A Real Adoption Blog Hop

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Last week, there was a bit of controversy around a contest for adoption blogs put on over at Circle of Moms.  The contest ended up being shut down after one blog was removed by the contest and others protested.  I’m sure it was hurtful for the woman whose blog was removed, but something positive came out of it…people on all sides of adoption began a dialogue.

When Adoption Magazine was nominated for the contest, though I didn’t like the contest aspect (anything that requires voting like that in a popularity contest reminds me too much of junior high!), I did like the opportunity it presented for me to find new blogs to read that I may not otherwise have found and for readers who might not have known about us to check us out.  I love finding new adoption related sites and the part that I was disappointed about when the contest was shut down was no longer having that chance, so I am creating an adoption blog hop.

This blog hop will be open to all those affected by adoption, not just adoptive parents.  My hope is that we will all let go of our preconceived notions and read with an open mind and heart.  Sometimes fear, assumptions, and the unknown can make us feel threatened.  But I believe that as long as everyone is respectful and open minded, we have so much we can learn from each other.  I hope that this blog hop will further break down the barriers.

I am not going to add thumbnails because I really want people to visit blogs they might normally not have visited.  The rules for the blog hop are that other than being respectful when visiting each other’s sites, there are no rules.  You do not need to link back here, though it would be great if you would so that more people could join.  You don’t need to plug Adoption Magazine or vote for anyone or give your left kidney.  You just join.


  1. The link to my blog is broken! Eep! It’s supposed to say http://www.anotherversionofmother.com

  2. Love the Adoption Blog Hop…such a great idea. Thank you!

  3. Thanks so much for providing this. I’m looking forward to reading some new blogs and gaining new insights on all aspects of adoption.

  4. Great idea! I missed the controversy at Circle of Mom’s, I agree that the voting thing is a little junior high. I’m looking forward to reading some new blogs :)

  5. I’m so happy to list my blog here, as one of my main purposes in writing is to let today’s adoptive parents know how adoption has affected me, and how adoption law has affected me as an adult. We need to do better! When I experienced a serious cancer diagnosis a decade ago, I was unable to participate in a controlled study because I had no ready access to my genealogy, even though the agency that placed me had all the information in their files. Dealing with the agency and an adoption attorney was what turned me into an activist. I want more adoptive parents, original parents, and adoptees to join us in our efforts to replace ridiculous and antiquated laws with compassionate legislation that makes sense. Granting adult adoptees access to their original birth certificates is a good place to start. Thank you for creating a forum that welcomes all voices.

  6. I am so excited about this blog hop! I have been trying to search for new blogs for more insight into the world of adoption, but it has proven more difficult than I realized it would have. What a great idea, thank you!

    Come check me out, I’m also on Twitter @Letters2BabyBoy

  7. Thanks for the inclusion. Perhaps we’ll get some real discussion going now which is not exclusive of adult adoptees and their experiences..

  8. Good thoughts Sharla! I was not aware of the “contest” at the Circle of Moms…I’m out of the loop. I like your idea. Going to visit some new blogs myself.

  9. Thanks for posting this. I never knew all the other sides of adoption up until last week and I am enjoying listening and learning about this whole new side of adoptions. I am a birth mom and I just always thought that all people who placed did it because they felt it was right for their child. I am so sad to hear that some people are basically forced to place. I can not wait to check out these blogs and find new ways to raise awareness and get things changed in this country.

    Thanks again!

  10. adopted our two little ones. xx

  11. I think it’s really cool that you did this.

  12. This is such a great collection of blogs on all aspects of adoption..it goes along way to debunking some of the myths, perceptions and prejudices we all have about each other in the adoption triangle. I am hoping we can all learn from each other and understand and support each other more so that laws and practices surrounding domestic and international adoptions are improved upon. Each blogger brings a valid and genuine experience to the table here and I commend everyone who has had the courage to share their stories. Our own personal journey through international adoption is very tenuous at the moment and must be kept confidential, but hopefully one day we will be able to add our blog to something like this. Thank you to everyone:)

  13. Even though I don’t find the time to blog as much as I’d like to, and even though I don’t talk a lot online about our open adoption experiences (out of respect to our children’s birthfamilies), I *love* this idea. Thanks Sharla!

  14. Thanks fro making this available, Sharla. :)

  15. Sharla, this made me laugh because I have already given away my left kidney. I’m glad you don’t require that to get on the list! :)

  16. There was more than one blog deleted – I think there were at least three of us.

    Anywho, mine’s at http://adoptedintheuk.wordpress.com/ and my blogroll lists over 100 other blogs, though I haven’t been through them all for ages so have no idea how many are still updated.

  17. I am so glad that this blog hop was created. I kept ranting about how adoption issues are not appropriate for a “contest.” I tried to link to the hop, hopefully technology won’t defeat me!

  18. Fantastic! :-)

  19. I LOVE this idea. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to check out some of these great blogs. :)

  20. My adoption journey.. Please share it with me. It took me 16 years to find my roots, and now that I have found everyone I’m can now make some sense of all the feelings I have had over the years about being adopted.

  21. Carrie says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this great resource of information! I’m enjoying learning about people’s adoption stories as I just start the homestudy process. It’s very helpful for me.

  22. This is the blog for the Adoption Goddess as well as the home of the Adoptive Mother’s Empowerment Circle:


  23. A blog hop! What fun! I am the mother of our two sons who were born in China, and I’m writing a blog on adoption and parenting for our local Catholic newspaper’s website. You’re welcome to follow along! I can’t wait to read some of yours: http://catholicreview.org/blogs/open-window

  24. hi from jane at flight platform living! i am a mummy of 3 kiddies, my eldest with smith magenis syndrome. I am also a special needs orphan advocator and fundraiser! just back from the Ukraine where i spent time with some wonderful kids in dire situation! would love to adopt a special needs child from where i visited but keep being given different answers to wether its possible…does anybody know if special needs kiddies can be adopted from abroad has anybody done it?

    • Jane, so glad you found us. It is very possible to adopt Special Needs kids from the Ukraine although I am not sure what the regulations are for you over in the UK. I would suggest that you start out by checking Reece’s Rainbow. They are a wonderful organization that advocates for Special Needs adoptions around the world. I know for sure that they work with Americans and Canadians but even if they can’t help facilitate because you are from the UK, they can probably point you in the right direction. There are a lot of blogs of families adopting special needs kids abroad that may be able to help too. I will email you about that. All the best to you as you pursue this. As I’m sure you know, there is such a need.

  25. Love connecting with other adoption and orphan care nuts!

  26. Excited to connect with others passionate about adoption and orphan care!

  27. Blessed to read all of these blogs!

  28. This is such a great idea. If you do it again in the future I would love to have my blog added as well. http://www.mixedbeautifully.blogspot.ca

    I started it in the purpose of sharing our adoption journey and life. Thanks!

  29. Thank you so much for this resource. It is great to read other blogs as my husband and I prepare for our first adoption.


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