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ADOPTION IS NEVER “GIVING UP”

ADOPTION IS NEVER “GIVING UP”

Having adopted children myself and being in the adoption field for so many years, I have often come across people who have asked me how a mother could “give up her child” for adoption. I always cringe a little when I hear those words. I think it is all the things associated with the word “giving up”.  The technical definition…

TWINSTERS: A REVIEW

TWINSTERS: A REVIEW

Twinsters is a touching and truly amazing documentary about adoption. This is a raw story that will tug at your heartstrings, and make you think about what it means to be family. In February 2013, Anaïs, a French fashion student living in London, stumbled upon a YouTube video featuring Samantha, an actress in Los Angeles, and was struck by their…

HOSPITAL ART SHOW

HOSPITAL ART SHOW

Because we work in adoption, the Gift of Life staff has spent many hours in hospital lobbies.  Whether we are waiting for a birth mother to deliver, signing paperwork with an adoptive couple, or just dropping off Holiday goodies to the nursing staff, we have walked through the doors of dozens of hospitals all through out the state of Florida.…

HELPING FAMILIES IN CITRUS COUNTY

HELPING FAMILIES IN CITRUS COUNTY

Over 30 years ago, Ginger West was a foster mother who had cared for over 200 children in her home over the years.  Ginger and a small group of foster parents saw a tremendous need in the Citrus County community to strengthen the family unit and to keep children from going into foster care. This group created a corporation called…

CASEWORKER ABOUT TOWN: SEA CREATURES

CASEWORKER ABOUT TOWN: SEA CREATURES

Being a Florida adoption agency, Gift of Life is use to seeing sea creatures everywhere.  We’ve got alligators in nearly every body of water.  We can often catch a glimpse of dolphin fins while going over the Courtney Campbell Causeway in Clearwater. We even named an entire county after manatees. But recently, some of our caseworkers spotted some sea creatures…

CASEWORKERS ABOUT TOWN

CASEWORKERS ABOUT TOWN

Gift of Life Adoptions has traveled all over the state of Florida in our almost twenty years of adoption work.  We have had the opportunity to see some real community gems and local charms of this great state.  Whether it’s a collection of lovely local art or an interesting little shop, our travels open our eyes to more of Florida…

6 KEYS TO A GREAT ADOPTION PROFILE

6 KEYS TO A GREAT ADOPTION PROFILE

Gift of Life has seen hundreds of adoptive family profiles in our almost 20 years of being open.  We have seen them change from homemade scrapbooks, to word documents and powerpoint displays, and now they are mostly beautiful glossy books from many of the photography websites and software that is now available. I recently asked our Adoptive Parent Coordinator to…

A CELEBRATION OF COMMUNITY SERVICE

A CELEBRATION OF COMMUNITY SERVICE

Gift of Life Adoptions was honored to attend an open house at Oasis Pregnancy Care Center.  On Monday May 11, 2015 Oasis officially celebrated the two year anniversary of being at their Wesley Chapel location. A lovely volunteer graciously took our staff on a tour and told wonderful stories of all they have been able to accomplish there in the…

A NEW FLORIDA DESTINATION SPOT

A NEW FLORIDA DESTINATION SPOT

If you happen to be vacationing in Florida, come visit the Gift of Life bus bench.  It is wonderfully placed in Bradenton, by the majestic Manatee River. This scenic location is complete with broad walkways and rustling palm trees.  Some of the amenities this bus bench has to offer are sitting, lounging and leaning. Conveniently situated next to the Manatee…

TALKING ABOUT ADOPTION ALL OVER THE COUNTRY

TALKING ABOUT ADOPTION ALL OVER THE COUNTRY

Commonwealth Catholic Charities in Richmond, Virginia and Gift of Life Adoptions have a great partnership. For several years, we have been working together to create families through adoption.  This wonderful relationship has resulted in several completed adoptions. CCC invited Leah Wild and Roxanne Robertson from Gift of Life to give a presentation to approximately 25 people. Several of these hopeful…