All Adoption Articles

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 Select an Adoption Attorney

Adoption attorneys play an important role in creating your family through adoption. Thus, selection of an attorney is an important and critical decision.  The factors like fairness of fee, quality of service, depth of knowledge etc. can vary dramatically among attorneys.  You need to take care of the following points...

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...

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...

The Financial Impact of Adoptive Parenthood

But what about after the placement?... For the infertile, family building is expensive business! After several years of supplementing patchy health insurance coverage for medical treatments and then exploring options and finding loans or working extra hours needed to finance adoption, many adopters have not given much thought to the...