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Technically speaking, we need your continued support for our Annual Fund Drive

With the advent of DNA testing, the rising prevalence of open adoptions, and the challenges we face in our current foster care system, Adoption Knowledge Affiliates is more relevant than ever. As we approach our 25th year serving Central Texas, we’d like to take a moment to say thank you for your dedicated support. AKA [...]

Guest Blogger with an AKA Art Fundraiser, Artist Sharon Frech! Raffle tickets available through March 30th!

Click here to learn more about Sharon's art, her story, and how she is donating the proceeds from a few of her pieces to Adoption Knowledge Affiliates in Austin, Texas. If you donate $20 you get 10 tickets, $30 you get 20 tickets, or select your own donation amount.  Drawing will be after the close [...]

Paradox (by Lynn Grubb)

Adoption is  a concept, a belief and an action A lack of choice and being chosen A legal solution to a spiritual problem A spiritual solution to a legal problem A loving choice and a thrusting upon A nurturing touch yet a stealing away it saved me; yet damaged me   Provided for me, yet took [...]

Celebrating Adoption in November by Jennifer R. Cochran

Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month by many across the country and right here in Texas.  Consequently, November is not only a time for celebration but also a time for reflection for all of us in the adoption triad.  Across Texas, there are more than 6,500 children waiting for adoption in [...]

Conference Speaker Amy Sugeno Blogs about Secondary Trauma in Adoptive Parents & Healing through Nature

Amy Sugeno, MS, LCSW blogs about secondary trauma in adoptive parents. Amy will be presenting on 'Using Nature to Facilitate Connection & Healing' at our 2015 conference. http://www.amysugenocounseling.com/secondary-trauma-in-adoptive-parents/ Here is another post from Amy on Healing through Connection to Nature: http://www.amysugenocounseling.com/nature-therapy-healing-through-connection-to-nature/

AKA T-Shirts for Sale!

Order your AKA Shirt today to show your AKA spirit!  Shirts are $15 each.  Men's and women's styles available.  Pick up is at AKA's Annual Conference November 13-14 at For the City Center or include $5 postage for delivery if not picking up at an AKA event.  Color is heather grey. Order here Pay here

Meet Your 2015 Keynote Speakers

Friday Keynote: Trauma and Compassion in Your Autonomic Nervous System:  How Polyvagal Theory Can Help Us Understand and Heal Ourselves and Each Other with Juliane Taylor Shore, LPC-S, LMFT-S, SEP Juliana offers additional training for LPC's, LMFT and LCSW's.  Her "Brains in Session" seminar is 12 hours on incorporating our current understanding of brain function [...]

A 90th Birthday Gift Challenge by Kathryn Shelley

One of the best gifts ever is to find like-minded friends who become enduring companions on life's journey. I'll never forget the impact of hearing Jim Rockwell admit to getting up in the middle of the night to look in the mirror, seeing his reflection at age 61 finally connected to other faces that looked [...]

Discovering My Paternal Family (Part II) by Daryn Watson

This July I traveled back to Calgary, Alberta Canada to celebrate my son’s 25th birthday and to meet his girlfriend. They are expecting a baby boy in mid-September (yes, I will be a grandpa for the first time). During my visit, I was fortunate enough to meet up with my paternal brother Aaron, whom I [...]

Adoption Storytelling Project

Has your life been personally touched by the adoption of a child? Share your experience and educate others about the many steps you took plus challenges and triumphs by telling your story through the newly launched Adoption Storytelling Project lead by adoptive mom and Adoption Knowledge Affiliates member, Sharon Munroe. Munroe is the Founder and [...]