Category - Resources

21
May

How to Make Colored Rice for Your Sensory Play Bin

When we were getting ready for our Bulgaria Open House in November, we decided we were going to have a sensory play bin. A sensory bin allows children to explore using their five senses in a controlled environment. This can be helpful for adoptive children, really any children, because it helps stimulate their brain, which ...
24
Apr

Six Precautions to Take When Traveling with Cash

While traveling internationally to complete your adoption, carrying cash is often a necessity. Credit cards, while an everyday convenience here in the United States, are not always practical when traveling to third-world countries. We recommend our families carry cash both in American dollars and local currency. Here are some tips for traveling internationally with cash. ...
16
Apr

Take Care When Completing Your Adoption Dossier

One of the first steps in the adoption process is to gather and complete several documents that will become your dossier. Your dossier gives all the authorities involved in your adoption process a “window” to analyze your family, your home and your life. The purpose of the dossier is to show that you meet all ...
19
Mar

Top 100 Adoption-Friendly Workplaces

Would you consider your workplace to be an adoption-friendly workplace? The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption releases an annual list of 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces, in which they recognize companies that provide the best adoption benefits to their employees. The companies are ranked based on two basic requirements: the amount of financial compensation provided and ...
17
Mar

Affording Adoption is Possible

What is holding you back from your adoption dreams? Recently my colleague Lydia Tarr brought some research to my attention. A survey had found that 26% of adults (and 38% of church going adults) had considered adopting a child, but only 2% have ever followed through. Knowing the enormous need and the deep hurt of children ...
3
Mar

Why an Adoption Playgroup?

I remember sharing with some moms about my struggle with leaving my daughter in the nursery at church. Their response was she would be fine, just leave her, all kids go through that. I tried to explain to them that my daughter still had fears of abandonment. Additionally, the nursery looked very much like an ...
16
Jan

Investing the Adoption Tax Credit

It feels like perfect timing that the adoption tax credit arrived in my bank account right before Christmas, but ultimately my plan for the majority of it will be invested back into my child in more important ways than gifts. After paying off my adoption loan, I will be saving to ensure I can provide ...
7
Jan

What Type Of Visa Will My Internationally Adopted Child Receive?

If you are adopting a child internationally, it is likely that your child will arrive in the United States after receiving one of four types of visas. The type of visa that your child arrives home on depends on two factors. First, it depends on your child’s country of origin. Second, it depends on whether ...
19
Nov

Early Risk Factors for Sensory Deficits

Sensory issues are hard for many people to understand. You may not immediately recognize sensory issues in your child, but sensory deficits often lead to behaviors that adults find problematic. For adoptive parents, it can be confusing to recognize sensory issues and not know if they indicate prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol, lack of ...
5
Nov

Hydration, Blood Sugar, Behavior, and Learning

Physiological Strategies: Hydration/Blood Glucose Seventy-five percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated. When I teach Nutrition: Nurture, Health & Behavior, I generally admit that I am likely a part of that 75%, but when I review some of the major impacts of dehydration, I always reach for my Nalgene bottle. Proper hydration:   keeps metabolism at ...
24
Oct

Why do we have to do International Adoption Post Placement Reports?

In the past week, I have had several conversations that reinforce the significant important of post placement reports in international adoptions. My first conversations were when I was in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and talked with two of their government entities involved in the international adoption process. The Social Services department and Family Court ...
30
Sep

How Do I Afford the Early Part of My Adoption Process?

Affording adoption can seem daunting. The adoption tax credit is available to help some families, but those funds aren’t available until the adoption is complete. Many generous grant organizations exist to help families afford adoption. However, they often maintain requirements that monies can’t be distributed until later in the process – after a home study ...
18
Sep

Book Review: Sleepless in America

As a therapist, I know how essential it is to mood and functioning to by well rested and eat healthy food. I worked hard in graduate school and early in my career, often sacrificing sleep, but once I prioritized sleeping a sufficient number of hours each night, I quickly realized that I was able to ...
17
Sep

Top Five Reasons to be Wary of the Internet During an Adoption

The internet and social media sites have transformed the international adoption landscape. Previously, we discussed some of the benefits that adoptive parents have gained from the internet. Today we will discuss the top five reasons adoptive parents need to be cautious when going online during an international adoption.   It is difficult to judge the ...
10
Sep

Six Money Saving Tips For Adoptive Families

As people consider adoption and growing their families, one big concern is its impact on the family budget. Raising children is definitely not cheap, but there are ways to reduce expenses even in larger families. There are a few basic categories where your family budget will feel the effects of additional kids — food, travel. ...
9
Sep

Top Five Reasons the Internet is Good for International Adoption

The internet and social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have profoundly transformed our society as a whole. They have also transformed the world of adoption. When adopted tweens can locate birth siblings or internationally adopted teens can contact former caregivers in their birth countries online, all stakeholders in adoption face a set ...
5
Aug

Why Do I Need Adoption Education?

When my family went through our first adoption, there were no adoption education requirements. We were given a list of books and it was suggested we read one or two. Eager to know all that I could, I did read one of the suggested books, Toddler Adoption: The Weaver’s Craft by Mary Hopkins-Best and it ...
3
Aug

School Assignments Difficult for Adopted Children and Tips for Teachers

As I prepared for the first “Adoption for Teachers” seminar the other morning, I had a wonderful conversation on twitter with some adults adoptees about what assignments were difficult for them in school. It was a great discussion, but maybe the most important point that came out of it is to remember that every child ...
19
Jun

Friend and Family Donors Can Receive Tax Deduction

What an encouragement when generous family and friends want to join you on your adoption journey! However, you need to have a plan regarding the acceptance of donations. If your donors are not concerned with a tax benefit, then I suggest creating an adoption sub-account at your local bank and saving all funds raised until ...
13
May

Children’s Books About Race and Diversity

Race and ethnicity, is an issue that parents of children who were adopted internationally face daily. Often it is very obvious to children who are adopted that they do not look like the rest of their family and they may struggle with forming their individual identity. Families who have adopted internationally may receive stares or ...
6
May

Book Review: Proof of Heaven

With my work obligations, I struggle to find time to read a book for pleasure. Recently, however, one title caught my interest: Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M.D., teased my curiosity due to the subject matter. Dr. Alexander, a neurosurgeon, describes his near death experience, while he lay in a coma for 7 days ...
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