Welcome to year three of the Adoption Talk Link Up! It’s been amazing to read so many great posts for the last two years, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store this year.
Our first topic of the year is INTRODUCTIONS. I’ve wrote lengthier intros before (like here and here), so I’ll try to keep this one short and sweet. 8 years ago this passed Monday, my nowhusbandthenboyfriend Rob and I became foster parents to 4 year old James and 1 year old Mariyah.
We had just graduated college a few months earlier, wide eyed and ready to take on the world. Foster parenting seemed like a good place to start. At the time, we hadn’t anticipated adopting. We’d gotten into foster care only to foster (famous last words of so.many.foster.parents.). Of course, we fell in love with our kids. When the goal changed from reunification with birth family to adoption 3 years later, we became an official family.
I’m super excited to say that all four of my awesome co-hosts have returned for 2017. Jill and Jenni have been hosting with me since day 1. Jill is the hilarious mom of three, two spirited boys that she adopted from China, as well as an older, more elusive, young adultish daughter. Jenni is also a mom through adoption, she now has SIX kiddos, two biological, three from Ghana, and one who just came home from China last year. Jules and Ashley joined us as hosts in 2016. Jules was adopted from Peru as a young child, and also placed her own daughter for adoption. In addition to her birth daughter, she is now the mom of two young sons. Ashley is also a first mom, she placed her son for adoption nearly 11 years ago. She started Life After Placement, which offers support to first moms.
In 2017, we are changing the link up a bit. We are switching to once a month posts rather than twice a month posts. Going forward we’ll be posting on the first Thursday of every month. We’ll give you two ideas, but the topic ideas aren’t required. You are welcome to link up something from the list, or something completely different! Whatever it is, we look forward to reading it.
Navigating open adoption or thoughts/feelings about open adoption.
Recommended books (adult or kid) for adoption.
How do you navigate the tough questions?
Day in the life
Embarrassing or funny moment related to adoption/the adoption process
Movies with an adoption theme or mention adoption, recommended movies or movies to stay away from.
Why did you choose adoption?
Best advice You’ve ever gotten
Ask someone who’s placed a child for adoption to do a guest post.
Pick an adoption meme/phrase and center blog post around it.
How you messed up as an adoptive parent and what you learned.
The Effects of Adoption
Ask an adoptee to do guest post.
What no tells you about adoption (Things you wish you had known or things you wish had been covered in training)
True stories of support and helpfulness from family and friends
School and adoption
Relating to our children in the early days
Finding post-adoption support
What has been most surprising
Relationships that matter in adoption (community, birth family, etc…)
Unique joys related to adoption
Changes our families have made because adoption is part of our story
Now on to the Adoption Talk Linkup!
New to linking up? We’d love to have you join us, here’s how.