Adoption Trauma

Adoption Trauma

No matter how a child is adopted into your family, there will always be trauma. From infant adoptions to foster care adoptions to international adoptions, there is always trauma involved. A common misconception is that your child can avoid trauma if adopted at birth,...
What Is An Adoptive Home Study Anyway?

What Is An Adoptive Home Study Anyway?

What’s an adoptive home study? What does it entail? What do you need to do, and how do you survive the process? I often tell families that the home study process is intrusive, but everyone has to go through it if they want to adopt a child. It’s not anything unique to...
How to Survive a Failed Adoption

How to Survive a Failed Adoption

Sometimes adoptions don’t always go through as expected. There are times, even when working closely with the expecting mother, that the mother will change her mind and want to keep the baby. This is what we call a failed adoption. Don’t look at it as your failure to...
Why Expecting Moms Choose Adoption

Why Expecting Moms Choose Adoption

In previous posts, I have acknowledged the big decision it is for a family to decide to adopt. This week, I’d like to acknowledge the even bigger decision an expecting mom makes to place her child for adoption.. Some negative thoughts are floating around about what...
Medical Leave for Adoption

Medical Leave for Adoption

Whether you are new here or have been following Adoption & Beyond for a while, you know the adoption process can be lengthy and complicated. We here at Adoption & Beyond believe the more you know, the smoother the process will be. This week, we answer a big...
Unsolicited Adoption Advice

Unsolicited Adoption Advice

Adoption is not just a huge, life altering decision you make in private, it’s a very public decision that attracts a lot of unsolicited advice. Unfortunately, these awkward conversations are not avoidable. Adoption is special. With most things that are special,...
Out of State Adoptions

Out of State Adoptions

It’s important to note that when you’re adopting a child out of state, you’re going to have to spend time within that other state before you’re able to bring your child back home. Today’s post will dive into adopting a child out of state and...
5 Things People Might Not Tell You When Adopting

5 Things People Might Not Tell You When Adopting

Adopting a child is an exciting time for any family. There’s so much preparation that goes into the process leading up to adoption and in the beginning stages of parenthood. This includes making sure your home is prepared for adding a new member to your household,...
6 Steps to Help You Choose Your Adoption Preferences

6 Steps to Help You Choose Your Adoption Preferences

In today’s post, we’re discussing adoption preferences, in other words, the preferences you have when choosing a child you’re hoping to adopt. Once you enter the adoption process, you and your partner will have to decide what you could or could not accept in the child...
Living Expenses

Living Expenses

In the adoption process, living expenses are things that are legally allowed to be paid to an expecting mom while she’s pregnant, and oftentimes up to six weeks afterwards, to help her get back on her feet after she’s made an adoption plan. This timeframe...

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