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Ask AF: Adopting an Acquaintance’s Baby

Ask AF: Adopting an Acquaintance’s Baby

Answers to your parenting questions.

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Picture of baby Tyler, right before the months of waiting

“Picture of Love”

In the photos our agency sent, I saw a serious little boy growing up without a mother. Halfway around the world, I waited and longed for the day when I could fill that role.

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“How I Handled Calls from Prospective Birth Mothers”

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:

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Adoption Timeline

How Long Does It Take to Adopt a Child?

The adoption timeline can vary dramatically, depending your chosen route. This general overview explains a typical adoption schedule, requirements at each step, and common expenses.

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A mother and her new baby, after deciding she was ready to adopt

“When I Knew I Was Ready to Adopt”

Even after we turned in our paperwork, I wasn't 100-percent certain I was ready to adopt. But when the time was right, I knew.

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What Do Religious Beliefs Have to Do with Parenting?

Whether or not I believe in a higher being, and whether or not I frequent a house of worship, is a terrible predictor of what kind of parent I’ll be.

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