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Considering Special Needs Infant Adoption

Merryl Klein, CSW, of Spence-Chapin, answered questions about how special needs infant placements are handled through their agency, types of needs, program costs, openness, and procedures. Chat Transcript.... [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]

Finding Your Child

Once your home study is completed, you are ready to begin the placement process — the time when a specific child is identified for your family. Depending on the type of adoption you ar... [more]

Risk in Domestic Infant Adoption

The possibility a hoped-for adoption will not go through is a risk faced by most adopting parents. Learn about risk in adoption, what it means, and how to evaluate your own situation.... [more]



Establishing & Maintaining a Favorable Credit History

When you have little or no credit history, applying for loans and credit can be difficult, if not impossible. Lenders like to see a history or pattern as well as a credit score before the... [more]

Library of Articles on Adopting After Infertility

Subsidized Permanency

Some states have programs that provide a monthly subsidy payment to grandparents and other relatives who obtain guardianship of the children they are raising. State Laws: These s... [more]

An Introduction to Adoption for Canadians

The laws and requirements governing adoption in Canada vary between provinces and territories. More information about these specifics and differences can be found in our article on Provin... [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
Photo Listing

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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