Meeting some of the birth mothers here at Family to Family Adoptions has been a very unique experience. Many of these women have fallen into hard times and are simply looking for someone to help lift the weight of their burdens off of their shoulders. It has been hard to meet these women who remind me so much of some of my loved ones.
As a social worker, and as a compassionate human being, I want to be able to fix any problems that they may have, but of course that is not a possibility. In the end all the agency can do is offer the resources at their disposal and hope that it will be enough to truly help these courageous women.
Birth Mother Support Provided
In my opinion, Family to Family Adoptions goes above and beyond to give the birth mothers as much help as possible as they go through the emotional journey of giving life to someone who will ultimately leave their care and grow up separate from them. As part of the adoption plan the adoptive families pay for the birth mother’s (and any other children she has) to have their basic needs met. Their rent, food, phone, and basic living expenses are paid for up to 6 weeks after the birth of the child.
The birth mothers usually qualify for Medicaid and the agency provides transportation to and from appointments. In addition, the agency also offers paid counseling services if they need them. One of my favorite options that the birth mothers are given is the option to use the Family to Family educational fund which gives birth parents the opportunity to go back to school! Family to Family has even assisted a birth mom through law school by providing her with grants, which I think is incredible.
Although some people may look at the birth mothers that come in and label them, Family to Family knows better. Even though I have only been here for a short amount of time I have already witnessed how brave the birth mothers are. Most of them are sad to see the children that they gave birth to leave, but they put on their brave face and do what they need to do in order to give the child the best life they possibly can, even if it’s not with them. These women are truly heroes. The act of placing their baby is one of love and sacrifice and it has been an honor meeting them.
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For those of you who don’t know me my name is Raquel. I recently began my internship at Family to Family Adoptions around the end of August. I attend UT and am currently in my last semester of college. I have dreamed of working in adoptions since I was about ten years old. My brother was adopted as an infant when I was eight years old and once we had him we knew there was no way that we would ever let him go. So I began my college career at UT as a social work major with the intention of becoming an adoption agent. When it came time to look for an internship to complete my last semester of college I knew I wanted to intern at an adoption agency. When I was unable to find an adoption agency on the list of agencies provided in the Austin area I decided to look for agencies near my hometown. That is when I stumbled across Family to Family Adoptions and was eventually accepted as an intern for the 2013 fall semester.
Although I have only been here for a few weeks I have already fallen in love with adoptions like I knew I would. What I didn’t know was that I would also fall in love with the agency itself. As a newcomer I was of course nervous and didn’t know what to expect, however; I quickly learned that the staff at Family to Family Adoptions is like a tiny family itself. They support and teach each other every day, a courtesy that they extended to me as well without any hesitation. I love that they are accepting of all people regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or marital status which goes along with my beliefs and values. Another thing that astounded me was the attention, time, and complete support that they provide to every single client. Whether it’s a birth parent or an adoptive parent, the workers here at Family to Family Adoptions take the time to get to know their clients on a more personal level. As an adoption agency this gives everyone involved an advantage because it allows them to make the best choices possible when matching birthparents and adoptive parents. So far my experience here at Family to Family Adoptions has been a great one. I have already learned so much through my experiences thus far. I look forward to sharing with you again soon!
Thanks for reading,
Raquel (AKA the intern) :)
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It’s that time of year! I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is done and Christmas is upon us. Everyone is busy decorating, shopping and making plans for the holidays. The staff at Family to Family are doing the same but we are also looking forward to the birth of many babies this month as well as getting ready to start our foster care program next year. This is also our favorite time of year because we start receiving holiday cards from our adoptive families that we can put up around the office. This month promises to be a busy one.
We have many birth families this year and most of them with children and our agency strives to provide Christmas for each of them. If you are interested in donating or would like to sponsor a family please contact us. Also if you are an adoptive family this is a great time of year to remember your birth family. Many of our families send gifts to their birth families so we ask that you get those to us in the next couple of weeks so we can ensure that the birth families receive these by Christmas. If you have not finalized your adoption and you have plans to travel for the holidays please be sure and let us know. We hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday season.
On this Valentine’s Day, Family to Family celebrates our 10 year anniversary. We were founded on February 14, 2001 as an international agency and did our first domestic placement in August 2001. We invite you to visit our history and statistics page and see how it all started and our successes. We have met and had the privilege of working with so many loving and supportive birthmothers and adoptive families this past 10 years. We could not have made it without you and we thank you for all of your support. Our staff is excited and anxious to see what happens next. Happy Anniversary Family to Family!!
The next Family to Family conference will be held on September 19, 2009 from 10 AM to 3 PM. The conference will be at our office at 1000 Austin Street, Suite B, Richmond, TX 77469. The conference will be $10.00 per person and space is limited. Come and meet adoptive families and birthmothers and hear their adoption stories. To sign up please contact Maxine Seiler at 281-342-4042 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The upcoming dates in 2010 for conferences are January 16, 2010; May 15, 2010; and September 18, 2010.
Tapestry Books has information for all members of the adoption triad including children’s books. The books are helpful for both adoptive families and for birthmothers and for domestic and international adoption. They even have books to help you get started on that Lifebook for your child. If you are looking for some more information on the adoption process, check them out online.
Family to Family Cookbooks are now for sale. Please email Jennifer O’Leary at email@example.com if you would like to purchase one or more of these as a fundraiser for the agency. All of the proceeds will benefit Family to Family Adoptions and our educational fund provided to help our birthmothers achieve a higher education. The cookbooks are $18.00 each. Thanks to Tami, one of our adoptive mothers, who created and published the cookbooks for us, and thank you in advance for your support of Family to Family.
Many of our friends maintain blogs and have been kind enough to mention their appreciation of our services to adoptive and birth families on their blogs. We know that others are active on Facebook and might want to let their friends know about us as well. To make this process easier, we have added a “Share on Facebook” link to the right side of this page.
The process is simple. If you have a Facebook account, just click the link and a message will be posted to your “wall”. You will have an opportunity to add your own comment to the posting before it goes up.
If you have a Facebook account, you can help us and stay in touch with what we are doing by joining our “Friends of Family to Family” group on Facebook!
This is a very easy way to let your friends know about what you are doing, and to tell them about our services if they have any need for them. We appreciate all the support and kind words that we receive from our many happy clients, both parents of newly adopted children and birth families who have successfully placed children in loving homes.
We at Family to Family have always prided ourselves on our attention to serving the needs of the birthmothers that we are associated with. We have a list of birthmother services that we provide to our clients and maintain a list of questions and answers of interest to birth families.
We are always gratified when our constituents recognize our efforts, and many of them mention us and our dedicated staff in their blogs describing ways that we have been supportive and helpful to them in their efforts to expand their families. One of our clients has written a personal note about his own experience as an adopted child and his sensitivity to issues that birth mothers have. His story points up how our approach serves birth families as well as adoptive families.
Family to Family Adoptions began placing domestic newborns in January 2002 and our statistics through December 2008 show that we have placed 232 babies and created 232 wonderful adoptive families.
- 43% of those children were Full Caucasian
- 16% were Hispanic/Caucasian
- 16% were Full Hispanic
- 1% were Caucasian/Asian
- 2% were Native American
- 11% were Caucasian/African American
- 2% were Hispanic/African American
- 8% were Full African American
- 12% of our families have adopted a second child through Family to Family
- 1% of our families have adopted a third child through Family to Family