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When Openness Doesn’t Happen in Adoption

Here at Thompson Dove, we’ve been fortunate to witness many, many adoption situations advance beautifully and smoothly. One complicated aspect of adoption is that it brings together a handful of complete strangers – often in painful or vulnerable seasons of life – and asks them to commit to moving forward in a forever kind of […]

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Diversify Your Bookshelf

“Once children see themselves represented in books, their existence is validated, and they feel that they are part of the world.” Eric Velasquez (award winning author and/or illustrator of many children’s books including Grandma’s Records and Grandma’s Gift) As adoptive parents, we have an extra responsibility to make sure our homes reflect not only the culture and ethnicity […]

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Becca’s Adoption Story

I will never forget the day I got the call from Lauren, our case worker within the Law firm. Just by chance, we had been emailing back and forth regarding something about our home study so when I saw the South Carolina area code on my cell phone, I didn’t for a second think I […]

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An Adoption Story (Kim)

We asked adoptive mom, Kim, to share the moment when she become a mother. The day I became a mother was so special, but before I dive into that, allow me to share with you the events that led up to the day I met my daughter. The wait for our child seemed like an […]

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A Letter to My Children’s Birthmothers

We reached out to several adoptive mothers who have worked with our firm and asked if they’d like to share a letter for their children’s birthmothers in honor of Birth Mother’s Day on May 9th. Today we’re sharing Jessica’s. To my Children’s Birth Mothers, For years I genuinely dreaded Mother’s Day. Infertility and eventually miscarriages […]

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An Open Adoption Q&A [Kristen]

1.     How do you define the moment when you first became a mother? Many moments stand out for me when I think about our adoption journeys.  First, making the decision to choose adoption and sharing the plan with our family and friends.   Secondly, starting the ‘work’: meeting with our social worker,  reading the literature, and connecting […]

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Interview with a Birthmom (Victoria)

I was a single mother with three kids, and found myself pregnant, and the father wanted no part of the baby and myself. Which at the time was heartbreaking, but now looking back was the biggest lesson and blessing I have ever learned. I am not the same afterwards, but it’s all in a good […]

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Interview with a Gestational Carrier (Part 3: Jennifer)

Today we’re talking with Jennifer, one of the gestational carriers we’ve been privileged to work with. What led you to pursue becoming a gestational carrier? After my husband and I had our first anniversary we wanted to start having children and grow our family. We tried for a few months and I was not getting […]

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Interview with a Gestational Carrier (Part 2: Brandy)

Today we’re talking with Brandy, one of the gestational carriers we’ve been privileged to work with. What led you to pursue becoming a gestational carrier? I love being pregnant! After having my son in 2013 I started missing being pregnant not long after his delivery. Then in November 2017 my family gathered at my sister’s […]

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Interview with a Gestational Carrier (Part 1: Stephanie)

Today we’re talking with Stephanie, one of the gestational carriers we’ve been privileged to work with. What led you to pursue becoming a gestational carrier? I was intrigued about the process after first being an egg donor. I loved being pregnant, but my husband and I felt like our family was complete. I looked into […]

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