Adoption: Special Needs

​ Unfortunately, being certain that adoption is right for you and being as prepared and qualified as possible will not ensure that you get a baby to adopt. Adopting an infant today isn't as easy as it used to be. In the first half of the 1900's there were more babies needing to be adopted than there were families to take them (Nickman et al., 2005, p. 987). That changed in the 1970's. Abortion was legalized, birth control became more available, and single parenting became more socially accept...
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Adoption: Building a Solid Foundation

Adoption touches most of our lives in some way. If you are not directly involved with adoption, most likely you know a neighbor, friend, or family member who is. 39% of Americans have "seriously or somewhat seriously" considered adopting. 64% have a family member or close friend who has been adopted, adopted a child, or placed a child for adoption (Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, 2002). Adoptive families have unique challenges. If they understand these challenges and learn...
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Beyond Yours, Mine, and Ours

  This is a delightful interview between Matt Townsend, who has a radio talk show, and Jeff and Tammy Hill.  The Hills were both widowed some years ago (see Coping With Juanita's Passing), and through fortuitous circumstances found each other, remarried, and merged their two families consisting of a total of 12 children.  Responding to Matt's questions and banter they describe the merger process, and indicate its difficulty and its rewards.  The interview is humorous, light, and inst...
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What Are the Blessings of Adoption?

By Jovanna M. My biological parents were drug addicts. They had a horrible addiction—something that controls, destroys, and tears apart. It controlled their actions. It destroyed our family. It tore us apart. Addiction is hard on everyone and anyone who comes in contact with it. It ruins everything. My biological parents were sick, they could not provide for their seven kids, let alone themselves. It truly was draining of life and morale. I believe that the only time they truly showed love fo...
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How do I Cope with Infertility?

By Krista T. My husband and I had been married about a year when we decided it was time to have a baby. It was all part of the plan I’d had had since I was a little girl. Imagine my surprise when the next step—the baby—didn’t come.  Since I have ten brothers and sisters, the idea that having children might not happen, never crossed my mind.  Years passed and it still didn’t happen. At first I was confused. Then frustrated. Then mad. Mad that I had kept my end of the bargain. I had been a ‘goo...
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