Money for Adoption
Abrazo Adoption Associates Blog
by abrazoadmin
2w ago
Any time a question gets asked about money for adoption, one thing is sure: somebody is bound to get uncomfortable. And not without good reason. Because no adoption should ever happen just because money was the reason, right? It’s against the law in every state for babies or children to be bought or sold. This is why the best states (Texas included) prohibit anyone from arranging an adoption unless it is done a licensed adoption agency. (Even Texas attorneys cannot arrange adoptions– not without having a valid agency license.) Can I get money for adoption if I give up my baby or child? That’s ..read more
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Pregnant in Texas
Abrazo Adoption Associates Blog
by abrazoadmin
1M ago
Those who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant in Texas are not alone these days, it seems. As planned by Texas lawmakers who supported Governor Abbott’s abortion ban, thousands of female children, teens and adults have become involuntarily pregnant in Texas and forced by law to carry to term. Researchers estimate that 26,000 girls and women in Texas have become pregnant since the state’s abortion ban was passed. That’s heartbreaking in itself, but wait! There’s more. Teen pregnancies in Texas are on the rise, too— for the first time in 15 years. And regardless of age or the circumstance ..read more
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Working in Child Welfare
Abrazo Adoption Associates Blog
by abrazoadmin
1M ago
For many, the phrase “working in child welfare” conjures up touching images– rocking babies, getting hugs from toddlers, saving children from unsavory fates…and yes, sometimes, that fits. But ask anyone who’s been working in child welfare for awhile what it’s like, and you’re bound to get some very different answers. Abrazo’s child welfare professionals could tell some crazy tales of child placement adventures over the years. Child welfare workers routinely get praised by some and cursed by others, after all. Our work has taken us across the US and beyond. Abrazo’s staff has done homestudy int ..read more
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Too Many Kids
Abrazo Adoption Associates Blog
by abrazoadmin
2M ago
Is there such a thing as having “too many kids?” It’s hard for anyone with infertility to imagine, of course. But the truth is this: hyperfertility can be as much of a crisis as infertility. Just as there’s no good explanation for why perfectly nice folks cannot get pregnant, sometimes there’s just no good reason why it seems perfectly nice folks can’t not get pregnant sometimes, no matter how careful they may be. Which is why every adoption agency knows someone who gave up a baby for adoption because they had too many children already, and could barely care for the ones they had. Even if food ..read more
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A Surprise Adoption
Abrazo Adoption Associates Blog
by abrazoadmin
2M ago
TikTok is currently ablaze over the story of what a man recently claimed was a surprise adoption in Texas. (For anyone unfamiliar with the term, a “surprise adoption” is typically an unexpected placement arranged after the birth of a baby who needs an immediate home.) What is a Surprise Adoption? Some adoption folk refer to this as a “stork drop.” Others call it a “last-minute adoption.” Abrazo fondly codes such situations as a “B.O.G.” (pronounced bee-oh-gee, for “baby on the ground.”) Contrary to popular thought, though, these situations are not really instant adoptions. Newly-delivered moth ..read more
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Childless Couples Seeking to Adopt
Abrazo Adoption Associates Blog
by abrazoadmin
2M ago
Abrazo is in need of more childless couples seeking to adopt. (But not just any will do.) We’re seeking emotionally stable, financially-secure, childless married couples age 25 or over, who have documented infertility, and are committed to open adoption. (That’s saying a lot, isn’t it? Sorry/not sorry.) Yes, we know that there are lots of great families out there who already have kids and want more. And plenty of would-be adopters could have “kids of their own” but want to choose gender. And there are probably just as many lovely single folks who are ready to give all their love and atten ..read more
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Pregnancy and Human Trafficking
Abrazo Adoption Associates Blog
by abrazoadmin
3M ago
Not long ago, Abrazo received a call that reminded our staff of the combined dangers of pregnancy and human trafficking. No hace mucho, Abrazo recibió una llamada que le recordó a nuestro personal los peligros combinados del embarazo y la trata de personas. Migrants, Pregnancy and Human Trafficking The teenager caller had come into the US illegally, with the help of a coyote who’d reportedly required sexual services from her, in addition to the fee he’d collected from her family. After entering America, this young refugee had found herself alone in a strange country and pregnant with a baby sh ..read more
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Rehoming a Child
Abrazo Adoption Associates Blog
by abrazoadmin
3M ago
The problem with rehoming a child is that any loss of a family results in trauma, and any subsequent change of homes is a source of stress with lasting effects. The term “rehoming” originally applied to those who take in a dog or cat then decide they can’t or won’t keep it, so they find someone else to take it in. The needs of children, however, are far more complex than those of pets. For this reason, children should never be passed off between homes as easily as Fido or Kitty. This should be obvious, yet sadly, in America, it seems it is not. Kids here still get rehomed on the regular, despi ..read more
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Best Adoption Agency in Texas
Abrazo Adoption Associates Blog
by abrazoadmin
3M ago
What does it take to be the best adoption agency in Texas? And what would inspire anyone to try, for over 30 years? (Really, why?) Decades ago, a young adoption professional began meeting with two Texas attorneys to discuss whether and why a state with so many adoption agencies already might actually need another one. Back in the early Nineties, the majority of Texas adoption agencies were still church-related organizations, although there were several attorney-owned private agencies and a few old guard secular agencies known as the most expensive adoptions in the State. Nearly all of them cat ..read more
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When Pregnancy Turns Dangerous
Abrazo Adoption Associates Blog
by abrazoadmin
3M ago
Mothers-to-be of any age don’t always know, when pregnancy turns dangerous. Doctors only see their patients in the office or clinic, after all, not at their homes, where pregnant moms are sometimes at the greatest risk. The National Institute of Health website lists high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, infections, preeclampsia, preterm labor, depression & anxiety, pregnancy loss/miscarriage, and stillbirth as being among the most common complications when pregnancy turns dangerous. Yet the California Health Report says that nationwide, homicide is the leading cause of death of pregna ..read more
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