Category: Adoption

What's a Second Parent Adoption?

How I hate that term - second parent - all parents should be equal.

Unfortunately, under the law, that's not the case until after the adoption finalization process.

During this process, the court finalization grants the "second" parent the same rights as the "first" parent, who is either a biological ("natural parent") or an adoptive parent, without the...

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Talking To Adopted Children about Their History

Adoptive parents often have the challenging responsibility of talking to their children about their origins, which can include a complex past. Difficulties children may have experienced can include abuse, abandonment, and birth parents with substance abuse, mental health issues or incarceration. These are hard subjects to tackle, especially when you are trying to explain them in the context of your...

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The Complexity of Rehoming

A recent story on WABC TV’s news show, 20/20, brought the concept of “adoption rehoming” into the public eye. It has created quite a firestorm. The definition of “adoption rehoming” is a family, who has adopted a child and chooses to place him or her into another home. This often occurs when an adopted child displays severe behavioral problems.


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The Adoption Homestudy for Same-Sex Couples

Stories about couples readying themselves for their adoption home study are legion. Couples have been known to repaint their apartments, scrub between the bathroom tiles with an old toothbrush, and make sure there are cookies baking in the oven when the social worker arrives.

But what is the purpose of an adoption home study? It is designed to meet state...

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How Adoptive Families Can Prepare for National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month and celebrates adoption, adoptees, birth and adoptive families. There are national education campaigns, governmental advocacy efforts and state Adoption Days, all focused on building and strengthening adoptive families.

For adoptive families, the focus on how they became a family has its pros and cons.

Celebrating how they were able to build or enlarge their family...

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Who Is A Parent?

A really good question! This age of political correctness demands us to use terms that accurately reflect the reality of the referenced situation. Hence, the uproar some years ago when adoptive parents took issue with the term "real" parent in reference to the birthparents, as if adoptive parents are... fake? Wikipedia defines "parent" without any prefix or qualifier, as "a...

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Brad and Angelina Tie the Knot

I'm not one of those people who swoon over actors and actresses or even follow entertainment news. However, when the marriage of Brad and Angelina was announced, I had to watch to see how the media would identify their children.

Sure as shootin' - one network mentioned their adopted children as part of the ceremony. Really? How was adoption part...

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The Role of Your Adoption Attorney

You know you cannot adopt without legal guidance, but have you ever wondered what, exactly, your adoption attorney does to facilitate the process? Here's a step-by-step guide that explains the process.

Domestic Private Adoption

Approval - An adoption attorney assists with paperwork and court representation where required by state. Home study and clearances are performed by a social...

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