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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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Can a minor put a baby up for adoption?

Can a minor put a baby up for adoption without the consent of her parents? The answer is yes. If you are a teenager and are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, you aren’t alone.  In fact, 85% of teenage pregnancies are unplanned, and hundreds of thousands of teens get pregnant each year in the United States.  An unplanned pregnancy can be a very scary experience, and I’m sure you have a lot of questions....
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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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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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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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Adoption Questions: Will Child Protective Services Be Involved?

When you’re thinking about adoption, questions abound. What will your life be like with the child who is about to enter your family? How can you best support your child and your family through this transition? Depending on the circumstances of your adoption, you’ll need to turn to different support services, and in some cases Child Protective Services may be involved. What is Child Protective Services? Ch...
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Pregnant and Scared? Here’s What You Need to Know

Learning that you’re unexpectedly pregnant brings a wave of emotions, including denial and worry. It’s a moment that can also leave you feeling alone and scared. If you just found out you’re pregnant and you’re scared, remember that you aren’t alone.  Here’s what you need to know as you consider your options: Pregnant and scared to have an abortion Abortion is often the unspoken op...
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Processing Grief after Giving a Baby Up for Adoption

Sadness and grief are normal and you are not alone Processing grief after giving a baby up for adoption is frequently challenging.  Grief may come as a surprise to you.  It is unexpected because, after all, you put a great deal of thought into the adoption process beforehand.  You probably feel certain you are doing the right thing.  So why are you feeling so sad?  Grief can come on at unexpected times.  Some women f...
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Reuniting With The Baby You Put Up For Adoption

Watch the adoption reunion scene from This Is Us.  So, you have made a decision to reunite with the baby you put up for adoption, and you know how to reach your birth child. It’s a brave step, and very emotionally charged. We know, we’ve been there. So, how do you prepare? What Do You Want From the First Meeting? Reflect on your own thoughts and needs, and those of the child you put up for adoption.  And ...
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