Open adoption has made almost the entire pregnancy and birth experience available for many adoptive parents. Birth mothers want get to know the adoptive parents and give them a chance to bond with the child as soon as possible. It also gives the adoptive parents a chance to find out what the birth experience is like.
A Guatemalan judge ordered last week that the adoption of an eight year old girl was fraudulent and the adoptive parents had just two months to return the child to her home country. After a report of kidnapping by the Guatemalan birth mother, an investigation determined that the child was indeed kidnapped at two years old and then placed for adoption with forged documentation. She was adopted nearly three years ago by a Missouri family. For many families seeking to adopt, domestic adoption may be a safer route.
The number of adoptions completed in the U.S. is increasing as financial problems continue to affect more single women and families. The loss of jobs, along with cuts to free services for low income families is also causing growth in the amount of requests for adoption help. Lifetime Adoption has seen the number of birth mothers planning to place their babies for adoption tripled to 412 since the drop in the economy.
Open or semi-open adoptions are most beneficial for all involved. The birth mother has the peace she needs that her child is happy and healthy, and that she made the right decision. The adoptive parents have access to the birth family should they need medical information or have other questions. And the child has the opportunity to know that his adoption was a choice made out of great love, with a birth mother who cared more about him than her own desires, and that his adoptive parents embrace not only him, but his biological heritage, as well. I have found, too, that parenting is less stressful and fears are calmed when the birth mother is known, embraced, and available.
We all have our own thoughts about what adoption is and isn’t. Some come from what we have seen and heard through the life experiences of someone that is adopted or has adopted. Others are just simply “ideas” that people plant into our minds based almost entirely on hearsay and fallacy. These myths are everywhere and there are tons of them out there. In this article, I will expose the top nine myths about adoption.
If you are at a point in your life when you no longer want to miss out on the many amazing opportunities that you could be having with a child of your own, you should begin the adoption process. You have so much to offer a child and that child, no doubt, will have just as much to offer you. Even though the time may not be absolutely perfect or your home may not be absolutely perfect, none of that will matter once you have a child to have, to hold, and to love.
There is far less travel and expense involved with domestic adoption. Most domestic adoptions can take far less time than international adoptions, and the process is streamlined because you are working only with American entities and laws. With domestic adoption, when a birth mother seeks an adoption plan, most infants are born completely healthy and with few complications. In some domestic adoption programs, adoptive families even have access to the medical records of the birth mother and the baby.
Closed adoption does not provide the framework for an understanding of the circumstances surrounding adoption choices or the opportunity for reassurance. Today, in a world that offers information on demand, secrets of closed adoption are increasingly difficult to live with. We all want to know where we come from… fear of birth parents should never be a primary motivation for seeking a closed adoption.
Whatever adoption you decide to pursue, be sure that you have done your homework. This adoption article by America’s Adoption Expert Mardie Caldwell provides hopeful adoptive families with 12 vital steps to take when looking into adoption. With planning, adoptive families will be on their way to a smoother adoption and hopefully enjoyable journey.
One of the most important services your professional should provide is to watch for “red flags.” These indicate that a birth mother may be at risk of reclaiming or having a change of heart resulting in an adoption disruption.
The adoption process can be quite challenging and time-consuming. Prospective parents often are focused on the outcome – to bring their baby home. And that’s perfectly natural. Couples who have gone through unsuccessful assisted reproductive treatments like IUI, IVF, or ICSI suddenly have the hope of bringing home a baby of their own. They are excited and anxious at the same time and their emotions are understandable. But, the adoption process requires couples to spend time with adoption professionals, reading through the adoption contract to understand the terms of the adoption process.
Adoption is a lifelong commitment to your child. However the adoption process may also seem to take forever! But if you are well-prepared for the journey and have realistic expectations, you can be sure of succeeding in finding the right match between your family and the adoptive child.
Before you jump into the adoption process, be sure that adoption is right for you and your family. Not all couples are called to be adoptive parents.
This article helps couples determine when they will be ready to adopt.
Most adoptive parents-to-be are faced with a mountain of paperwork in the adoption process. It can be very daunting and overwhelming especially when they are already dealing with a lot of emotional, mental, and financial pressure. With careful planning and preparation, you can keep up with the paperwork and manage to overcome your initial fears about going through the daunting process. Learn a few tips to help you deal effectively with adoption paperwork.
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