Adoption

Un-Masking Emotions in Adoption

Adoption is an emotional journey, one with many ups and downs. Birthparents can experience a range of emotions from joy to sorrow, certainty to doubt. All of these emotions are a normal part of the process.


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Openness: Closing Uncertainty in Adoption

It is clear that open adoptions benefit every member of the triad but today we look at how open adoptions impact birth parents and their relationship with their child.


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I’ll Never See My Baby Again and Other Adoption Misconceptions

Birth parents considering adoption must sort through all sorts of myths and misconceptions so they can make an informed decision. We hope that, in the future, we will live in a culture where everyone will understand the realities of adoption.


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An Interview with Betty Clinkinbeard – Part 1

In 1983, as part of the 65th birthday celebration, Hope Cottage began compiling histories of people whose lives have been touched by Hope Cottage. This is an excerpt from an with Betty Clinkinbeard, who first volunteered as the agency’s secretary in 1948 and began working full time for the agency in 1958.


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National Swim a Lap Day

In honor of National Swim a Lap Day, June 24, here is an old photo showing Hope Babies ready for a swim.


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A Hope Baby from the 1920’s

From the Archives: A happy baby from the 1920's.


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Hope Cottage Welcomes New Chief Executive Officer

We want to take this opportunity to introduce you to our new Chief Executive Officer, Brooks Quinlan, LMSW-AP.


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Kids Raising Hope

Hope Cottage Adoptee Faith Hills-Cline challenges all Hope Babies under the age of 21 to join “Kids Raising Hope” and commit to raising $100 for Hope Cottage during the summer months.


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Mommy to Be Conference

On Tuesday June 6th, Hope Cottage hosed the 2nd Annual Mommy-to-Be Conference for pregnant teens.


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Hope Cottage Kicks Off Centennial Celebration

The damp weather on Saturday June 3rd did not deter stalwart families, fans and supporters from turning out for the 1st Step Up for Hope charity walk kicking off Hope Cottage’s year long centennial celebration.


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Hewlett Packard Takes Care of Hope Cottage Clients

For the last two years, Hewlett Packard has held an employee led, company wide initiative of giving back to the community called 40 Days of Doing. Kim Ortolani was looking for a way to energize her co-workers in the Plano office and it just seemed natural for her to reach out to Hope Cottage.


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Serving Hope a Smashing Success

For the 4th year, the Hope Cottage Leadership Council hosted Serving Hope, their annual Sand Volleyball Tournament benefitting the Foster to Adopt Program at Hope Cottage. More than 85 people battled it out to land the coveted title of champion while raising more than $5,000.


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Hope Cottage Honors Longtime Donors

On Tuesday evening, March 28th, Hope Cottage hosted its annual Donor Recognition Reception.


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Building Dedication, Donor Reception – A Busy Two Days at Hope Cottage

On August 5, 2016 we finally moved into our new home at 609 Texas Street and on September 22, 2016 we had the ribbon cutting ceremony and building dedication


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Second Annual Boo Games Held at Hope Cottage

The 2nd Annual Boo Games, hosted by the Hope Cottage Leadership Council, was held last night at Hope Cottage.


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Frisco Texas Shawnee Trails Stake Provides for Pregnancy Clients

A big shout out and thank you to the Frisco Texas Shawnee Trails Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for providing for our Pregnancy Clients. The group came together and put together hospital comfort bags for Hope Cottage Pregnancy Clients.


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Hope Cottage Adoptee Featured in Video

Hope Cottage adoptee, John Dickey has a life long relationship with Hope Cottage. He is currently serving a six year term as a member of the Board of Directors (President 2013-2015) and is a Founding Member of the Hope Cottage Leadership Council.


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Serving Hope 2016

If you were not at Sandbar Cantina & Grill on Saturday for the 3rd Annual Serving Hope Sand Volleyball Tournament, you missed a GREAT time.


