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Monthly Archives: March 2020

How do Children Feel About Being Adopted?

What is it like being adopted and growing up as an adopted child? How does it feel to be adopted? Is it any different from being raised in a traditional family? Is it better or worse? These are just a few of the questions women considering adoption think about in regards to their child being adopted by an adoptive family. If you are pregnant and considering adoption, it’s normal to wonder how being adopted will affect your child. After all, you are making this decision because you love your baby and want the best for him or her. While every person is different, and it’s impossible to predict exactly how your child will feel about his or her adoption, there is good news: research shows that it is not only…

Self-Care During a Quarantine

Making time for self-care is important for your overall health. From watching the news every hour to scrolling social media a little too much, it’s easy to get lost in the noise of what’s going on around us. And you’re not alone in this! We are all full of uncertainty and angst over the spread of coronavirus. From fear of 'what should I do' to the fear of being isolated at home... If you’ve found yourself in an extended state of quarantine, there are some simple steps you can take to protect your mental health, in addition to your physical health. What is a quarantine? A quarantine is a period of time where someone stays at home. It’s the next step in physical distancing to “flatten the curve,” or slow the…

Virtual Things To Do with Your Family at Home

The effects of social distancing have left many of us feeling a bit stir-crazy. Though we all try to stay busy by keeping active and working from home during the coronavirus outbreak, it's easy to fall into a rut. Luckily, there's more than one way to stave off boredom while staying indoors. Instead of binging Netflix or hanging on social media, broaden your horizons with some virtual tours. "Walk" through some of the world's most prestigious cultural institutions, like The Met and The American Museum of Natural History, then go for a "ride" on Disney's new Frozen rollercoaster with the kids. And regardless of your age, we think everyone will enjoy some live footage of pandas playing at the zoo! Museums The Louvre:You don't have to book a ticket to Paris to…

Covid 19 (coronavirus) and Adoption

Covid 19 and Adoption Covid 19, also known as Coronavirus 19 or simply coronavirus, has dramatically shaken up our world over the last couple weeks. Shops are closed, stocks are down, and social distancing is the norm. It seems like nothing is as it was just two weeks ago. And it seems like things are going to be this way for quite some time. With all the news surrounding coronavirus and its impacts for older adults, most people probably aren’t thinking about how it affects pregnancy and the adoption process. However, coronavirus will have an impact on pregnancy and the adoption process so long as it remains a threat. Here are some ways pregnancies and adoptions will be different in light of the coronavirus. Covid 19 and Pregnancy Pregnancies will…

Birth Father in Modern Adoption

Birth Father in Modern Adoption A birth father is the biological father of a child who has been or will be adopted; understanding your rights and how they apply to the adoption process is just as important for you, as it is for the birth mother of the child. As a birth father you’re just like every other biological father, only the term ‘birth father’ is used to refer to a man who’s child is being or has been placed with an adoptive family. It is just as important for you to understand your rights and how they apply to the adoption process as it is for the birth mother of the child. Birth fathers… Are the biological fathers of their child or children. Do not have custody of their…

Birth Father Rights and Responsibilities in Adoption

In most adoptions, the focus is primarily on the birth mother and her choices, worries, and emotions. While expectant mothers considering adoption certainly have a lot to think about, birth fathers have plenty of questions, concerns, and worries of their own. As a birth father, you may be wondering what your responsibilities and rights are when it comes to placing your child for adoption. You may also be struggling with an array of mixed emotions surrounding your current situation. However, learning more about what you can do, what you’re expected to do, and what your rights are can ease much of the anxiety you’re feeling. This guide will focus on informing birth fathers about everything they need to know when it comes to placing their child for adoption. Rights and…

Birth Father Rights in Adoption

There are many adoption articles that focus on the birth mother and her role in the adoption process. However, it is important to know that the birth father also has a role, whether or not he is an active part of the adoption journey. Giving a baby up for adoption without the father’s consent requires special legal processes that vary depending on the state where the adoption is taking place. During the adoption process, the biological father of the baby may be referred to as the birth, alleged, presumed, reputed, or putative father. States' Definitions of "Father" The time of conception or birth of their child or whose paternity has been otherwise determined by a court. There is no one definition of ‘father’ in the US but there are several…

What is a Home Study and why is it Necessary?

What is a Home Study and why is it Necessary? Adoptions have a lot of complex legal requirements. One of those legal requirements is the home study. Every prospective adoptive parent has to complete a home study before the adoption can be finalized. It is often the most stressful part of the adoption process for adoptive parents. This is because a social worker or case worker actually enters their home and judges their fitness to be adoptive parents. What is a home study? What does it involve? Why is it necessary? This article will answer those questions. What is a Home Study? A home study is a study performed by a licensed social worker or case worker. The study educates prospective adoptive parents about adoption. The study also evaluates whether…

How is the Coronavirus going to impact my Adoption?

How is the Coronavirus going to impact my Adoption? We are all well aware of COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus, and it’s rise in the U.S. As cancellations, closures, and potential travel restrictions continue to grow, we know you are worried about how this might impact your adoption journey. No matter where you are in the adoption process, we are committed to a supportive adoption experience. We will do our best to update you with new information as it is available. As our adoptive families, birth parents, staff, friends and families encounter issues, we will provide solutions. In the meantime, if you have any questions that we have not yet addressed, please contact your adoption specialist for assistance. Please note that we are not medical professionals, and nothing in…

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