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The Home Study- What does it really involve?

ZanderFor any adoption, the potential adoptive parents must go through a process called the home study. The home study involves a number of steps to ensure that the parents are prepared to accept a child into their household safely and securely. For many people involved in this process, it can feel very invasive to have someone review their qualifications for placement of a child in their home. The home study is a necessary step in the adoption journey for the state and federal government to understand that whoever is involved can fulfill their parental rights legally. As personal as it may seem, everyone hoping to adopt will have to go through this process without exception. We’ve listed some of the key milestones for the process to prepare for.   Continue reading


Adoption Types: Open, Semi-Open, Closed

Kin:JonesThere are three types of adoption and the pros and cons of each of them. Before making a decision about what you think is, it is important to know that the birth mother you are matched is likely to want a type of adoption that will be best for her life moving forward, so it is best to keep an open mind and think thoroughly about what is best for everyone involved in an adoptive family.  Continue reading

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How do you Help your Relatives Embrace your Adoptive Family?

positive adoption languageYou’re looking forward to welcoming your new son or daughter so much you can’t even think straight. All the while, the members of your extended family aren’t acting with the level of  enthusiasm you might expect? The first thing you should do is no let them ruin it for you; instead, focus on doing things that will help them accept your process rather than putting unnecessary emphasis on feelings that are on the fringe of your immediate family life.   Continue reading

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Open Adoption: Communicating with Birth Parents

Young woman on railroadOpen Adoption can involve staying in touch with a child’s birth parents in a variety of ways. As a birth mother, you might have an interest in knowing how you’re is adjusting to the new family, and as adoptive parents, you’re probably feeling reluctant to severing all ties with the child’s biological family. These are the two main reasons why more and more people opt for open and not closed adoption.  So if you have an open adoption- what’s the best method of communicating with the birth parents? Here’s what you can do! Continue reading

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Birthmothers- Practicing Self Care after Adoption

What to expect at the hospitalBirth parents are often under-served in the adoption process, and while there are many studies and services dedicated to adoptees, there are not that many dedicated to birthparents and their hardships after adoption. And while you might notice more recognition of the fact that placing a child can be one of the most emotional life events for a woman, this has not yet lead to a very comprehensive development of post-placement supports and services. It is important to take care of yourself after adoption, so here is a short guide on how to give yourself adequate self-care in the time following placement. Continue reading


4 Ways to Enlist Help During Pregnancy

birthmomPregnancy can be a difficult and stressful time.  It is important for women to seek help during this 9 month period. Even for the most fiercely independent woman, it can be hard to go through every stage of pregnancy alone. It is important to have someone to go through the experience with, even if just for emotional support. Here are just some of the many methods that can be used to enlist help during pregnancy.

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Adoption Finalization- What should you do to prepare for the day?

Angel Adoptive FamilyNobody chooses adoption for the joy of having to chase paperwork, nor for the excitement of giving their whole lives up for inspection by strangers. We do it because it’s our only or best way to start a family. This is why it’s so rewarding to get to sign the papers for finalization. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as scribbling your name on a couple of pieces of paper. There are things you should do to prepare for the day! Continue reading

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Your Birth Plan: Natural vs. Epidural

Pregnant womanIf you’re pregnant, you have a very big choice to make when it comes to your delivery. How will you do it?  Will you be using an epidural or going through with it drug-free? Before you make any final decisions, it is best to be informed about both choices, since there are actually a lot of things you might not know about them. Here are the pros and cons of natural birth and epidural-assisted birth.

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