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Day 165 of Raising the Roof…Part II…Topping Out

According to Wikipedia…”In building construction, topping out (sometimes referred to as topping off) is a builders’ rite traditionally held when the last beam (or its equivalent) is placed atop a structure during its construction.”


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Hope Baby All Grown Up and Gives Back

For Kenda Nunez, Hope Cottage was always a very special place. It was through Hope Cottage that Kenda was placed as a four day old infant in her forever home. Kenda was turning 30 and pondering how to make this momentous birthday even more special. Her husband has a band, Caliber Theory…why not turn it into a benefit concert and call it Rock For Hope!


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Day 165 of Raising the Roof…at Hope Cottage

We have “roofage” (made up word, but it seems to fit!) It is amazing how quickly the roof was put up!


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Openly Adopted Audrey – Part 3

We were introduced to Audrey’s birth family during the Thanksgiving holidays in 2002. Our case worker at Hope Cottage invited us to meet in front of the fire in the main living area at the agency.


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Hope Cottage in the News – Young Children Raise Funds for Hope Cottage

From the very first days we opened our doors, the community has generously supported Hope Cottage with their gifts. Some are very unique, such as this recital from 1922.


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HCLC Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Last night the Hope Cottage Leadership Council (HCLC) held their 2nd Annual Ugly Christmas Party at HGSply Co. Garishly attired guests, some even sporting tinseled headgear, brought children’s books to be given out this Christmas season by the agency.


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Openly Adopted Audrey – Part 2

Hi. I’m Audrey. I was adopted through Hope Cottage in 2003. I’d like share some things that have made open adoption “me” if that makes sense.


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Openly Adopted Audrey – Part 1

My daughter was brought into my life because of Hope Cottage. I want to share her story because the journey has eclipsed all of my ideals, goals and presuppositions I had before this experience.


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Honoring Your Child’s Birthmother

In honor of National Adoption Month, take the time to read a wonderful article co-authored by one of our Hope Cottage moms about how their family honors their daughters’ birthmothers. How do you honor your child’s birth family members?


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From a Hope Baby…

Yesterday, one of our Hope Babies shared this photo, story and poem through Facebook. We thought you might like to read it too.


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Post Adoption Group Halloween Party

On October 31st, costumed parents and children from the Post Adopt Group held their Annual Halloween Party at Hope Cottage.


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Nibbles and Sips for Hope Cottage

On October 29th Hope Baby Carmyn Neely and her husband Joe opened their home and hosted a gathering of their friends for “Nibbles and Sips with Hope Cottage”.


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Day 129 Signing the Main Beam at Dallas Adoption Agency Hope Cottage

Even though it will be covered with stone and wood and not visible after the building is finished, we (and you) will know that it is there


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Day 131 of Raising the Roof at Hope Cottage

This V-shaped piece is directly over the main entrance to the building. It is getting easier to see what the finished product will be!


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Young Profesionals Host Halloween Boo Games

Hope Cottage Leadership Council recently held their first Boo Games: Halloween Trivia and Diaper Drive. The price of admission was a pack of diapers which were shared between Hope Cottage and Alley’s House.


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Day 64 of Raising the Roof…

The concrete is flowing! Getting ready for a foundation.


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Health Officials Visit Hope Cottage – 1922

Note the mention of Dallas as being a very philanthropic city – some things never change. Dallasites have been/are/and will be giving and supportive to area nonprofits.


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Day 43 of Raising the Roof at Hope Cottage

Construction continues on their new home at Dallas adoption agency Hope Cottage. Today’s forecast…lots of dump trucks and digging.


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Day 39 of Raising the Roof at Hope Cottage

Progress continues on Hope Cottage’s new home under an absolutely beautiful sky today.


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Day 38 of Raising the Roof at Hope Cottage

Day 38 of #raisingtheroof #forthenext100years at Hope Cottage involved sewer work! Lots of progres


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Day 36 of Raising the Roof…at Hope Cottage

It’s Day 36 of #raisingtheroof #forthenext100years at Hope Cottage. Looks like we are getting ready for some concrete work!


