Reading List for Adoptive Parents

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

Guatemala Issues Decree Allowing Families to Finalize Adoptions

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

Adoption Fundraising

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

Adoption: Preparing for Your Home Study

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

Guest Post – Shelly Owens from Good to Be Crazy

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,

Adoption in the Classroom

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,

Parenting an Adopted Child

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

International Adoption Update

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

Adopting from Ethiopia

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

Adopting from Russia

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