From Sheryl's Desk

Agency Update and Trends

We continue to be busy with regular calls from prospective birthparents. This past week our social workers also managed the painful work of a revocation, followed by two challenging instant placements and two other placements where we had been actively working with the birthfamilies and adoptive families that were matched. 

Although adoption is never straight forward, there does seem to be a trend toward additional layers of complexities.  We have seen an increase in our cases of regular prenatal exposure to drugs and / or alcohol, criminal activity and mental health concerns.  We are definitely in need of adoptive parents who are accepting of and able to meet the needs of a child who has been prenatally exposed to regular alcohol and drug use. If you are interested in learning more about these challenges, this link offers excellent information for professionals and parents: Recognizing and Managing Children with Alcohol Syndrome / Fetal Alcohol Effects.

 “Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life.”  Janine di Giovanni. 

Our Director of Outreach, Jean Lucas, has been working hard to ensure strong connections and adoption awareness in our community. Her efforts have already been very impactful by the increase in option inquiries from those facing an unplanned pregnancy.  Adoption Options is committed to ensuring anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy, or perhaps is parenting and struggling, is aware of their options and considers open adoption as a possible positive option for themselves and their child.