The Power of Mother

Like many Americans searching out various ways to survive the emotional rollercoaster of both a pandemic and political turmoil; I have used binging tv shows as a crutch. One that I was avoiding, but due to rave reviews, finally decided to watch is “The Queen’s Gambit.” No spoilers. I’m only three episodes in myself. I … More The Power of Mother

Adoption and Terminating Parental Rights on Hospital Beds

I had never read, until this week, the “Surrender of Rights” paperwork that I signed over 20 years ago terminating my parental rights to my first child. According to my state’s laws, neither I nor my child can get a copy of them either. In the State’s eyes, I no longer exist as her mother, … More Adoption and Terminating Parental Rights on Hospital Beds

Gladney’s Birthmother App: Same Game, Different Name

Babies on Demand In a 2016 post from The Federalist, “Why So Many Families Who Want To Adopt Can’t”, there was a claim that “Nearly two million infertile couples in the United States are actively trying to adopt a child.” Most articles do estimate waiting couples to be between 1 million and 2 million; child … More Gladney’s Birthmother App: Same Game, Different Name

Open Adoption: Believe Half of What You See and None of What You Hear

Many (most) adoption articles, websites, agencies, etc. today will claim that 95% of domestic infant adoptions done are open. I want to quickly unpack this talking point. From an article that cites this claim, Open Adoptions are a National Trend by Kinship Center, it is estimated that 55% of infant adoptions today are considered open … More Open Adoption: Believe Half of What You See and None of What You Hear