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Day 33 of Raising the Roof…at Hope Cottage

Looks like it is “Twins Day”.


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Day 24 Raising the Roof…at Hope Cottage

Seeing the stakes on the lot has our Development Director thinking about getting together a game of croquet!


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Day 16…Raising the Roof at Hope Cottage

Day 16 of #raisingtheroof #forthenext100years at Hope Cottage. Looks like the bottom layer of a cake. Ooo…did someone say cake?


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Day 15…Raising the Roof…at Hope Cottage

The bulldozer is still at it. In honor of the occasion, this song came to mind (sung to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)


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Day 11…Raising the Roof…For the Next 100 Years at Hope Cottage

Day 11…the bulldozer is back. One more dirt mound and a little snow and we could have some fun. And look – we have a portapotty!


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Day 11…Raising the Roof…For The Next 100 Years…Hope Cottage

Wow! Look what greeted us when we came back from lunch! More mountains of dirt and the beginnings of a hole.


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Raising the Roof…For the Next 100 Years Day 9

The bulldozer crew sure starts up early. This is the sight that greeted us at 7:30 this morning as we rounded the corner.


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Day 7 Raising the Roof…for the next 100 years

Day 7 found us with a bigger dirt pile and now a concrete mound.


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Raising the Roof…For the Next 100 Years End of Day 1

And by the end of the day, most of the asphalt had been broken up. We will be posting pictures of our progress, so check back frequently.


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Raising the Roof…For the Next 100 Years

According to Hope Cottage staff member Christina Easton, today is like Christmas in July. And it is!


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Unique Fundraising for Hope Cottage

Now here is something unique – one special person turned over the fee he received from caddying! If you know who the mystery caddy was, please let us know.


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Thank You Dallas Children’s Charities

Giving a big shout out to Dallas Children’s Charities for their support of the Hope Cottage Foster to Adopt Program!


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Happy Birthday Hope Cottage!

Happy 97th Birthday Hope Cottage! Consider making a gift to Hope Cottage in celebration of ninety seven years of building strong families!


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National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

On Saturday May 16th, Hope Cottage staff participated in the first National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Fair at the African American Museum in Dallas.


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Common Myths About Adopting From Foster Care

Interested in learning more about adopting from foster care but not sure? Here are some great articles that help dispel common myths about adopting from foster care. Or you can attend one of Hope Cottage’s upcoming Foster to Adopt Open Houses.


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What Do All Those Letters Mean?

Did you know March is National Social Worker Month? In honor of all the great social workers at Hope Cottage, we are sharing a bit of knowledge about their profession…


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Meet the Staff – Kim Kunz

Welcome Kim Kunz, Foster to Adopt Case Manager!


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#TBT – 1933


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#TBT – 1920’s


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#TBT – 1931


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#TBT – 1930’s


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#TBT – 1932


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#TBT – 1925


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#TBT – 1930’s


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#TBT – 1929


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#TBT – 1928


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#TBT


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#TBT 1954


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Meet the Staff – Vicki Wright

Vicki herself is an adoptive mother. Raised in an Air Force family, she moved around a great deal while growing up, including a posting in Germany.


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#TBT Tribute 1921


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Meet the Staff – Jackie Moreno

Jackie has an intense desire to not only help children find better lives but also to help women improve their lives.


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Meet the Staff – Kathryn Ingels

While a teacher, Kathryn Ingels realized that while she wanted to continue to impact the lives of children, what she really wanted to do was social work.


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Meet the Staff – Amanda Scoggin

Amanda was first drawn to social work when she saw her sister adopt her nieces. Amanda knew then she wanted to help other children find their forever families.


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Meet the Staff – Christa Stewart

Christa Stewart joined the Hope Cottage Foster to Adopt staff earlier this spring as a Home Developer. As a Home Developer, she recruits, trains and verifies new foster to adopt homes.


