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Considering Adoption When You Have a Chronic Illness

It can be emotionally devastating to not only have to deal with a chronic illness but then be dealt the hand of infertility on top of it. Sometimes the infertility can be a natural state that would have happened regardless of your illness or not; other times, it can be related. Perhaps your illness prevents you from carrying a child, or you are unable to go off of the medications which could be harmful for a unborn child.

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Adoption Books About the "Process"
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Rest Ministries founder, Lisa Copen, has rheumatoid arthritis and despite the doctor's assurance that she was able to become pregnant, she still stopped trying when her body wore down and she decided to not going any further with infertility treatments.

After two years of waiting to adopt, Lisa and her husband were blessed with a child through adoption and Joshua has blessed their family since 2003. So much so that Lisa began Scrapbook My Adoption to make sure her son knows his whole story.

We hope that you will help us add to this page with resources and articles, as well as participate in our Sunroom Groups for Adoption and Infertility.

Resources Adoption Tools
The largest adoption web site!

Adoption Search
A website providing a wealth of information on sites related to adoption

Adoptive Families of America Adoption Magazine
The largest national adoptive family nonprofit support organization (20,000 members).

Jewell Among Jewels Adoption Network, Inc.
Through writing and speaking, Jewell Among Jewels seeks to honor, educate, and encourage those touched by adoption.

Parenting after Infertility Ministries (PAI)
A Christian-based support ministry for those who have suffered through the heartache of infertility and/or loss and are now blessed to be called Mom. Whether you became a Mom through the gift of adoption, by a miracle pregnancy and birth, or if you are a foster Mom, PAI offers a safe place for you to share your joy and seek support from other moms.

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Book Recommendation Magazines

You May Be Able to Adopt! A Guide to the Adoption Option for Prospective Mothers with Disabilities and Their Partners

by Megan Kirshbaum, et. al. and Linda Toms Baker, et. al. This is an excellent guidebook for people with disabilities who are considering adoption as a means of building a family. This is an excellent supplement to other publications about adoption, because it deals specifically with issues that prospective parents with disabilities may face. For more information about this publication, visit the Through the Looking Glass web site or give them a call at 1-800-644-2666.

Adoptive Families Magazine
An award-winning national adoption magazine, is the leading adoption information source for families before, during, and after adoption.


Adoption Today
Your guide to the issues and answers surrounding International and domestic adoption. Written by adoptive parents, adoptees and professionals in the fields of medicine, law, education, social work, child development and International and domestic adoption.

Fostering Families TODAY
This magazine explores the issues that profoundly affect families and children through articles and stories reflecting professional expertise and the experienced perspective of dedicated parents.

Adopting Books About the "Process"
See Our Other Pages on Parenting

Adopting When You Have a Chronic Illness (our founder, Lisa, adopted!)
High Risk Pregnancy When You Have a Chronic Illness
Infertility Resources
Moms with a Chronic Illness
Dads with a Chronic Illness

Adoption Group in the Sunroom
Infertility Group in the Sunroom



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