Adoptions Statistics

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Here are some adoptions statistics: 62 percent of children adopted privately are placed with the adoptive family when they are newborns or less than one year old. 100 % of all birth mothers have the right to choose the amount of openness they want in their child’s life. 21 percent of private adoptions are transracial. Today, 99 percent of adopted … Read More

What is Family Court like?

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I get asked all the time what family court is like? Does it feel like a criminal court? Can I plead the fifth? Guilty or not guilty? Family court in Kentucky is different than other courts and uses a case management system. It’s focused on one family, one judge, and one court. According to Ky.gov, “Family Court is involved in … Read More

The Shared Parenting Myth

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Does open adoption mean shared parenthood? No. Legally, there is only one formal set of parents—the adoptive parents—with the right to make decisions for their child. But the matter goes far beyond legalities. If the birthparents wanted to be parents, they would have chosen to raise the child especially since adoption is so much more difficult than the other alternatives. … Read More

Open Adoption – Pros and Cons

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I was recently asked what “open adoption” was. Essentially it is an adoption where the birth parents remain involved in the children’s lives. Closed adoptions on the other hand mean the birth parents know nothing about the adoptive parents and have no contact after the birth. Here is a good article from ABC News that describes the pros and cons. … Read More

The Truth About Domestic Adoption

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An adoptive mother dispels common myths about domestic adoption. by Eliza Newlin Carney When Katie and Jeffrey Davis set out to adopt a baby domestically, everyone close to the couple assumed they were in for an excruciatingly long wait. As it turned out, the Davises, who live in Baltimore, Maryland, were matched with a birth mother less than a month … Read More

5 Things to Know (and Do) Before You Adopt

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This article was originally published on Adoption.NET by Executive Writer Kathy Brodsky. It has some very useful information, tips, and common vocabulary that you should know when you are considering adoption. The original article can be found here: http://bit.ly/1nzlKSU   Choosing to adopt is a big and exciting decision. You most likely have a medical vocabulary and are knowledgeable of fertility treatments. … Read More