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FAQ on Adoption Series: Adoption Hospital Plans

What is an Adoption Hospital Plan? The hospital plan is prepared by the birth parent and often with a social worker or attorney A hospital plan is a document that provides an outline of what to expect during the hospital stay for parties involved in an adoption...

FAQ on Adoption Series: Background Checks

Why can’t my FBI check results be shared with other adoption entities? When another adoption agency asks you to share your criminal history results obtained by your home study agency (the authorized agency), they are superseding the law.  This is called unauthorized...

Resources for Adoptive Parents in Missouri

Are you a potential adoptive parent starting the road to adoption? Or maybe you just recently adopted a child? Are you feeling overwhelmed by the information and the emotions that come with this process? Then trust that you are not alone. It is very common for...

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Tips on Sharing Your Adoption News

For many adoptive parents, the adoption process is something that they keep relatively quiet. They may only tell a couple of friends or family since it can be a long and emotionally exhausting process, depending on the individual circumstances. Who adoptive parents...

How Cooking Can Help Parents and Kids Bond

Usually cooking and kids don't go hand in hand. There are sharp knives, hot pans, and sometimes small kitchens that make it hard to have a group going all at once. But with summer on the horizon and BBQs, picnics, and many more poolside activities coming up (that all...

Online Resources for Adoptive and Foster Parents

At Adoption & Beyond, we are available to talk with you whenever you need us. We understand the immediate nature of adoption and that questions can arise all the time. Although we hope that you will come in and visit us (or call), we also know that making time for...

Honest and Touching Quotes from Adoptees

Adoption is a beautiful and challenging adventure, that affects birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees in different and profound ways. Adopted children who are now grown have incredibly varied experiences and reflect on their lives as adoptees in different...

Kids and Technology: How To Set Boundaries

Technology changes so quickly today; it can be hard to know when enough is enough. A half hour of TV was a common rule when 30-something parents were kids. What happens now when kids can leave the TV and go directly to a laptop, tablet or smartphone? Let’s look at...

Kids Activities in Kansas City: Winter Edition

Come rain, snow, or shine, parents still have to figure out what to do with their children on the weekends during the winter. And if kids stay in the house too long, they're sure to get stir-crazy. Here's our quick guide to activities for kids in Kansas City in the...

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