The years during which we were trying to become parents felt like an eternity, and then as parents, the years fly by. They will for you, too! Slide the handle on the image to see how quickly things change.
I’m glad you found us! I’m Hal, the founder of My Adoption Advisor. Inspired by my older son’s birth father who got so much joy while pursuing his passions, I started the company in 2008, a year after my wife and I adopted our second son.
The premise was simple. I saw too many adopting parents struggle with the process. I wanted to help people who were trying to fulfill their parenting dreams connect with expectant parents who wanted to place their child for adoption. That goal hasn’t changed for a second!
In the Beginning, there was Infertility
This all started after the dreaded infertility diagnosis. Failed IUIs, IVFs, and donor eggs, and too many tragic losses, followed. I know that not all of you have been there, but many of you have, and I understand.
For me and my wife, adoption was NOT infertility all over again, however. Far from it! We saw that we could take concrete steps that could impact the outcome. I wanted to teach other adopting parents what we figured out, and that’s why I started the company.
Our Adoption Story
My wife and I adopted our two sons in 2005 and 2007. We adopted them both domestically and brought them home from the hospital just a few days after they were born. We were fortunate to match with each of their birth families in just 4 months. We have always enjoyed strong, open relationships with our children’s birth families.
All of this good fortune, however, was not due entirely to random luck. Through My Adoption Advisor, I share with adopting parents the strategies and details that have the most impact on success.
What Skills Do I Bring?
With almost 20 years in the consulting and corporate worlds, I developed an expertise in marketing, technology, and coaching and training. I received an amazing education from two of the top business schools in the country, too.
As a result, my advice contains a strong dose of business sense and savvy. When I first started, I did a lot of research and solicited input from adoption professionals across the country. My ideas are well-organized and professionally delivered and are focused on what you need to succeed.
Giving Back is Important to Me
Through volunteering, I am committed to adoption well beyond my business. For more than a decade, I have worked to reduce the stigma and myths surrounding adoption by facilitating and speaking on adoption panels in high schools across Minnesota. I’ve been able to do this because of an amazing non-profit organization that focuses on adoption education and support, called Bellis.
In addition to educating thousands of high school students, I also speak each year to hopeful adopting parents from across the Midwest at RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association’s Family Building Summit. For 10 years, I coordinated the Summit’s adoption panels and facilitated and/or spoke on most of the panels.
I’m a (mostly) modest Midwesterner at heart, so public recognition isn’t really my thing. I am inspired, however, by the other adoption advocates I find myself grouped with during these occasions.
In 2017, Bellis, a Minnesota-based, non-profit organization that focuses on adoption education and support, named me its Volunteer of the Year. Even better than that, they let me bring my kids and their birth mothers to the annual fundraising gala where I received the award. The feelings I had while saying a few words after accepting the award and looking down at the table with my wife and kids and their birth mothers…simply indescribable. What a journey!
In 2019, Senator Amy Klobuchar and Congressman Dean Phillips nominated and chose me as a Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) Angels in Adoption Honoree. Wow! I traveled to D.C. to be recognized, but more importantly, I had the opportunity to meet with congressional offices and other child welfare advocates to share my experience and expertise and to educate them about adoption.
In 2017, Bellis, a Minnesota-based, non-profit organization that focuses on adoption education and support, named me its Volunteer of the Year.
In 2019, I was nominated by Senator Amy Klobuchar and Congressman Dean Phillips and chosen as a Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) Angels in Adoption Honoree.
- Gabby Watson has spent years tricking thousands of adoptive parents into thinking she has a baby for them. I was one of them., published by Business Insider, March 6, 2020.
- Google Ads: More Exposure = More Opportunities for a Match, published by purladoptions.com, August 21, 2019.
- The Only Adoption Checklist You Need, published by sheknows.com, authored by Laura Leavitt, March 15, 2019.
- Sharing Only What You Want in an Online, Digital World, published by Families for Private Adoption in the FPA Newsletter 2011 Volume 3 (Fall), November 2011.
- Avoiding Adoption Scams, published by The National Council for Adoption in their Adoption Advocate #36, June 2011.
- The Role of Prospective Adoptive Parents in Locating Their Future Child’s Birth Family, published by the National Council for Adoption in Adoption Factbook V, May 2011.
- Adoption Billboards: The Pros and Cons, published by Examiner.com, January 13, 2011.
- My Open Adoption, published by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, Winter 2010 Newsletter, Resolve for the Journey and Beyond.
- Adoption Outreach: The Path to a Faster Adoption, published by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association.
- Domestic Adoption, Facebook, and Privacy, published by The National Council for Adoption in their Adoption Advocate #25, July 2010.
- Developing a Strong Family Profile, published by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, Spring 2010 Newsletter, Resolve for the Journey and Beyond.
- Adoption Profile Videos: Good Is The Enemy of Great, published by America Adopts!.
- Infant Adoption Guide, Networking and Advertising Your Adoption.
- Infant Adoption Guide, Red Flags & Adoption Scams.
- Your Adoption Coach Radio Show, Adoption Advertising & Networking.
- Adopting.com, All About Adoption Outreach
- RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association Teleseminar, Connecting with Today’s Birth Parents.
- RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association Teleseminar, Connecting with Birth and Adoptive Families on the Internet.