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Lunch and Learn with Hope Cottage

Last week, Hope Cottage hosted a Lunch and Learn for all the nonprofits in the Wilson Historic District


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The Donnelly Family Shares Their Adoption Story

It has been a journey of patience, but in Holly’s words, “the best thing we ever did,” because now they have Ruari as a part of their family, adding joy wherever he goes.


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Hope Cottage Expands Post Adoption Services

Hope Cottage’s Post Adoption program is our way of keeping connected and helping all members of the adoption triad through education, counseling and adoptive services.


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Hope Cottage Valentine Party a Rousing Success

Icemageddon in December 2013 necessitated the rescheduling of the 96th Hope Cottage Annual Holiday Open House to this past Sunday, February 9th, but the date change didn’t affect attendance one bit!


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Meet the Staff – Kristin Oberg

As a Training Specialist, Kristin presents information about good decision making, adoption and teen pregnancy at area high schools, youth organizations and at other community events.


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The Story Behind the Hope Cottage Stationary

This post was written by Cecilia Alcantar about her son designing the Hope Cottage stationary.


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An Adoption Story to Inspire

We dedicate Mandy and Kelly Dockweiler’s story to National Adoption Day in hopes of inspiring future parents to adopt from foster care.


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Hope Cottage Receives “Compassionate Service” Award

Ruby found herself facing not only an unplanned pregnancy, but also, eviction, lack of prenatal care, unemployment, depression, and relationship problems. Overwhelmed and afraid, Ruby considered terminating her pregnancy, but was referred to Hope Cottage for pregnancy counseling. Ultimately, Ruby made an adoption plan, selected the adoptive family, and is still in contact with them today. She still drops by the office simply to say thank you to her case worker and to Hope Cottage.


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5th Annual Friends of deVille Reaches New Heights

The 5th Annual Friends of deVille Golf Tournament at Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine, TX set a new record of support and involvement, raising almost $40,000 for the women, children and families served by Hope Cottage.


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Get the Facts on Parenting and Paternity

The Parenting and Paternity Awareness (P.A.P.A.) training is an essential component to providing accurate and helpful information to professionals who work with students and young adults facing the implications of parenting and paternity.


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StoneBridge Surgery Center

Stonebridge Surgery Center has held the position as Title Sponsor for the Friends of deVille Golf Tournament benefiting Hope Cottage for five years in a row, including this year


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HCLC Volunteer + Summer Cheer Recap

Volunteers brought needed items and assembled care packages for Hope Cottage’s birth mothers and parenting women.


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Meet the Leaders of Hope Cottage Leadership Council

Sara Poquette: Communications Co-Chair


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Fund Raising for Adoption: One Family’s Ideas

The cost of adoption can be daunting. Many people don’t think that others will donate to adoption. This just simply isn’t true.


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What a Party at Hope Cottage Pregnancy and Adoption Center

More than 220 people gathered at Hope Cottage that day for fun, fellowship and food!


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How Much Do You Know About Teen Pregnancy?

Each May, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy posts an online quiz for teens that helps them learn more about risky scenarios and how to make good decisions.


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Food Truck Extravaganza Recap

Guests learned how a portion of their lunch will assist children in foster care find permanent, adoptive homes through Hope Cottage’s Foster to Adopt Program.


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Pregnant and Confused?

There is no reason to feel alone. Hope Cottage works to nurture and build strong families alongside women considering making a parenting plan or an adoption plan.


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The Link from Food Trucks to Foster to Adopt

This Thursday’s Food Truck Extravaganza’s impact extends beyond the allotted time to sample delicious bites from Easy Slider, Empanada Armada, Jack’s ChowHound, and Ruthie’s Rolling Café. A portion of people’s purchases from these generous food trucks will directly help children in foster care find permanent, adoptive homes.


