How to Use your Book
The Three Most Important Affirmations For Every Part of My Journey
Choosing to Adopt
Whom to Adopt
Choosing My Circle of Support
Choosing the Right Adoption Professionals
My “Emotional Pregnancy”
Being a Single Adoptive Parent
Handling My Fears
Once a Birth Mom Has Shown Interest
Enduring the Wait
Starting Over (If Adoption Falls Through)
My Own Adoption Affirmations
My Support System to Say to Themselves
About the Co-Authors
Adoption Affirmations provides you positive thoughts to say to yourself for each part of your adoption journey and even some for your loved ones to say. You will also find a few tender thoughts that your child-to-be may say to you someday. There are nearly 80 Affirmations in all to help you remain hopeful, confront your fears with grace, feel in control during the highs and lows, and increase your joy. Adoption Affirmations is unique in that it is also a flipbook of a growing tree to provide you visual inspiration. As your hope grows, so too does the realization of your own family tree.
Adoption Affirmations is for several groups of people. First and foremost, it is for everyone who is considering becoming an adoptive parent or are already in the midst of their adoption journey. This book will also be an extremely helpful guide for the family members, friends, and colleagues of anyone considering adoption or already pursuing adoption. In order to provide continued hopeful support, the book is an invaluable tool as well for anyone who works in adoptions and with families such as adoption facilitators, adoption attorneys, social workers, doctors, therapists, and educators/teachers, as well as for faith-based leaders such as ministers, rabbis, priests, and also support group facilitators.
Keri Gee Semmelman is the lucky mom of a bubbly daughter whom she and her husband adopted at birth. Prior to adopting such a miracle baby (as she weighed only 1½ pounds), they endured a five-year journey that included a couple of adoptions that fell through and numerous other hopefuls. Yet, every experience was meaningful beyond words. In addition to being a doting mom, Keri Gee does community relations work and is an award-winning speaker and presentation trainer, as well as a happiness historian and poet. She has taught on college campuses and actively served on numerous nonprofit boards revolving around helping families and keeping children safe. Her work has led to earning a commendation from former First Lady Barbara Bush and receiving many other distinguished honors. In addition to this book, Adoption Affirmations, several others are in the works. She and her family reside in Orange County, California
Nikki Biers was already a wife and the mother of four children when she became passionate about adopting. She first worked in the field of adoptions in 1991 at an adoption law firm. After remarrying, she did an extensive four years of study to help those in need—both spiritually and physically—which included advocating for pregnant mothers. During that time, she and her husband became adoptive parents, and they opened The Best Gift Adoptions as registered adoption facilitators. During their journey, their second attempted adoption involved the heartbreak of a birth mom reclaiming the baby. Sadly, the child died two weeks later. Never giving up hope and always an inspiration, they went on to fulfill their family tree. This is Nikki’s second book. First, she authored a step-by-step information-packed book called Adoption: The Best Gift—A handbook for prospective adoptive parents. Highly respected in the field, she has assisted in more than 600 successful adoptions and been featured on radio. She and her family reside in California’s San Fernando Valley.
I wish Adoption Affirmations was around years ago when I went through the adoption process. The book is a wonderful resource. May it inspire you to adopt, especially since there are so many children of all ages out there who need you.
Adoption Affirmations is more than a book, it is a heartfelt tool to refer to often for every person wanting to adopt a child. It will encourage you to persevere with a heart of hope and compassion as you become an incredible blessing to children through adoption.
The journey to adoption usually starts with a flicker of hope that we could positively change the life of one less fortunate. But through the process, we learn that the life that has been changed was our own. ADOPTION AFFIRMATIONS is filled with insightful advice to help you navigate the process of adoption in a more positive way which makes a potentially tempest journey attainable.
Adoption Affirmations is a beautiful and profoundly comforting book, which will be a treasured companion during the adoption journey. Semmelman and Biers have written an inspirational and indispensable guide which will help keep your heart open on your path to finding the child that was meant for you.
Adoption Affirmations is a landmark book for anyone considering adoption. The book’s understanding between the mind, emotions, and self-talk is insightful and significant. The book is based on personal experiences and serves as a practical handbook for adoption. I highly recommend it.
Adopting Parents everywhere will be encouraged by these morsels of adoption wisdom. Adoption Affirmations infuses HOPE into the oft-times challenging journey of adoption and helps make sense of the roller-coaster emotions adoptive parents often experience along the way. These authors know their subject matter firsthand and offer incredible insight to their readers.
We encourage you to gather together, once or more a month, with other individuals or couples also considering or going through adoption. It will help you to talk about your experiences and to read together selected affirmations from the book. Please let us know if you’d like us to call in for ideally your first gathering so we can share our love and appreciation for all of you and help set the tone to fulfilling your own family trees. Please provide as much notice as possible. We’ll do our absolute best to accommodate all such requests.
If you are hosting a conference or event for prospective adoptive parents and/or for those currently on their journey to adopt, and would like to have us serve as your inspiring keynote speaker or workshop presenter, please contact us.