Category - Support Services


Support, Advocate, Educate: The Adoption Tax Credit

This week may be an important week to many of us that have chosen adoption to build our family. Infertility may have been the beginning of your story, yet a domestic adoption or international adoption was the happy ending. For some, they are still in the emotional rollercoaster of infertility issues, some attempting assisted reproduction ...

Can I Adopt If I Have Been Arrested?

An arrest record or prior criminal charge may not completely disqualify an applicant to become an adoptive parent. Each situation must be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and it is very important that all criminal issues be fully disclosed to the home study coordinator and documented in a home study as well as other adoption ...

How Long Is The International Adoption Process?

We hear over and over again how international adoption takes so long. Yes, it’s a long process, but often the wait and delays referenced are not accurate. I am adamant about telling the TRUTH about the wait. I am passionate about adoption and orphan care and want families to feel they can do it. But ...

Top 6 Reasons Why Home Visits Are Not Scary

Here are the top six reasons why I believe home visits are not scary: 1. The Home Study is Just Another Part of the Process – Those who are going through the adoption process are well aware of the numerous requirements involved in the adoption process. Whether you are adopting domestically or internationally, a home ...

Why Family Counseling?

When a family affected by adoption seeks professional counseling, I nearly always recommend family counseling rather than or in addition to individual treatment or coaching. I generally meet with one or both parents first to get a picture of the situation and the special needs of the child. This helps me best serve the child ...

Adoption and Orphan Care Themes In Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Most adoptive parents have had the experience at the movie theater of being side-swiped by adoption themes, often negative and inaccurate stereotypes, while trying to simply relax and enjoy a movie as a family. If the reverberations are too intense for your child, you are likely to approach all films with more caution for a ...

Update on Artyom: A Lesson in Responsibility

In April 2010, I wrote a two-part article entitled Resources & Responsibilities in response to the story about young Artyom Savelyev whose adoptive mother Torry Hansen placed him on a plane to return to Russia. I stand behind every word in those articles, even as the Moscow Times has published an update on young Artyom. ...

Bilateral Agreements vs. Hague

Since 2008, The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the Hague Convention) has been the primary agreement that provides standards for international adoptions between the United States and other countries. Currently, more than 75 countries have joined the Hague Convention. The Hague Convention provides safeguards to increase protection ...

Actress Denise Richards Is An Adoptive Mom

Actress Denise Richards has joined the ranks of celebrities who have adopted. Her representative has announced that she has adopted an infant girl domestically. The baby was named Eloise Joni. Joni Richards, Denise’s mother’s, died from cancer in 2007, and is the namesake for Denise’s new daughter. Denise (age 40) also has two biological children. ...

Post Adoption Depression Syndrome Part 2

Please, read the first part of Post Adoption Depression Syndrome Post Adoption Depression Syndrome (PADS) may happen because you are also adjusting to a whole new phase of adoption. The wait is over (mostly), the paperwork is almost complete, the cost is more about parenting with a few post-placement reports. Your child arriving home is ...

Post Adoption Depression Syndrome Part 1

Postpartum depression (PPD) has become recognized more in recent years; however, Post Adoption Depression Syndrome (PADS) is still discussed only minimally. There are different reasons for PPD and PADS, yet there is also some overlap. Postpartum depression is at times a "chemical imbalance" from the changes in and surges of hormones, but there are many ...

Meet MLJ: Kathy G. Slaughter

Name: Kathy G. Slaughter, LCSW Title at MLJ: Home Study Coordinator What do you actually DO with MLJ: I review home study documents submitted by prospective adopting parents and then meet with them in their homes to get to know them. Then, I write the 8-10 page document known as "the home study" or Adoption ...

14 Tips To Prepare For An Adoption Home Study

I HAVE TO DO WHAT? That was my first thought as I read the “Adoption Preparation Guide.” I was overwhelmed. I had no idea that I would need to gather so many documents, fill out so many forms, and take so many classes. There were papers to write, home visits to schedule, and requests to ...

Resources & Responsibilities: part 1

The story of Artyom Savelyev adopted from and returned to Russia is deeply concerning for me as an adoption advocate and licensed mental health counselor who has worked with all sides of the adoption triad. I am concerned about all of the other children in Russia who may miss out on a chance for a ...

Answering Questions About Adoption From Family and Friends

The international adoption process is anticipated to be a time of joy, happiness and excitement. Many though, find themselves dealing with stress, impatience and anxiety many times as a result of family and friends giving unwanted advice and opinions. Adoptive parents who begin the process anticipate that family members and friends will be supportive, helpful ...
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