Adoption Blog

Adoption Shame: My Experience with Post-Placement Depression and Attachment Issues

By: 
Emmy Rinke, Adoptive Mother through LSS

The Beginning

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Urgent! One month to find family for sibling group

By: 
Children's Home & LSS Staff

$10,000 child-specific grant available to the adoptive family of these brothers

A group of four handsome brothers urgently needs a permanent family as they are at risk of being separated! The brothers, ages 16, 12, 10 and 6, have various interests, but have one thing in common: a close, secure bond with one another. If we do not find a family for these boys within the next month, the eldest brother will be separated from his younger siblings.... Read more


Somewhere Out There: Inspired to help another family begin their adoption story

By: 
Randy Betcher, Adoptive Father and Adoption Support Fund Advocate

A chance conversation on the day they attended their first adoption information meeting at Children’s Home moved Randy and Marcy Betcher to help other families who yearned to adopt a child.

The Betchers adopted their son, Andrew, and daughter, Kira, from Korea. In the years since, Randy and Marcy established an endowment at Children’s Home, which helps provide Adoption Support Fund grants to families adopting older children, sibling groups, and children with special needs.... Read more


A Boy Who Waits: Meet J

By: 
Children's Home & LSS Staff

Meet the perfect example of an energetic, athletic, and sociable ten-year-old boy. J loves everything that many boys his age enjoy: sports, animals, playing with his peers, and being outdoors. He is very interested in animal sounds and enjoys imitating them. This happy young boy is waiting for a family to play with and to love.... Read more


Organizing Tips from an Unorganized Person

By: 
Sonya Judkins, Adoptive Mother and Blogger

A friend recently asked me to share tips on how to organize all the papers and medical information for my children.  I am by no means an expert on organizing, in fact I am naturally a very unorganized person.  But when you are a mom, especially to five little people, you have to learn a few tricks to keep the house running.  Here are a few things our family does to maintain our sanity.

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Child Who Waits: Meet E

By: 
Children's Home & LSS Staff

Meet an extroverted, social, and affectionate girl who enjoys life to the fullest. That is how those who are closest to E describe her.  Her laugh is contagious and she loves to communicate. E will be turning 3 years old this summer and is waiting for a family to make her own and share her outgoing energy with.... Read more


Benefactors' Luncheon celebrates legacy giving that helps children thrive

By: 
Children's Home Staff

Benefactors’ Luncheon is an occasion when countless reunions occur. You can feel the energy in a room alive with conversations as individuals who adopted children share their family news with the Children’s Home staff members who guided them through the process. Meanwhile, former board members reconnect with one another and recall their years of service.... Read more


Being a Real Man: Lessons from My Dad

By: 
Joel Peterson, Adoptee and Author of Dreams of My Mothers

“Let us pray.” My dad’s bass voice rumbled as he bowed his head.

I was a sixteen year-old who had been adopted at age six – an fact about me that would play a crucial role this day. Our house was Mom’s pride and joy. Anyone who walked into Ellen Linquist’s home knew exactly what holiday season it was—all the major and minor holidays and everyone’s birthday.  I think Dad loved our home all the more for the “Ellen Lindquist-ness” of it. ... Read more


A Child Who Waits: Meet C in South Asia

By: 
Children's Home & LSS Staff

A $5,000 child-specific grant is available for C's family

Meet C, a happy toddler who likes to play with other children. He just turned two years old this spring! He walks unassisted, speaks a few words, and likes to play games with his orphanage peers. C waits due to his gender and a blood disorder for which he receives treatment. 

We cannot share clear photos of this little boy online, but photos and further information can be provided to those who inquire.... Read more


2014 Annual Report: Your Support Makes All The Difference

By: 
Children's Home Staff

Because of you, 254 children joined permanent families last year.

Because of you, we were able to serve 4,348 people through our adoption programs, post-adoption services, and birthparent and pregnancy counseling.

Because of you, volunteers and interns devoted 3,189 hours to help children thrive.

Because of you – our caring friends and eager supporters, generous donors and dedicated volunteers – Children’s Home is celebrating 125 years of service. Thank you!... Read more


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