domestic adoption

Independent Adoption as an Option

After deciding to pursue domestic adoption as the way to build a family, adoptive parents will confront the question of whether they should try to locate their child through an adoption agency, or independently, without the assistance of an adoption agency.

Independent (sometimes called private-placement or direct placement) adoption is an attractive choice for many reasons. Too often prospective...

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National Adoption Month 2017

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...

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Ten Myths about Adoption

Adoption is an emotionally charged topic. Throw in some misinformation and a whopping dose of the stuff tabloids are made of and it's hard to separate myth from fact. So sit back, get comfortable, and learn the truth about building a family through adoption.

1. MYTH: There are no kids to adopt.

FACT: There are children of all...

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The Framework of Adoption

The framework of adoption in the United States changed drastically in 2008 when the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption became effective in the United States. Not only does the Hague Convention alter the adoption process for U.S. citizens wishing to adopt internationally, the Convention also impacts non- U.S. citizens residing in the U.S. who wish to adopt domestically...

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The Role of the Pediatrician in the Adoption Process: Before, During and After an Adoption

Starting about 10 years ago, in response to the markedly increased numbers of children being adopted from abroad, a minor sub-specialty emerged in the field of pediatrics, pediatricians interested in adoptions, or "adoption pediatricians." In 2000, The American Academy of Pediatrics recognized this new group, The Section on Adoption and Foster Care. This section of the Academy is "…dedicated to improving the h...

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