Adoptive Parents Resources

Childless at Christmas: A Survival Guide

  Erma Bombeck stated: "There is nothing sadder in this world than to awake on Christmas morning and not be a child." For a couple battling infertility, the statement could read: "There is nothing sadder in this world than to awake on Christmas morning to a house empty of children." I know this is true for me, because I have lived it. When you are a couple...

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Teaching Children Gratitude

 Thanksgiving is a special time of year when families gather, memories are shared and new memories are made.   Many families take turns sharing what they are most thankful for as they sit around the table filled with savory dishes waiting to be devoured.   Having the attitude of gratitude is an important gift we can give to the children in our lives.   November brings a great...

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Is There Joy in This Journey?

Is There Joy in This Journey?   It seems no matter what situation you find yourself in you can now go online and find someone who is, or has gone through, the same struggles, fears, or trials you are going through. I feel as if the internet is full of information that can overwhelm you with knowledge, a lot of the time that can be a wonderful...

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Celebrating Adoption- Ideas for Couples and Families

November is just a few days away and we are seeing the sights of the upcoming holidays as we visit retail shops or go online to read blogs, visit Pinterest or shop amazon.   But November brings another reason to celebrate.  November is National Adoption Awareness month.   A whole month dedicated to the amazing work of adoption.   It seems so fitting to have adoption month come...

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Connecting to a birth family through your profile letter

HELPS FOR THE FIRST TIME ADOPTIVE COUPLE You just got home from your first meeting with your adoption caseworker. Your mind is full of the list of things you need to accomplish in order to get approved to adopt a child. One item on the list is writing a letter to prospective birth parents. This letter will be used by your caseworker and/or agency to help...

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Good Adoption Terms to Know

Adoption Terms Adoption assistanceFinancial or medical assistance given on a one-time or on-going basis to an adoptive parent on behalf of an adopted child. This subsidy may be provided through federal, state, county and/or local resources. (See itle IV-E.) Adoption services Any activity/procedure designed to facilitate the entire legal process of adoption including intake, pre-placement activities and planning, adoptive placement of the child, post-placement activities, and post-legalization (or...

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7 Ways To Conquer Your Fear That A Prospective Birthmother Won’t Choose You

Maybe it was because Halloween was just around the corner. Or maybe it was because of something else. But for whatever reason, Cassie was scared. She was worried that she and her husband wouldn’t get chosen by a prospective birthmother, putting an end to her lifelong dream of becoming a parent. Never mind that she hadn’t even sent her adoption profile out yet.  The worst case scenarios...

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There is enough love to rescue children from foster care

This morning, 400,000 children woke up in America wondering, "Is today the day?" Which day? The day they might finally find a "Forever Family." These 400,000 children are in the American foster care system. They may have entered the system a few weeks ago ---or a few years ago. This may be their first foster home — or their fifth. They may have been placed with their brothers or...

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Choosing an Adoption Agency

Chuck Johnson gives you tips & questions to ask adoption agencies!  Written by Chuck Johnson of the National Council for Adoption -August 2014 I am always struck by how much adoption has changed since the 1980s, when I first began working as an intern at an adoption agency. At that time, most prospective adoptive families would have chosen to use a local agency to adopt a child....

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