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What Not to Say to Adoptive Parents and Children

When speaking to adoptive parents, families and adopted children, some people say the craziest things without meaning to be offensive. Each year there are more thank 135,000 adoptions in the United States. You would think that the population would be a little better educated in adoption etiquette. One very common phrase is, “Who (or where) […]

Is The Material Girl Adopting Again?

It has been widely reported that Madonna is considering adopting two more children from Malawi. She has been connected with the country for many years and adopted her son, David in 2006 and her daughter, Mercy in 2007. Both children are 11 years old and were adopted from a Malawian orphanage. Madonna has participated in […]

New Bill Should Help Stalled Adoptions Move Forward

As legislative sessions convene all over the country, many new bills will be passed into law concerning adoption. Some will make it easier for adoptive parents and others will make the path a little more difficult. One bill in the Indiana legislature has been very interesting. An Indiana House Committee voted unanimously on a bill […]

Scamming Birthmother Receives Jail Time

A birthmother from Tucson,Arizona, accused of defrauding an adoptive couple from Boston, Massachusetts was sentenced to 100 days in jail and four years probation this week. Like many other adoptive parents who become victims of fraud, Cindy Cantrell and her husband, Jack McHugh, fell victim to Karla Vargas’ plan to take money from them while […]

European Court Rules Against Russian Adoption Ban

Forty five American families were in the process of adopting children from Russia between 2010 and 2012. They had followed the proper channels, completed the appropriate paperwork and were in various stages of adoption when the Russian government banned all adoptions of Russian children to American families. Many of the children had serious medical problems, […]

Foster care child receives adoption wish

One 18 year old foster child had something to cheer about on Christmas Day, which also happened to be her birthday! Lianca Wilson was put into foster care where her mother was killed in a car accident when she was 11 years old. Since that time, her dream was to become an adoptive child in […]

Gift of Adoption Helps Adoptive Families Fund Adoptions

Non profit organization, Gift of Adoption, is a unique nonprofit. One hundred percent of every donation goes directly to an adoption. Gift of Adoption was started in 1996 by Wisconsin couple, Gene and Lucy Wyka, who are parents of three adopted children. It began as a private family foundation, but In 2001, Gift of Adoption […]

Opening a Closed Adoption

Many adoptees are having their DNA tests done to find out about their heritage. Some are placing the results on various web sites where others can look for matches. There have been hundreds of cases where adoptees have been contacted by possible biological relatives. This, along with sealed adoption records becoming legally available in various […]

Help with Adoption Expenses

Many families are discouraged by the costs of adoption. Costs do vary but the average domestic adoption is $30,000 including adoption agency fees, attorney fees and travel. There are some ways to get help with those costs. Families who adopt a child from foster care may qualify for monthly subsidies to help with the costs […]

Don’t let Lack of Funds Stop You From Adopting

There are many Americans who would love to adopt either domestically or abroad, but the high costs prohibit them from doing so. One young couple had recently paid off their school debt and were determined not to go into debt for adoption. They felt that debt puts people into a bad situation. There feeling is: […]