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Drugged and Raped

We’ve noticed a disturbing increase in calls from women who’ve been drugged and raped. A woman won’t always know that she has been a victim of this type of assault. She might wake up and have no memory or physical symptoms. Not realizing they’ve been victimized, some women are discovering they’re pregnant during the sixth month of pregnancy or later. Most of these drugs are tasteless and odorless and diss...
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Birth Mother Resources

There are a few organizations in the United States that provide resources to birth mothers.  Many birth parents feel incredibly isolated during both the adoption process and grieving processes.  The following groups provide a variety of services which can help women connect with other birth parents and find the support they need.  If you learn of other resources we’d love to hear from you so we can add them to ...
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Give My Baby Up for Adoption is Outdated Language

I wrote this article with the goal of educating my readers on the changing language of adoption.  This article explains why we no longer say “give my baby up for adoption.”  My hope is that after reading this article, my readers will be inspired to drop the giving up language and embrace the language of hope and proactive planning. I didn’t give my baby up, I gave him the best.  Adoption has changed a lot...
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5 Reasons Why We Differ From The Independent Adoption Center (IAC)

The Independent Adoption Center (IAC) abruptly closed its doors on January 31, 2017 and declared bankruptcy.  The IAC walked away from hundreds of adoption cases in various stages.  Their reasons for closure seem pretty clear–the adoptive parents waiting to adopt far outnumbered the women who were making adoption plans. Here are five reasons why our office is different from the IAC: Reason #1: The Independent A...
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Adoption Questions: Medical Insurance for Expectant Mother

If you don’t have medical insurance to cover the pregnancy, labor and delivery, don’t worry!  You still have options when looking for medical insurance.  Prenatal care is important, and we are happy to help you find the right coverage.  Adopting parents will cover your out of pocket costs for co-pays and deductibles.  Here’s how it works. Affordable Health Care Act With the affordable care act medic...
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Giving a Baby Up For Adoption is Not Giving Up!

Giving a Baby up for Adoption is NOT Giving Up! Many people use the phrase “give a baby up for adoption”; however this choice really is not really “giving up.”  Adoption is an emotional roller coaster, and this article focuses on some of the emotions you may experience as you make an adoption plan and move forward with an adoption.  Making an Adoption Plan Can Be a Relief Setting out on the adoption journey can be st...
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Adoption Questions: What if I Use Drugs and Alcohol During Pregnancy?

When the adoptive family knows your child’s medical history, they can make better decisions to support your child. When you’re pregnant and considering adoption as an option for your baby, you likely have a lot of adoption questions. Some of the answers will come as you create your adoption plan. You may have questions that are specific to your circumstances, such as if you have used drugs and alcohol dur...
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My Daughter Is Pregnant: How Parents React to Adoption

When you’re pregnant and considering adoption, you’re thinking about your future and the future of your child. However, there are others to consider as well. At some point during your pregnancy, you’ll likely let your own parents know about your choice to pursue adoption. How will your mother react when she learns that her daughter is pregnant? Surprise and Fear Telling your parents that you’r...
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Expert Interview Series: Betsy Hochberg with Adoption Resources About Adoption Process Myths

There are plenty of myths and misconceptions surrounding the adoption process – for both the birth parents and the adoptive parents. To help separate the rumors from the realities, we checked in with Betsy Hochberg, a licensed social worker and director of adoption resources at JF&CS Boston. Here, she offers her insight on how to navigate making this life-changing decision. Read on: What are the biggest myt...
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Adoption Questions about Drug Use During Pregnancy

All medications should be doctor-approved. Adoption Questions about Drugs, Alcohol When adoption questions about drug and alcohol use come up, if a birth mother has used any of these substances, she will often feel too uncomfortable to admit it. She might worry that knowing this history, no adoptive family will want the baby, but this is not the case at all. Adoptive parents and their plans and desires vary just as m...
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