Each year in the United States over 110,000 children in foster care wait for permanent families, while approximately 18,000 are adopted through private adoptions and 5,000 through international adoption.
Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts started Adoption Week in 1976 in an effort to promote awareness of children waiting for permanent homes. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Week in 1984 and finally, National...
By Rita Soronen
Every child deserves a safe, loving, and permanent family. That is the simple, yet profound motivation behind National Adoption Month. Celebrated across North America each November, this special month of awareness helps to increase the number of families considering adoption, and celebrates the joys of creating families through foster care adoption.
National Adoption Month not only gives...
By Natan Bar-Chama, M.D.
Scrotal varicoceles are common, and are one of the leading causes of infertility in men. They are present in 4 out of 10 men having difficulty fathering their first child, and the incidence increases dramatically to 8 out of 10 men trying to father their second child. While for many men varicoceles do not present a medical problem, during...
By Taraneh Nazem, MD and Alan B Copperman, MD
A biochemical pregnancy occurs when an embryo implants in the uterine lining and starts to make hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) that can be detected in the blood or urine, but does not continue to grow enough to be seen on ultrasound, or to develop into a healthy, ongoing pregnancy. Biochemical pregnancies...
How does a couple or individual take the leap from fertility treatment to adoption? I used to think the process unfolded predictably: A couple tried for a biological child until the options or the money ran out. They mourned the biological child they might have had, then looked to adoption. Sounds so simple. If only it were!
I was not...