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Birthday Wishes

This week, we wanted to share a blog post written by adoptee and adoptive mom, Madeleine Melcher.

Her letter to her birth mother is both endearing and encouraging. Read on to learn from her experience.


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Facebook Favorites: Adoption Pages We Love

facebookfavesWhen you surf on your smartphone, tablet, or computer, do you feel like you are bombarded with information? In this age of social media and mobility, there is definitely no lack of content. It’s finding the factual, reliable content that’s the tricky part. For example, so much information is available online about adoption and unfortunately, not all of it is trustworthy. We’ve selected a few organizations’ Facebook pages and websites that we think do a pretty good job of educating, inspiring, and spreading adoption love, in general. Here are some of our favorites:


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Summer Break is Over?!?!

summer-fall transitionWe can’t believe it either. As you may have noticed, Chosen Child has taken a break over the summer from the blogosphere, but we’ll kick off a new series of blogs after the Labor Day weekend. We hope all of you enjoyed your summer and are relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated! Stay tuned for our kick-off blog in a couple of weeks!


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Charity Golf Classic Update

CharityGolfLogoWebOur first charity golf tournament and silent auction event was a grand success! We had 120 players in the tournament and many others who came for the dinner and auction. The Eldorado Country Club was a beautiful venue and the weather was simply perfect for a great day on the golf course. Those who attended were able to hear two testimonies from adoptive fathers who have worked with our agency. And one of our birth families were also able to attend! What a wonderful example of open adoption in action!! We want to say a HUGE “Thank You” to all our sponsors, volunteers, participants, and donors who made this day a wonderful success. Thank you for assisting our agency in raising money to assist our birth parents and our operating needs.


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CCAS Charity Golf Classic Update

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Our first charity golf tournament and silent auction event was a grand success! We had 120 players in the tournament and many others who came for the dinner and auction. The Eldorado Country Club was a beautiful venue and the weather was simply perfect for a great day on the golf course. Those who attended were able to hear two testimonies from adoptive fathers who have worked with our agency. And one of our birth families were also able to attend! What a wonderful example of open adoption in action!! We want to say a HUGE “Thank You” to all our sponsors, volunteers, participants, and donors who made this day a wonderful success. Thank you for assisting our agency in raising money to assist our birth parents and our operating needs.


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Nia’s Voice

Nia Vardalos with her daughter.

Nia Vardalos with her daughter.

Nia Vardalos, Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated actress and writer of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, has just penned a book, Instant Mom, a humorous and sentimental memoir of her adoption journeyDaily, she works on balancing her acting and writing career with motherhood and adoption advocacy. She sat down with Adoptive Families magazine to talk about adoption. Here’s an excerpt from her inspiring and refreshing interview.

Q: Why did you write Instant Mom?
A: I kept looking for the reason that the success of My Big Fat Greek Wedding happened to me. At that time, I was struggling to have a child. When we were matched with our daughter and I became a ridiculously, gushingly happy mom, it dawned on me–I think I’m supposed to be using my big mouth to talk about adoption!

Q: You tell a lot of secrets for the first time. Why now?

A: I’ve realized there’s a difference between secrecy and discretion, and I found the process of letting go of shame to be completely liberating.

Q: Why did you include the How-To-Adopt appendix in Instant Mom?

A: While researching adoption options I couldn’t find that one resource that would explain terms and phrases and, more importantly, how to adopt, worldwide. I’d studied methods in the U.S., plus many, many international countries’ rules. This way, it’s all in one book for people to decide what’s right for them–from domestic infant adoption, to fostering, to adopting from India.

Q: Did you have well-meaning friends and relatives advise against adopting from foster care because of the myths that the children are “damaged”?
A: Yes, and to be honest, I don’t disparage anyone for worrying, because the media has done a good job of only picking up those rare, scary stories. Most people in Hollywood are more damaged than any child living in foster care!


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We’ve Moved!

New office signOur office has relocated!!!! After setting up shop more than four years ago at 101 W. McDermott Drive, Chosen Child Adoption Services now has a new office and a new location! We are still in Allen, just across the street and West from our old location. We spent most of last week moving into our space and absolutely love it! We have more than doubled our work space and offices, with increased confidentiality and plenty of room to continue growing as needed. The address is 515 W. Main Street, Suite 110 in Allen. We will be having an official ribbon cutting ceremony in April, so be looking for more information about that soon! In the meantime, feel free to drop by and visit our new place!


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Open Adoption and the Moon

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I found a fantastic piece on open adoption and I wanted to share the story with you all through the Chosen Child blog. The author captures the meaning of openness in such a natural and uncomplicated way. Reading her words was a beautiful experience. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. The link is below.

http://www.usadopt.com/2013/02/11/i-want-to-touch-the-moon/?utm_source=Touch%20the%20moon&utm_campaign=News%20from%20USAdopt%20-%20Adoption%20insight%2C%20news%20and%20events&utm_medium=socialshare


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Post-Placement – Not Just Paperwork

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The National Council for Adoption’s  February 2013 issue of the Adoption Advocate, written by Michael Yates and Kristi Kulesz, offers guidance on consistent, high-quality post-adoption services that both children and families need to thrive. Pre-adoption preparation alone is often insufficient for adoptive parents, especially when adopting older children and youth who have experienced trauma and loss.Oftentimes, emphasis is displaced on “paper permanency” in adoption, which is important, but true and lasting permanency requires individualized, comprehensive post-adoption support for both adopted children and their families. To read the entire issue, please visit https://www.adoptioncouncil.org/publications/adoption-advocate-no-56.html.

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The March Continues

Abby Johnson

Abby Johnson

The annual March for Life rally was held today in Washington, D.C. Thousands of pro-lifers made their way through the streets of Washington, eventually ending up at the Supreme Court. This year’s March coincides with the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. A woman from Texas, Abby Johnson,  is participating in the March. She was at the Youth for Life March too. You may already know who she is, but I hadn’t heard of her until yesterday when I listened to her being interviewed on the radio.

Abby is a former Clinic Director for Planned Parenthood. She left the Texas clinic where she worked in 2009 after witnessing an abortion. Since then her life has been completely transformed. Now, Abby travels across the globe sharing her story, educating the public on pro-life issues, advocating for the unborn, and reaching out to abortion clinic staff who still work in the industry.  She is the Chief Research Strategist for Live Action Films, Senior Policy Advisor for American United for Life and works on projects for various pro-life organizations. Her book, “unPlanned” is about her journey from Planned Parenthood to Pro-Life.

I was touched and inspired by her courage, determination and faith. Maybe she’ll be an inspiration to you too.


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