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Adoption Options for Canadians - Sandy Zurbrigg-Tutt December 06th, 2004
For many individuals and couples deciding to adopt, just knowing where and how to begin can be overwhelming. Many people do not know who to contact or the options open to them. Canadians have several different avenues for adopting children.
Opening a Russian Adoption - Jean Zaniewski December 06th, 2004
An adoptive mother expresses her understanding of birth mothers' decisions with regards to placing their children for adoption and provides tips for seeking an international mother.
Jan & Linda's Responses XII December 03rd, 2004
Linda's Response XI November 29th, 2004
Instant Family: Making Discoveries in the Aftermath of Reunion - Lydia Dishman November 29th, 2004
My search was colored by this profound sense of somehow being less worthy than a legitimate child. I saw my searching a kind of intrusion, and tiptoed around making contacts with my birth parents. I was so careful, so polite, so accommodating, and so exhausted! I felt I should be thankful for whatever little bit this new family might be willing to give me. How extraordinarily lucky that, at the beginning, both birth parents were gracious and seemed to be interested in pursuing a relationship with me. I have relayed the story of finding them to many people, both strangers and friends. Perhaps it was my enthusiasm, or just their raw empathy, that prompted an overwhelming response of “oh isn’t that wonderful."
It's A Small World - Joseph D. November 29th, 2004
My grandmother on my birth mother's side is in her late 80s. Breaking the news to her about finding me was a bit hard for my birth mother. After I was put up for adoption, since it was a very unpleasant situation, it was something that was never discussed between them for over 44 years. Oddly, my birth mother and I figured out, that I'd been working for the last 10 years with my grandmother's best friend's son and grandson. So, when I came back into the picture, starting the conversation with my grandmother was made a lot easier for my birth mother.
Each Adoption Story Is Unique - C. Perez November 29th, 2004
I cried until there were no more tears left to cry. I mean I laid on the floor and wept unable to move or think. I now understand what it means to be prostate with grief, for grief visited my house that day, Black Thursday. The next day we visited our local Crisis Pregnancy Center as I was so in shock and grief that I just did not even know what to begin to do. The lady there was very nice and spoke to us the importance of going to the police to show Laura that we stood up for her and would protect her.
Preschooler Behaviour: Who's the Boss - Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW November 29th, 2004
Does your preschooler tell you he hates you, or not to look at him? Does your child hit you? When preschoolers tell parents or other family members they hate them or if they hit their parents, it is usually to get out of doing what is asked - to get their own way.
Adoption Reform - Lawrence P. Adams November 22nd, 2004
As with CPS and foster care, adoption MUST be done with the best interest of the child as the one and only priority. If a child has been matched with the best possible foster family with potential adoption in mind and the family wishes to adopt the child, the adoption process should be expedited to allow the child to establish a permanent family, obtain stability in life and be removed from the foster care system. If the child has been placed, though best matched, with a family not interested in adopting, immediate matching with a potential adoptive family should begin. The child should remain with the current family until such a family is found.
Finding Parents, Journey of Faith - Bea O'Quinn Dewberry November 22nd, 2004
Gowan's successful search for her parents came despite the fact that Massachusetts is one of many states that seals birth records of adopted babies. But that may soon change if a bill to be refiled next month by state Sen. Susan Fargo, D-Lincoln, is approved.
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