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  • A Guardian ad Litem is an representative appointed to act in the best interest of a child. They are there to make decisions based on what is best for the child. They are not their legal guardian and have no rights to the child other than to make a r…
  • Adopting in Canada is much like adopting in the US. They offer five types of adoption, from their welfare system, private adoption through an agency, internationally from another country, step-parent and kinship care. In domestic adoption, jus…
  • I am not familiar with Canadian adoptions in general but in my research I found that this site looked particular helpful for finding adoption records/siblings/parents/etc. https://adoptiondatabase.quickbase.com/db/7c2gsmqv?a=q&qid=82 I…
  • As stated above, once the birth parents have relinquished their rights, they do not have any rights to that child any longer. In short, they cannot go back on what has already be done. I know in our adoption experience and our state once the child i…
  • The adoption and safe families act was created to reduce the concerns that too many children were remaining in foster care for long periods of time and/or experiencing several different placements. This act changed the time requirement for permanenc…
  • Wow. Caroline is right, this question is super hard to answer. I am glad she discussed how you are not "giving up" your child but making a decision based on what you think is best for your child! For one, I am not in your shoes. In fact, no on…
  • Foster care is a temporary agreement where adults agree to care for minor children in their home when the child’s biological parent is unable to care for them. This could be for a variety of reasons. While the purpose behind foster care is temporary…
  •  Every adoption agency has to be licensed in the state in which you reside. I would suggest calling as many agencies as you have available to you and attending any information meetings they may offer. That way you can get a feel for how each of t…
  • Oh, how I know your pain of waiting to be matched. We waited six years to be matched with our son’s birth mom. I will start off my saying that he was worth the wait. I know that sounds cliché and I had someone tell me that while we were waiting t…
  • Unfortunately, there is no exact time frame. Just like every pregnancy is different, so is every adoption. Depending on how you plan on adopting will also depend on your timeframe. For a domestic adoption, the process can take anywhere from …
  • I don't know of a favorite quote but our son's biological mom gave us this poem and it is one of the most beautfiul things I have ever read!! LEGACY OF AN ADOPTED CHILD Once there were two women who never knew each other One you do not remembe…
  • We loved using Shutterfly for making books for our adopted child. They have several designs to choose from and they offer an adoption layout, or just a general baby book option that you can make personal. What I love most about Shutterfly is that yo…
  • There is a lot that goes into adopting a child, it actually is not as simple as it sound! But let's look at some things you can do to prepare yourself for that! Most pregnant women take a class-- not only on child birth but about the basics of tak…
  • First and foremost, take a deep breath, the home study process can seem very overwhelming at first. There will be days when you want to get it all done in a day and there will be days you just don't want to work on another piece of paper! First, m…
  • In order to claim the adoption tax credit you must have incurred qualified adoption expenses, including court costs, adoption fees, travel, and more in process of adopting a child 18 years and younger. Make sure to check with your accountant for the…
  • Hi Angela. I would be happy to answer your questions-- if you have others in mind than those you have answered, you can e-mail me at: [email protected] You can also visit my blog at www.threeismyhappyplace.com to see our open adoption experience! …
  • Adoption is not necessarily hard, but it certainly is time consuming and emotional.  We waited almost six years to be matched with our son’s birth mom. That waiting time was “hard.” The paperwork that lead up to the approval date wasn’t necessari…
  • I will first say that adoption is not right for everyone. It is a selfless kind of love, even for the adoptive parents. No matter why you found yourself wanting to pursue adoption, it is an emotional process. For my husband and I, we were un…
  • You found yourself wanting to adopt a child, but now what? My first recommendation is to find yourself an adoption agency.  If you are unsure where to go, you can always try a local church, they usually have information on local agencies. Or you c…
  • According to the IRS website: the adoption tax credit is a tax benefit for adoption which includes both a tax credit for qualified adoption expenses paid to adopt an eligible child and an exclusion from income for employer-provided adoption assis…
  • Our first step was to have a serious conversation with each other to make sure we both were willing and able to love a child we did not conceive. It was not an area of contention for us, but I know of other couple who one wanted to adopt and the …
  • This question is one of the reasons why I love having an open adoption so much. We have a very open adoption with our son’s birthmom, allowing for an open dialog about his birth parents. We know a lot about his birth mom and unfortunately, nothin…
  • There are a few different things that go into this answer. First is how fast/hard you are willing to work. There is a lot of paperwork that goes into becoming a licensed foster care provider. If you are diligent in getting the paperwork in and fo…
  • First of all, know you are not alone. If you haven’t gotten the strength to talk to anybody about this guilt, you at least have this community of people to turn to. But I would bet you that if you started to ask around you would be shocked at the…
  • Well first of all, congratulations for wanting to take the next step in growing your family through adoption!  First, you need an open mind and an open heart to welcome a child into your home. After you have processed all of that emotion, you wil…
  • Kinship care is essentially having a family member raise a child that is not biologically their child. This is usually a grandparent, aunt/uncle, sister or brother. Kinship foster care has occurred usually because the child(ren) was removed from…
  • Adoption centers can be found just about anywhere. Depending on where you live will depend on what centers and how many are available to you. If you are having a hard time locating an agency, a local church may also have information on adoption a…
  • Before the adoption is finalized a birth mother has the right to change her mind in regard to the adoption but after the termination of parental rights takes place, the birth mother has consented to waive all rights she has to that child.  It rea…
  • Adoption in general is hard but not impossible. One of the reasons people find it difficult to adopt from another country is because the process takes so long. Many countries have age restrictions for the adoptive parents, usually have to be at l…
  • The cost of adopting a child is going to depend on what form of adoption you are pursuing. Here are a few examples of the costs. The cost will also depend on your state’s requirements/costs.   Adopting a child in the domestic realm will cost …