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Reading List for Adoptive Parents

27 Sep

Adopting can be a lengthy process and while you are waiting it’s a perfect time to put together a reading list of topics that could be very useful once your child is in your home.  While many people are familiar with the giant tomes written for pregnant mothers, you may need a few ideas on where to start for books

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Guatemala Issues Decree Allowing Families to Finalize Adoptions

16 Sep

In 2007, Guatemala suspended adoptions amid allegations of fraud and deceit, and left dozens of U.S. families who had already been matched with children in limbo.  While the decree is not expected to solve all adoptions that were halted, there are 44 children who will immediately fall under the decree.  Another almost 400 families though are still left hanging. When

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Adoption Fundraising

06 Sep

So you’ve checked your adoption budget a hundred times, run through your finances and dug under the couch cushions for loose change – but you are still coming up short.  What’s next?  Have you thought about fundraising to pay for your adoption?  Adoption fundraising is a way for friends, family and even strangers to help you pay your adoption expenses.

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Adoption: Preparing for Your Home Study

29 Aug

A Home Study is usually the first step in the adoption process once you have decided to adopt. Any adoption, whether international or domestic, will require a home study. A home study is a visit to your home by a trained social worker to determine the readiness of both your family and your home atmosphere for placement of adopted child.

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Guest Post – Shelly Owens from Good to Be Crazy

22 Aug

Thanks so much to Shelly Owens for her Guest Post this week! Hi everyone! We’re Team Owens – Dan, Shelly, Madeline, Davis, Hannah, Joseph and Charlotte. In the blog world, some know us as the “Crazy Crew.” And it’s true – we tend to march to the beat of a different drummer. We’re a homeschooling, multi-racial family of seven. We

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Adoption in the Classroom

16 Aug

It’s that time of year when children across the U.S. are heading back to school.  Whether this is your child’s first year of school or you have many school years behind you, the issue of adoption can still cause some anxiety in the classroom for everyone involved – the parent, the teacher and most importantly, the adopted child. Fortunately there

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Parenting an Adopted Child

08 Aug

Parenting an adopted child can sometimes be very different from parenting a biological child who has had loving parents and a safe home from birth.  Children are shaped by their circumstances no matter how young. Dana over at Adoption Journey has a great post up about a situation with her son Wenxin who is 8-years old and has been a

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International Adoption Update

31 Jul

2010 International Adoption Statistics – According to the U.S. Department of State, the number of children adopted internationally by Americans fell to a 15-year low in 2010.  This decrease of 13 percent overall resulted in a total of 11,059 adoptions last year.  The top five countries that Americans adopted from are China, Ethiopia, Russia, South Korea and Ukraine. Japan –

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Adopting from Ethiopia

26 Jul

Adopting a child from Ethiopia has become a more popular option, especially as other countries have either halted or slowed down international adoptions.  Over 2,500 children were adopted from Ethiopia in 2010, fostering specific play groups and family groups for those with children adopted from Ethiopia. Children adopted from Ethiopia are usually under four years old, with 38% being under

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Adopting from Russia

18 Jul

It seems as though adoptions and adoption issues make the news quite often.  Whether it’s about celebrities adopting in far away country or international government power struggles between countries delaying adoptions currently in process.  So what are the options if you’ve decided an international adoption is right for your family? One popular option for U.S. families is Russia.  This is

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