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An Open Letter to Hopeful Adoptive Parents

  Dear Hopeful Adoptive Parents, You may feel invisible right now. Your home and your heart are incomplete. You long for what you see other people having, and you wonder if it will ever happen for you. You are not invisible. I see you. I see every single one of you because I was you. […]

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POSTIVE ADOPTION LANGUAGE CHOICES AND NON-TRADITIONAL FAMILIES

This is a handy summary that is meant to be shared with teachers, coaches or other school personnel. It provides examples of outdated language as well as preferred language choices to be used when describing people affected by adoption. Additionally, the handout provides examples of common assignments that often prove problematic for many children and […]

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A Few Things Birthmoms want Adoptive Parents to Know

Don’t make promises regarding contact during pregnancy (or anytime for that matter) that you are not certain you can keep. When you make promises and don’t keep them, it then causes us to question everything you promised us about how you’d raise our child. Please know that when we call our child “our child” … […]

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Things to Consider Before Deciding to Adopt

You want to grow your family, but is adoption right for you? Everyone’s story is different, and if you find yourself considering adoption as a way to grow your family, how do you decide if it is right for you? Here are some questions to ask yourself: 1. What is your motivation to adopt? 2. […]

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When People Say These Things About Adoption

Adoption has been around for ages. But in spite of its permanency in history, people still say things that show how little they really understand. I’ve been surprised how often these statements come up. Everyone in the adoption community hears them. Here are a few of the routine questions and comments that drive me crazy. […]

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What Adoptive Parents Need To Know: Prenatal Drug Exposure

Your baby may have experienced prenatal drug exposure. Our adoption medicine expert explains what to watch out for and how to respond. When you adopt — whether a domestic or international placement, independently or through an agency — it’s prudent to be prepared for your child to be at risk for the effects of prenatal […]

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New Records System For Birth Parents, Adult Adoptees

Birth Parents Can Opt To Remain Anonymous Before Adult Adoptees Gain Access to Birth, Family History Beginning January 2017, authorized individuals may obtain an uncertified copy of an adoptee’s original birth certificate without obtaining a Superior Court Order. Implementing a new approach to adoption records, the Department of Health is launching the first phase of […]

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Meet Better Living Adoption Family: Andrew and Lisa

Andrew and Lisa are best friends who fell in love. Andrew has 2 children from a previous marriage and Lisa has been a wonderful inspiration and role model. Together, Andrew and Lisa dream of the day they grow their family through adoption. To learn more about Andrew and Lisa, please contact Better Living Adoption Services, […]

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Meet Better Living Adoption Family: Claudia and George

Claudia and George have been together for over 10 years. They are happily raising their son but would love to grow and expand their family through adoption. Claudia and George have traveled the world but they are truly happiest at home with their family. To learn more about Claudia and George please contact Better Living […]

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How I Wish I’d Handled My Adoption Wait

Hurry and wait. Hurry and wait. The adoption process is full of ups and downs, fasts and slows, and unknowns. During the home study, you are busy completing paperwork and visits. You feel like you are “making progress” accomplishing items and everything is in your control for the most part. But then the home study […]

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