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Building Families Through Embryo Adoption

Families placing embryos for adoption understand the emotional journey of infertility and are able to offer the hope of achieving pregnancy to other individuals and couples


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Hope Cottage Partner Spotlight

Hope Cottage believes in the synergistic power of nonprofits combining their unique strengths to more effectively impact the individuals and communities served. We are proud to partner with over 45 organizations in the Dallas Metroplex area.


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Six Tips for Parents to Stay Calm When Chaos Erupts

Ever feel like you are about to lose your cool when the kids are screaming, dinner is still sitting in the freezer, and the dog just dragged his muddy paws all over the clean, wooden floors?


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Social Work Legacy

We asked the social workers at Hope Cottage to reflect on their passion for the social work profession.


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Hope Baby Adoption Story

Roy Eaton, who was adopted from Hope Cottage in 1938, recounts his childhood and assembly with his newly found family members in the Wise County Messenger.


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Positve Adoption Language

Often times, in the world of adoption, words are uttered not to be hurtful, but merely because someone just doesn’t know.


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Equipping Teens to Make Good Decisions

In a small church on a Wednesday night in early January, Dallas area families from the Wilkinson Center’s CLIMB after-school program, came together to open a dialogue concerning good decision making.


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Meet the Staff – Sara Cambell

With a background in Victim Studies from Sam Houston State University, Sara provides hope to people working through difficult times or situations.


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Meet the Staff – Melanie Salas

Her passion for social work began with an internship at Head Start, an organization committed to serving low-income preschool children with the education and skills in preparation for elementary school


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Inaugural Post from Hope Cottage

I have been at Hope Cottage for three months (yesterday in fact) and now that my nest is made, the post it notes have been found and I am somewhat settled in, it is time to blog about the world of Hope Cottage Pregnancy and Adoption Center.


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What Makes for a Successful Foster to Adopt Family

There are many attributes a family can possess that will make their Foster to Adopt journey a success. Some of these traits include the ability to be compassionate, available, open, nurturing, organized and stable.


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Our Transracial Adoption

“Stop staring. It’s just a baby”—that’s what my friend wanted to shout as we walked out of a restaurant a few weeks back. I hadn’t seen this friend in more than a year; and this lunch rendezvous was the first time she met our baby girl. It was a sweet, happy visit, sharing the joys of parenthood.


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Hope Cottage in the News – 1921

The provision of the bill prohibiting the keeping of institutions for the care of babies, or maternity hospitals, without license resulted in the population of Hope Cottage doubling within a comparatively short time, Mrs. Ballard said.


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Uptown Rotarians Bring Hope in a Bottle

The Rotary Club of Dallas-Uptown and Two Corks and a Bottle hosted a fundraiser called “Hope in a Bottle” and donated the proceeds to Hope Cottage Pregnancy and Adoption Center’s post adoption program, Camp Hope.


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Hope Cottage in the News – 1935

A chubby, bald-headed baby girl, who was given the name of Judith, held the distinction Thursday of being the youngest to attend the open house at Hope Cottage, celebrating the establishment of the agency for doorstep babies seventeen years ago this month.


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The Hope Cottage Heritage Society Hosts Membership Reception

Last night Komali in Uptown was the site of the Membership Reception for The Hope Cottage Heritage Society.


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Cowboy Princess

Long before Brangelina, there was another first couple of Hollywood who brought adoption to the forefront and placed it in the minds and hearts of everyone in America.


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Assurances in Adoption

For families making the decision to place their embryos for adoption their assurance may come from knowing that the adoptive family has completed the home study process-the home study process is like a pledge from an agency or social worker.


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A Social Work Intern’s Life… At Hope Cottage

On any given day I can be found working in one or all of the three main programs including infant adoption, foster to adopt, and training and education.


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Music and Doggies and Babies, Oh My!

The weather cooperated with a cloud cover and a nice breeze while Hope Babies ranging in ages of six months to eighty years “came home”.


