rage Against the Minivan
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. Her blog is 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.
Confessions of an Adoptive Parent
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 host an adoption podcast, and their blog posts are full of honesty and humor.
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.
Black Sheep Sweet Dreams
If you’re an adoptee thinking of tracing your birth parents, this is the blog for you. You’ll find information, tips, and stories about the journey you’re about to begin. Black Sheep writes from experience. She was a Black baby adopted into a white middle-class family during the 1960s. Forty years later, having her own biological child and wanting to learn about the heritage they shared, she went on a search for her birth mother. You’ll read about all the twists and turns of her journey, both psychological and physical. You’ll find inspiration, humor, and useful information for going about your own search.
Ripped Jeans and Bifocals
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.
Adoptive Black Mom
This blog chronicles the journey of a single Black professional mom living in the Washington, D.C., area, who at age 40 adopted a tween daughter. She writes about the joys and challenges of adoption, and life with her daughter Hope. She started the blog after finding few voices of people of color in the online adoptive communities, deciding to tell her own story for others to benefit. Her daughter also pens a column, answering questions about what it’s like to be a former foster youth, now an adoptee and a young adult.
Adoption & Beyond
As a nonprofit placement agency, the people behind Adoption & Beyond have witnessed all sides of adoption. Their blog is for folks 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.
The Adopted Life Blog
The Adopted Life is Angela Tucker’s blog about transracial adoption, told from the adoptee’s point of view. You’ll find advice, insights, and stories about inclusive families. Angela was adopted as a Black baby into a white family in a city where only 1 percent of the population was Black. But Angela, longing to find her Black heritage, began searching for her birth parents at age 21. She documented her journey in the 2013 film Closure. She found her birth mom and writes about the struggles and joys of that relationship on her blog. You’ll also find Angela’s stories about her experience as a transracial adoptee.
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.
White Sugar Brown Sugar
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.
As an Afro-Latina adoption professional in an interracial marriage with an adopted multiethnic child, Ligia is an experienced spokesperson for adopted children and multiracial families. With 16 years’ experience as a social worker, Ligia now oversees adoptions in Tampa, Florida. On her blog and in speaking engagements across the country, she shares experiences from her own life about the challenges confronting an interracial family in today’s world. On her blog, she addresses emerging topics that are just now beginning to be discussed in adoption circles, such as how cultural and racial factors affect adoption.
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