Our Blog

This is some blog description about this site

Open Adoption

Adoption has come a long way in the past few decades. Gone are the days when a young woman would give birth without ever laying eyes on her baby and never know anything about where he went after leaving the room in the arms of a swiftly walking nurse. Today, a birth mother has so many options when it comes to choosing adoption.

Open adoption experienced a burst of popularity in the early 90’s and continues to be favored for many reasons today. Open adoption allows the birth mother to retain some connection with her child while still ensuring that he has the best life possible. While there are varying degrees of contact, and these must be agreed upon by the adoptive parents, an open adoption can make it possible for the birth parents to receive photos, updates, and even visits with the child. Certainly, being able to see the stability and happiness that you have provided by trusting your child to a loving family makes it clear that you made the right choice.

Since open adoption focuses on interaction between the birth mother and the adoptive parents, the birth parents are offered the opportunity to choose the couple that will raise their child. Portfolios of families who are all waiting for a child to love are looked through carefully, studied, and narrowed down to just a few. Then, there is normally a meeting arranged so the future parents can all meet and a final decision can be made. If geographically possible, the chosen adoptive parents can participate in doctor visits, ultrasounds, and eventually the birth of their soon to be child. This helps create a bond and a sense of trust between the parents and the birth mother. Often times, the adoptive mother will be present at the delivery and the first to hold the child. In an open adoption, the birth mother has no reason to feel as if she will never see her son or daughter again and this gesture is a beautiful way to put the adoptive parents’ minds at ease.

In addition to maintaining contact with your child, open adoption also makes it possible to provide medical history, genealogy, and family updates so your child never has to wonder where he came from. This can prove to be invaluable if ever faced with a medical emergency or questions about his birth family arise.

These days, non traditional families are the norm and open adoption is just one of the amazing ways some of those families are formed. If you’re pregnant, and scared, adoption can offer you  hope and a solution that will allow you the best of both worlds - a life where you can know your child and still follow your dreams.

Continue reading
  645 Hits
645 Hits

Pregnant? Adoption is an Option

For some women, seeing the plus sign on the little white stick isn’t a joyful moment. Instead, it is a moment where you find yourself consumed with fear, worry, and panic.  You’re pregnant. You didn’t mean for it to happen, yet the proof is right there in your hand. You begin to think about all of the ways this is going to affect your life and how you could ever possibly manage being a parent. Will you finish school? Can you afford to have a baby? What is the father going to say?  

According to the website www.dosomething.org, more than half of teen mothers never graduate from high school and less than 2% of teen moms earn a college degree by age 30. This is most likely due to the fact that it takes a considerable amount of money to raise a child, so these young moms must forfeit their education and maintain full time employment instead. Unfortunately, without an education, the earning potential for these young girls is not going to be nearly enough to meet the needs of a newborn. A simple package of diapers averages about $18 and a new baby will go through ten to twelve of those in a day. Many times, teen moms find themselves forced to rely on government assistance for health care, groceries, and even housing. CNN recently reported that it will cost a middle class couple $241, 080 to raise a child born in 2012 for eighteen years. That amount does not include the cost of college. Sadly, most teen moms find themselves alone with little or no support from the baby’s father.   

Unplanned pregnancy doesn’t have to be a hopeless situation; there is a way to be a wonderful parent without having to go through the struggle of trying to make ends meet and giving up on your goals. Adoption provides you with a solution that not only enables your child to have the best life possible, but for you to have your best life, as well. With adoption, you can be certain that he/she will never go without, will never feel like a burden to you, and will be loved unconditionally by parents who have longed for, even prayed for, the very child that you have entrusted to them.   

There is sometimes a misconception that allowing someone to adopt your child is selfish and you only did it so your life wouldn’t be disrupted. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. The love that it takes to realize you aren’t able to provide for another life at this time is immeasurable, the strength is takes is admirable, but the future that it provides for everyone involved is what makes adoption the best thing that you could ever do when faced with an unplanned pregnancy.
Continue reading
  619 Hits
619 Hits

The Congressional Coalition Adoption

The Congressional Coalition  on Adoption Institute has some very interesting articles that relate to adoption. Go to their website www.ccainstitute.org for information and research on the adoption tax credit as well as the Coalition's response to the rehoming article from Reuters.

For those readers of  blog who might be more interested in surrogacy. There's some recent developments from the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs. Those foreign nationals seeking to enter India for the purposes of commissioning an Indian surrogate must now apply for a medical visa in order to do so.  Also, only heterosexual couples who been married for two years are eligible to receive a medical visa.

Continue reading
  639 Hits
639 Hits

The 2014 Adoption Expense Tax Credit Is

The 2014 Adoption Expense Tax Credit is $13,190. This is the allowed credit for a child with special needs. As to private or agency adoptions the qualified expenses is up to $13,190. Remember it is  a downward scale based upon income. I recommend you discuss the adoption tax credit with a tax expert before you prepare your taxes, to be sure you are entitled to the credit claimed.
Continue reading
  638 Hits
638 Hits

November Is Adoption Awareness Month

November is Adoption Awareness Month. If you haven't already tuned into The Today Show you should.  This morning they finalized 12 families live on air.  An adoption finalization is a beautiful moment for everyone. Thank you Today.
Continue reading
  574 Hits
574 Hits