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Free DNA Testing. Apply by April 30, 2018

Free DNA Testing. Apply by April 30, 2018 Genetic testing has exploded in popularity as people try to learn more about where (and whom) they come from. Some people are just curious, but many of us want or need to

Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number (ATIN)

If you are in the process of adopting a child, you may need to consider applying for an Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number, or ATIN. This is especially important at tax time. According to the Internal Revenue Service website:   “You

Happy First Birthday, Devin!


Happy Birthday to Devin, who turned the big 1 on January 31st! Devin’s adoption was finalized on September 6, 2017. Her parents, Erin and Tim, were kind enough to share some new photos of her enjoying her birthday and doing

Adoption Agencies and Facilitators in Wisconsin

Facilitators Adoption is a beautiful way to grow your family. One of your most important decisions when beginning the adoption process is selecting the resources you will use to locate a child who is available for adoption or to connect

Happy First Birthday, Branson!


It’s hard to believe that a whole year has already gone by since Branson was born and placed with his forever family: his mom Jen, his dad Brian and his sister, Zoe. Branson’s adoption was finalized in August of 2017

Mindfulness Monday: Toddler Tips

February has the fewest days, but can feel like the longest month for even the most experienced parents. Throw in bad weather or illness to make parenting even more challenging. Those of us who have lived through many Februarys have

Too Cute Tuesday: Welcome Baby Matthew!


It was a Christmas miracle when baby Matthew was born and placed with his adoptive parents, Bethany and Jeff, a few days before Christmas. Matthew came into this world on December 18, 2017, to a birth mother who wasn’t expecting

Mindfulness Monday: Part 6

Hello everyone, and happy Mindfulness Monday. To help start out your week right, we’re going to talk about “morning mindfulness” this week. “Morning mindfulness” is all about how you wake up in the morning, and making sure that you wake

Heidi Hansen’s New Hats

We were surprised and excited to receive a package containing more incredible baby hats from our friend Heidi Hansen in Minnesota. She has been busy, impressing us with her talents! We’ve been happy to give Heidi’s to our adoptive families

An Adoptive Father’s Parenting Story


Ben and Nick adopted their two sons, Sawyer and Harrison, through Adoptions of Wisconsin in 2013 and 2015. Becoming a family of four has challenges in itself. Things that parents often focus on are adapting parenting styles to meet the

Foodie Friday: Caprese Chicken Pasta

Happy Friday everyone! Welcome back to our regular Foodie Friday post. Today we’ve got a recipe for Caprese Chicken Pasta that tastes delicious. Ingredients half of a cup of balsamic vinegar quarter of a cup of sugar two tablespoons honey

Too Cute Tuesday: Welcome Baby Clark!


Welcome to the world, Clark! Katie and Jake met their son 2 weeks after his birth at an AOW bridge care provider’s home, where Clark had been staying since his discharge from the hospital. Clark’s birth mother wanted to choose

Foodie Friday: Some Savory Sausage Strata

Happy Friday everyone! For our weekly foodie Friday recipe we’ve got an easy, delicious, filling strata recipe to help keep you full and warm this weekend. Without further ado, here’s the recipe! Ingredients 1 pound sausage 6 (1 ounce) slices

Welcome Home Baby Carter!


We featured a couple sweet photos of baby Carter last month on our Facebook page when he had just arrived, and now we are catching up with welcoming him into the world! Carter was born on December 22, 2017, about

Foodie Friday Spicy Salsa


Happy Friday everyone! Your regular foodie Friday writer wants to fight the cold with a little heat, so today we’re doing a recipe for easy homemade spicy salsa.   For our spicy salsa, you’ve got a lot of leeway when

Tenley’s Vacation to Disney


Tenley was a very lucky toddler when she and her family traveled to Disney for a vacation this past December. She went with her parents, Cassandra and Kyle, and her older brother, Gavin. The family of four visited Disney, LegoLand

Heidi Hansen’s Baby Hats

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A Holiday Surprise At Adoptions of Wisconsin Over the holidays, Adoptions of Wisconsin received a wonderful surprise from a very thoughtful woman in Minnesota. Ms. Hansen heard about the babies being placed through AOW, and decided that she didn’t want

Happy Adoption Day, Kai!


Happy Adoption Day, Kai! Andy and Sarah celebrated the finalization of their son’s adoption on Wednesday, December 27, 2017. Kai was born on July 19, 2017 and has been in the care of Sarah and Andy since his discharge from

Happy Adoption Day, Harlow!


Happy Adoption Day, Harlow! Congratulations to Haley and Noah, who finalized the adoption of their daughter, Harlow, last Thursday, December 21st. Harlow was born on September 10, 2017, and has been loved and cherished in the care of her parents

Then and Now: Addison and Ashlyn

Adoption is a very central part of many families lives, and children who have been adopted often have questions about themselves. Curiosity and wonder are common feelings, along with uncertainty and confusion. Adoption professionals have come to many conclusions about

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