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New Jersey Opens Sealed Birth Certificates In January 2017

New Jersey is the latest state to pass a law allowing adoptees access to their original birth certificate with their biological parents’ name. In addition, any medical history that has been sealed would also be released to the adoptee. This new law will take effect in January 2017. As in other states, birthparents wishing to […]

Adoptive Family Loses Home in Fire

A house fire in central Utah completely destroyed the home of an adoptive family. The fire began while the family was at church on Sunday. Fortunately, the home was empty. Unfortunately, the entire home was destroyed and is a total loss. The adoptive couple, Mike and Misty Stutz have adopted 16 children from the foster […]

Adoption Day Marathon

The month of November is known nationally as Adoption month. And this was a great week for adoption in Clark County, Nevada. In the Clark County Family Courthouse, courtrooms were busy. Dubbed Adoption Day Marathon, six courtrooms were busy making sure 3,500 children were given a permanent home. Many of these children being adopted had […]

Sibling group reunites after 54 years

In 1962, four children of the same family who had been living in the foster care system, were placed for adoption into separate homes. The age range of the children was 7 months to age 5. The story is sad. The family lived in extreme poverty. One day while their father was at work, their […]

Helping Children Prepare for an Adopted Sibling

Adoptive parents, that already have biological or adopted children and are adopting again, have a decision to make. When is the right time to tell your children that you have been selected or matched with a birthparent? It is a tricky situation and many parents find that they want to protect their children from possible […]

November National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month! Where and how did a national adoption month start? The idea came out of Massachusetts as an effort to gain adoptive parents for children in the foster care system. Governor Mike Dukakis, governor of Massachusetts in 1976, proclaimed a state adoption week and the idea spread across the country. During […]

The Evolution of Open Adoption

There was a time when adoption was a closely guarded secret. When a woman found herself pregnant and unmarried, she was often shamed and hidden from her social circles. Families of teenagers and women in their twenties would make arrangements for the birthmother to travel out of state to live with extended family members or […]

Missouri Family Adopts Three, Receives Angels in Adoption Award

Missouri Congressman, Jason Smith, nominated Kendall and Laurie Clarkston for the Angels in Adoption Award that was given on Tuesday evening. He told of the Clarkston’s genuine example and definition of giving your heart and soul to children who need a forever family. Both Kendall and Laurie work as physicians in Willow Springs, MO. They […]

Family of Eight Adopts Three Special Needs Children

The Shupe Family is very unusual, but in a very good way! Mr. & Mrs. Shupe, two school teachers, met and married. He had three children and she had three children, so they were immediately a family of eight! Five years later, they began thinking about adopting a special needs child from another country and […]