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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Who is the Birth Mother?

09 Jul

There are many stereotypes about the profile of the typical birth mother.  These negative connotations often keep many birth mothers from speaking out.  The idea that most birth mothers are teenagers who can’t care for a child is completely false.  In fact, less than one fourth of all mothers placing infants up for adoption are in their teens. So who

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Sharing Your Adoption Plans with Friends and Family

01 Jul

The road to adoption usually isn’t a straight path.  It is a destination that while perfect and joyful unto itself, is often the culmination of a journey that has seen a roller coaster of emotions.  As a result, when many people start the adoption journey, they keep it to themselves until their adoption plan is more solid and they are

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