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Advice for Birthparents

Placing a baby for adoption is a major, life changing decision. It is a decision not to be made lightly and should be done with careful consideration, counseling and a clear plan. This is where the services of an adoption agency are invaluable. Asking someone to navigate through an adoption plan and placement alone is […]

Year old boy is Adopted by His Foster Parents

Dave and Amanda Dula became the legal parents of five year-old Caleb this past week. The couple have been the foster parents of Caleb since he was placed in their home in 2014. It has been a long road for the family. Caleb had been abused and neglected by his birth family. He was then […]

Birthmothers Enter College on Adoption Scholarship

Seven birthmothers who placed a child for adoption have been awarded a college scholarship from Lifetime Adoption Foundation. For most birthparents, the decision to place their child for adoption comes from not being able to properly care for the child with the largest factor being a lack of income. As we all know, raising a […]

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Consider Changing Adoption Laws

Lawmakers in Pennsylvania are making changes to their state’s adoption laws. They believe the current process is too difficult and leaves the child in limbo for too long. Under the present -day law, biological parents must wait for 72 hours after birth to relinquish their parental rights. Birthparents then have 30 days after revoking their […]

State Legislatures Considering Bills Affecting Adoption Agencies

Alabama Republican Senator, Bill Hightower introduced a bill that would allow faith based adoption agencies to turn away gay couples without the risk of losing their license. The Alabama Senate Health Committee voted 6-1 in favor of the bill. This bill includes agencies that help place state foster children. Arguments for and against were voiced […]

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) […]

Adoption Agency Files Bankruptcy

The Independent Adoption Center (IAC) abruptly closed its doors on Tuesday claiming bankruptcy. The agency has operated in 16 states now leaving hundreds of adoptive families wondering what to do next. The Tucker, Georgia office has been operating since 2001, and according to the Department of Human Services, did not follow state regulations in providing […]

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 […]