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How long does it take to adopt? International? Foster? Infant?

Time frames will vary based on many factors. It could be a few months to over a year. To learn more about these various types of adoption, see Getting Started with Adoption . ... [more]

Are You Ready? (Assessment)

The goal of this quiz is to help you (and your spouse) identify, clarify and discuss your feelings and goals about adoption. If you have a spouse or partner, complete the assessment separa... [more]

Other Forms of Kinship Care

There are other forms of kinship care besides those mentioned previously. In this section we look at three: stepparent adoption, co-guardianship, and standby guardianship. Stepparent adopt... [more]

Kinship Care

Although the number of kinship placements has climbed dramatically in recent years, the phenomenon has always been an integral part of the American fabric. In certain cultures, grandparents... [more]



Information, Legislation, Statistics

Transracial adoption is a "hot" topic in the media and in adoption circles. There is quite a lot of activity in this area of adoption practice. We offer the following brief sect... [more]

Statistics

The term transracial adoption means the joining of racially different parents and children together in adoptive families. (Silverman, 1993) The ... [more]

Obstacles Facing Military Families

Adoption has never been easy for those in the military. Traditionally, only the most persistent and resourceful families have been able to adopt. Because many military families move often,... [more]

Military Adoption Benefits

If you are on active duty in the military, you are eligible for reimbursement of expenses up to $2,000 for the adoption of a single child and up to $5,000 per family per year. There is one... [more]




Adoption Glossary of Terms

Where Do I Start?
Adoption Degree of Difficulty, How Adoption Has Changed Through the Years, Who Can Adopt?, About the Children, About Birthparents, Is Adoption Right for You?, Requirements to be an Adoptive Parent, Are You Ready? (Assessment), Words & Terms

Steps to an Adoption
Step-by-Step Guidelines, Making a Plan, The Adoption Homestudy, Finding Your Child, Adoption Agency

Adopting Secrets
Ideas to Help Find Adoption Situations, The Most Common Characteristics Shared by Successful Adoptive Parents

Adoption Costs
Adopting on a Budget, Crowdsourcing and Adoption, Perspectives on Adoptee Costs, Raising Money for Adoption, The Costs of Adoption, What Adoptions Cost, Affording Adoption, Subsidies, Military Adoption Benefits, Apply for a loan, Adoption Tax Credit, Employer Benefits, Adoption Loans

Photo Listing
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Types of Adoption
Considering Adoption? Consider Foster First, Domestic Adoption Trends are Changing, Fost-Adopt, Infant/Newborn, International, Waiting Child Adoption, Semi-Open Adoption, Step Child Adoption, Older Child Adoption, Closed Adoption, Relative Adoption, Foster Child Adoption, Special Needs, Military & Overseas Adoption, Adopting an Adult, Child Adoptions, Embryo Adoption, Open Adoption

Adoption Home Study
Homestudies: The Inside Scoop

Adoption Networking

Affording Adoption
Benefits & Subsidies, Adoption Grants, Adoption Loans, Raising Money, Establishing and Repairing Credit

Issues to Consider
6 Ways to Support to a Birthmother, A Place at the Adoption Table, Adoption Language, Baby Veronica, Birth Fathers, Birthmothers Are Not Heroes, Coping with Infertility before You Adopt, Does the Triad Fit?, Domestic Adoption Trends, Grief in Adoption: For Better or Worse, Is Open Adoption Scary?, Labels of Adoption, Medical Histories, Respecting Birth Fathers and Their Decision to Parent or Place, Social Media Etiquette in Adoption, The Freedom to Express Grief, The Importance of Openness, The Power of Language, The Side Effects of Adoption, Unbreakable Thread, Attachment & Bonding, Disabled Parents, Failed Placement, My Spouse, Siblings, Single Parents, Telling Family & Friends, Adoption Risks, Breastfeeding, Drug & Alcohol Exposure, Older Parent Adoption, Transracial/Transcultural Adoption

Legal Considerations
Adopting a Native American Child, Adoption and the Defense of Marriage Act, Adoption Facilitators, Adoption is Not the Only Legal Option for Caregivers, Fraud & Scams, Indian Child Welfare Act, Laws, Parental Rights, Recent Changes in Utah Adoption Laws, Relinquishment & Time to Revoke

Alternatives to Adoption
Cloning, Legal Custody, Embryo Adoption, Fertility Treatment, Foster Care, Guardianship, Informal Adoption, Kinship Options, Subsidized Permanency, Surrogacy

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