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Common Stressors on the Adoptive Family

iStock_000004398754SmallAdoption is a beautiful thing, but like most worthwhile endeavors, it is a stressful work as well. There are some stresses that you will face regardless of the age of the child you adopt. Other stresses are unique to infants or older children from foster care. There are also stresses that are unique to adopting children internationally. What extra stress should you expect when adopting a child?

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Famous Families Touched by Adoption

BurnsAll sorts of people want to go through the adoption process. There’s no reason that celebrities would not be a part of the adoption process; indeed, many have used their fame and influence to champion the importance of adoption and make it more publicly known and understood. Adoption is not exclusive to any one type of family or family unit; more and more people are seeing it as a real option that will work the best for their family situation. Below are some celebrities who have adopted children.

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Answering Questions About Your Transracial Adoption

Angel Adoptive Parents Robert & SamAdoptions are a big choice for any family to make, and can really change the trajectory of many lives. The process of adoption doesn’t have to be difficult, but it does require some serious thought and planning for the family, especially if the adoption is transracial. If you adopt a child of a different race than your own, there may be some questions you have about what that means for your family.

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3 Home Study Myths

baby BerkleyAs your family goes through the adoption process, it’s important to understand everything that it entails and how best to be prepared. There are some tricky aspects of this process, and it’s best to have all of the information going into it so you know what’s going to happen. One of the scarier parts of the process for many families is the home study,  when a social worker comes directly to your house and checks to make sure that it is safe and acceptable for children.

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3 Important Facts About Domestic Adoption

adoptive parents with babyAdoption is a big step, but it is a fundamentally rewarding one for both the child and the parents. Along with the adoption process, however, come some potentially difficult decisions, like whether to do an international or domestic adoption. Both have their pros and cons, and have a lot to do with the needs of both the family and the child in question. That’s why it’s important to have all the facts before moving forward.

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Write a Great Adoptive Family Profile with These 4 Tips

considering adoptionAs you begin the adoption process, you will likely be asked to write a family profile. This profile is intended to be a snapshot of you–the parent(s), any other children, or any other important people in your life–and your likes, dislikes, and values. Essentially, this profile provides the potential birthmother with details about your family and how you plan to raise a child. Like a resume, it’s possible that the birth mother will review many family profiles, so it’s important to really take the time to write this piece and make sure that your personality–and the personality of other family members–truly shine, and that it’s clear that you are prepared to offer a wonderful life for a child.

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Adopting as a Single Parent

positive adoption languageThe idea of a family consisting of a mother, father, and children is not necessarily accurate in today’s modern world. It is now common and widely accepted for a single person to start a family and for that individual to provide for themselves and their dependent. It can be financially possible and responsible to consider starting a family as a single person. As the family unit continues to evolve, there shouldn’t be any stigma connected to adopting as a single parent. Here are some steps that are essential for a successful adoption as a single parent.

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Post-Adoption Self-Care for Birthmothers

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Often, birthparents are underserved during the adoption process. While studies have been conducted regarding the adoptees and there are many resources available to adoptees, there aren’t many resources available to birthparents, who might face difficulty after the adoption.

Placing a child for adoption with a family could be one of the most emotional events in a woman’s life. Despite that, there still are not many post-placement services and supports available to birthmothers.  After placing a child for adoption, you need to take care of yourself, so here is a guide for practicing self-care following an adoption.

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