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Internship – Definately a Learning Experience

Today’s Blogpost will be the final entry from Libby Burfoot who has served as a PR Intern with the Hope Cottage Development Office this semester through the RISD Professional Internship Program.


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Celebrity Sips

Last Thursday glasses were clinking and the margaritas were flowing as Komali , owned by Chef Abraham Salum, opened it’s doors for a Celebrity Sips event benefiting Hope Cottage.


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Food, Glorious Food

Thank you to Easy Slider, 3 Lions, Trailercakes and Jack’s Chow Hound for coming out and a big thank you to everyone who attended.


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A Moving Story

After seeing my email was connected to Hope Cottage Pregnancy and Adoption Center, he called to share the reason he was going out of town tomorrow was to see the daughter he placed for adoption 22 years ago.


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Meet the Staff – Leslie Clay

As Chief Development Officer, she is responsible for all fundraising, grant writing, special events, social media, marketing, public relations, public speaking, donor relations and “other duties as assigned”.


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Don’t Forget the Parenting Part!

You’ve spent all your time reading books on open adoption, how to talk to your child about adoption, or communicating with birth parents that you have totally forgotten about researching how to care for a child.


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What is a Failed Match?

A match is said to have “failed” when the birthmother or birthparents change their mind and decide to parent. Most of the time this occurs after the birth of the child.


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Scenes from Babypalooza

This past Sunday, Hope Cottage held its Annual Founders’ Day Picnic (because you know we have our 93rd birthday coming up on June 23rd).


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Babypalooza

Yesterday more than 100 people gathered at Hope Cottage for our annual Founder’s Day Picnic. Babies and toddlers were everywhere!


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All Strung Up

On June 5th, Hope Cottage is having our Annual Founder’s Day Picnic. No one knows for sure how long the event has been going on, but we do know Hope Cottage has had a picnic the last 30 years running straight.


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Me and My Mom 1

In honor of Mother’s Day and our wonderful Hope Cottage families, every Tuesday in May will feature pictures of Hope Babies and their mothers. Enjoy!


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Adoption Blogs

What is your favorite adoption blog? Share it with us and we will recommend it to our readers. And THANK YOU for reading our blog! Be sure to share it with your friends.


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A Mother’s Day Song

Composer Janie Oliver always wanted to write a song for Mother’s Day.


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What is Open Adoption?

Jennifer Terry, of Hope Cottage, explains open adoption.


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Sitting Pretty

Enjoy pictures of some of our Hope Babies from years ago.


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Foster and Adoptive Mothers

If you truly want to impact the life of a child, consider adopting from the Foster Care System.


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Famous Peeps At Hope Cottage

Everyone always wants to know if any “famous” people have been adopted through Hope Cottage. Well, let’s just say that ALL our Hope Babies are famous, in one way or another (along with being the best, the brightest, the smartest, the cutest babies ever!)


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Gerry Garibaldi, Teen Pregnancy and Hope Cottage

For many years, Garibaldi was a screenwriter in Hollywood and is currently a teacher in an urban Connecticut high school. He points out that all the money in the world can’t help what he sees as the main problem in our high schools.


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A Tribute

Today’s blogpost is a tribute to those twenty five people who, on Saturday, attended the first of six training sessions at Hope Cottage. These sessions, know as PRIDE training (Parent Resource for Information, Development and Education) mark the beginning of their journey to adopt their children from foster care.


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A Hope Adoption Story

Shannon Hills adopted her daughter from Hope Cottage in 2009. She recently shared her story with us.


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Meet the Staff – Michelle Osborne

At some point, most callers to Hope Cottage have the pleasure of “meeting” Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator, Michelle Osborne.


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Holiday Reunions

This past Sunday, Hope Cottage held its annual Holiday Reunion Party for adoptees, birth families and adoptive families. As far as anyone can remember, this event has been going on at least 30 years and provides a time for families to “reunion”.


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JPMorganChase Donates to Nonprofits

Facebook fans unite! Here is your chance to vote for Hope Cottage on Facebook.


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