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Amending the Constitution to Address Same-Sex Marriage - Adoption.com June 28th, 2004
The Federal Marriage Amendment is coming up for a vote. Let your opinion be heard.
Divorce After Adoption: Practical Tips for Parents - Rita Laws June 25th, 2004
Marriages and divorces can happen suddenly but experts agree that a gradual approach is best for both events. Many children are amazingly resilient. They can survive traumas and then go on to thrive if they have enough support. Their parents need to ensure they put them (the children) first in the divorce.
Adopting Challenges in Central Asia - Gulnara Davis June 25th, 2004
One couple was flying with two well-behaved baby boys. They were trying to comfort these boys by holding them closely to their bodies, and giving them gentle hugs. The boys were responding with happy little toothless smiles. It was easy to see that these boys and their new parents had already established a personal loving bond. My intent was to not disturb these people, but I was still very curious. Did this adopted baby girl really not have any relatives who might have been able to raise her? By Kazakhstan law, a family can only adopt a child if it does not have legal parents or living relatives.
An Assorted Fairytale VII - Linda Muzzin June 25th, 2004
My sister, who is two years younger, but much taller and stronger, came to live with us, after spending most of her time with our mother. She was also adopted and from another biological family, which at the time had me feeling like more of an alien than I had words for. My sister was the brain in this family, a genius, and she knew too much for her own good. She was easily bored with kids’ games, and the trade off was that her brains left her with little social skills. She was mean to everyone, and everything.
Families Wanting to Adopt - Doris Farnsworth June 25th, 2004
I am a single parent and want to adopt again. In PA, I was told that SWAN has approved and paid for 6,000 home studies, but they only pay for first-time studies. Most of the states require an up-date every year now, and this can cost anywhere from $500 to $2,500. I do not work outside of the home; my children range from mild to life threatening and require me to be here all the time. When my daughter’s night nurse does not show up, I cover her care at night, then provide care for all the children during the day. I'm not complaining about the time spent with my kids. What I am upset about is the issues of how families are chosen for the children available for adoption.
Reunited - K.R. June 21st, 2004
I started to read it and almost fell face first onto the coffee table. My 15-year-old daughter was wanting some information on her heritage and who her birth father was. I called the number on the letterhead and the lawyer said that if I wanted to, I could contact the adoptive mother and speak with her directly, so I did just that.
Birth Mother Quick Tip: Pregnancy Disability Leave - Mardie Caldwell June 21st, 2004
No matter how long she has been employed, a pregnant employee is entitled to Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) if she provides an appropriate medical certification. PDL should not be confused with other types of leave.
An Assorted Fairytale...VI - Linda Muzzin June 21st, 2004
I thought to myself, up until now I thought I had faced it all, but at that moment I not only wanted to be invisible, I wanted to disappear forever. Fortunately the woman was kind, but she had many questions. “Where is your mother?” Like a dagger though my soul, my very existence and self worth came down to this - a complete stranger...asking me about my mother.
Who's Little Girl Am I? - Sheryl June 21st, 2004
Having children of my own only enforces the feelings I have of "who am I"? I stare into the many faces of the people I meet always looking for a clue or something I identify with. I harbor no hard feelings for this woman whom I’m sure did what she felt was best for BOTH of us at the time. If she didn't love me, she would not have left me where I'd be discovered. All these years of wondering what my nationality is, or who I resemble, or whether the birth father knew I was born, or if there is breast cancer, diabetes, etc. in my future. Where did my love for music come from? I'm sure every adoptee out there wonders the same.
Reunions and Thoughts - Anonymous June 14th, 2004
For years, I was afraid to go searching for anybody. I had the usual fears. Would I find out that my mother was a hooker or my dad was a convicted murderer? I didn't want to complicate anybody's life or get rejected. Did they keep me a secret from their families? I didn't know what to expect. Would I be opening a can of worms? As it turned out, my biological parents were a couple of high school kids, that fell in love. They weren't old enough to get married. So, my birthmother went to a home in the spring of 1959 to give birth to me and put me up for adoption, which was quite normal at the time. My biological parents drifted apart.
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