Articles tagged with adoption

Who Should Consider Saving Their Baby's Cord Blood?

Cord Blood, A New Era in Medicine Bone marrow, peripheral blood and the umbilical cord blood constitute the three primary sources of stem cells. Umbilical cord blood, which until fairly recently, was discarded as medical waste, is a non-controversial and rich source of stem cells that are now being saved...

My Story So Far

My husband and I decided we were going to adopt, thanks to my pcos. Pcos doesn't mean I can't have babies. It just means I need really good insurance or a lot of money to try. So a year ago we decided we were going to go through the county...

How to locate a Child for Adoption

The days of orphanage- where babies kept on waiting for being adopted- have not existed in the United States for six-seven decades. Now a days, most adoptive parents locate a baby for adoption by meeting and being selected by a birth mother, usually while she is in the latter stage...

Fostering to Adopt: What It's Really Like

By Jean Meriam, DivineCaroline Maybe I am luckier than most parents waiting to adopt. My little girl, a beautiful and adventurous two-year-old, lives in my home already and has been since she came to us as a foster child at three months old. For the past twenty-three months, I have...

The freak-factor of secondary infertility

Not long after my daughter was born, I met two ladies in my neighborhood for coffee. All three of us had just delivered baby girls, but I was the only first-time Mommy in the group. My husband had taken two-weeks of paternity leave but once that ended, I was home...

Adopting after 40

When our daughter was a year old, my husband and I decided to start trying for another child. Getting pregnant the first time, even at age 41, had been simple. We had no reason to believe the second time around would be anything but a breeze. Instead, I'd get pregnant...

Navigating the Agency Maze

Before the days of the Internet, finding an adoption agency (for both prospective adoptive parents and expectant parents) used to be fairly easy, but fairly limited as well: Word-of-mouth referrals from friends, social agencies, physicians, churches, etc. Local phone books We tended to use agencies located in our areas...

The Legal Process of Adoption

Adoption is a legal process that creates a new, permanent parent-child relationship where one didn't exist before. The adoption proceedings take place in court before a Judge. Adoption bestows on the adoptive parent(s) all the rights and responsibilities of a legal parent, and gives the child being adopted all...

Homestudy 101: Oh, the Scrutiny!

  What Is It? What You Need To Know A homestudy is required for all adoptions, except in some cases of kinship and stepparent adoptions where the requirement may be waived or simplified. A homestudy is valid for a period of one year from the date of approval. It must...

Adoption Costs and Fees

Domestic Public Agency Adoptions Zero to $2,500 Most public agencies place only children with special needs, which are defined differently in each state. Up-front fees and expenses range from zero to $2,500, including travel and attorney's fees. Most states, under a federal match program, will reimburse non-recurring adoption expenses...