Survey of Adoptive Families
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by steffany
14h ago
Check out the video on my YouTube channel HERE! Recently, the National Council for Adoption, also known as NCFA, performed one of the largest surveys of adopting families. In today’s blog, I’ll be sharing some of the highlights found in the survey. If you’d like to learn more about what was included in the survey, I’ve linked it at the bottom of this post. Here are the top 5 highlights from the most recent survey done by the NCFA: Most adoptive families are highly educated. 40% of adopting families hold a bachelor’s degree, and 33% hold a master’s degree. The largest motivation for adopt ..read more
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Closed Vs. Open Adoption
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by steffany
1w ago
Check out the video on my YouTube channel HERE! Adopting parents have the right to choose whether or not they want an open or closed adoption. However, openness surrounding adoption can be quite beneficial to all if done well and when it’s in the child’s best interest. In today’s blog post, we’ll dive into the benefits of open adoptions as well as the reasons some families choose closed adoptions. The benefits of having an open adoption include: The child’s ability to self-identify. When an adopted child has information about their birth family, they are able to grow and develop their id ..read more
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Navigating The Uncertainties In Adoption
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by steffany
3w ago
Just like any major life change, adoption comes with many unknowns. It’s fair to want to find answers to these unknowns, but the reality is that uncertainty will be there. Because of that, we can tend to anticipate disaster, which is incredibly unnerving, to say the least. Adoption is no exception. Many hopeful adoptive families experience anxiety with the process. Here are some tips that can help you navigate the uncertainties of the adoption process. Prepare yourself for any outcome. You may be worried that you won’t be matched or that after labor, the mom will decide not to place her chi ..read more
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Breaking Down The Daunting Adoption Process
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by McCown
1M ago
Over the years, I’ve been honored to help countless families expand through adoption. One thing they all have in common is being overwhelmed with the adoption process. When you compile all the costs, legalities, and invasive requirements for adoption, it’s completely understandable to want to shy away. With adoption professionals on your team, you’ll see that we have the experience necessary to break down the daunting process to show you that it can be done. Here are bite-sized reminders to keep you grounded when the adoption process is making you anxious. Find a reputable adoption professi ..read more
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3 Tips for Surviving a Failed Adoption
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by steffany
1M ago
When performing a simple Google search, you’ll find that there aren’t too many statistics yet about the percentage of failed domestic adoptions. According to my own research, I found that about 75% of domestic adoptions are successful and only about 25% of domestic adoptions end up failing. The fact to keep in mind is that most adoptions will go according to plan, but if they don’t, there are 3 major steps you and your family can take to ensure you aren’t completely discouraged. Remain cautiously optimistic. I always tell families to remain cautiously optimistic as there’s a possibility tha ..read more
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Bravelove – Why Adoption? Stephanie’s Story
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by Monkey Creative
1M ago
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Accidental Sisters: My 52 Year Wait to Meet My Biological Sibling
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by Monkey Creative
1M ago
I was adopted at birth from Catholic Charities in Des Moines, Iowa. My birth mother was from a small town in Illinois, and was hiding her pregnancy from her parents- well actually- hiding it from all except a very small circle of sisters and best friends. She called upon one of her best friends that she had gone to nursing school with to help her hide out in Des Moines. The friend had grown up in the capital city of Iowa and had family there that could assist in the “refuge.” As odd as that may seem today, that’s exactly what she was doing. It was 1959, her boyfriend with whom she got pregna ..read more
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The Fear of Never Being Chosen For Adoption
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by steffany
1M ago
When working with families looking to adopt, one of the most common and deeply held fears they have is that they’ll never be matched with expecting parents. The reality is: that’s a valid fear. They might not be matched with expecting parents. But I am a firm believer, after all my years of working in adoption, that adoption is not if; it’s when. If a family is persistent and they stay with it, no matter what happens, no matter what they experience or what heartache they face, if they stick with it, they’ll be matched. In my experience, I’ve had every family be able to match and adopt a chil ..read more
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Adoption Education Requirements
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by steffany
1M ago
Many families come to us asking what the education requirements are for adopting. The easy answer to this question is that it depends. Here are the education requirements for the three most common avenues of adoption: Foster care adoption – The training is pretty straightforward. It’s approximately 30 hours of training and is generally ten weeks long. However, some states have additional training for the adoption portion. Since COVID, some of these training sessions are now being done online. International adoption – Generally, you’ll need anywhere from 10 to 12 hours of Hague training which ..read more
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Bravelove – Why Adoption? Stephanie’s Story
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by Monkey Creative
2M ago
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