Domestic infant adoption in the United States has undergone a seismic shift in the last 30 years. When will popular perceptions catch up with the new, healthier reality?
Tips for — and from — domestic adoptive parents on preparing for the emotional journey to meet your child.
An adoption attorney explains the legal steps surrounding your child’s birth when you adopt domestically.
What do you write when the merchandise on offer is your heart?
I’m about to move. Can I readopt after I move, or do I have to readopt in the state I lived in when I brought my child home?
Answers to your parenting questions.
State adoption laws are always changing. Read up on the latest update.
View the replay of the “Creating Your Adoption Profile” webinar. Madeleine Melcher offers guidance on the most important elements of creating the profile your agency or attorney will share with expectant mothers considering adoption.
Your child’s birth father is an important part of your child’s adoption story, and has legal rights in relation to the adoption.
Openness in adoption should begin long before the expectant mother and adoptive family navigate ongoing contact. An agency and an attorney discuss best practices for working with prospective birth parents.
When our first adoption match fell through, we were devastated.
How you go about searching for your child’s birth mother will depend on what you feel comfortable with.
When creating your family profile, be authentic.
Basic facts about domestic adoption.
by Jeanne T. Tate
What to ask — and what not to ask — a potential birth mother in your first encounter.
What has also changed dramatically is that no matter how you choose to build your family, when your child arrives at school, he or she is no longer going to be the only one with two mommies, two daddies, or even a single mom or dad.
Our advertising was placed, our adoption profile was ready to go, and it was only a matter of time before our 800-line started ringing with calls from expectant mothers. Yikes! Mercifully, I was prepared, thanks to the expertise of my adoption attorney, adoption consultant, and other adoptive parents. Here’s what I learned:
You’ll need an experienced attorney to guide you through the legal process.
The annual number of infants adopted domestically (excluding foster and relative adoption) is estimated to be around 18,000 — far greater than the annual number of international adoptions. Moreover, the process of adopting a newborn in the United States can go more swiftly than you may imagine.