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Is Adoption Right For Me? 10 Questions to Ask Yourself

Becoming an adoptive parent is a life changing decision. Much work is required before you sign the adoption papers and a lifetime of work waits for you after bringing your adoptive child home. While adopting a child can bring immense rewards and joy, it can also bring many challenges. Here are 10 questions to ask when deciding if you’re truly ready for this important life change. Prepare yourself for success as...
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Arianna, Age 20, Arizona

I was 20 when I found out I was pregnant. Emotionally, financially, and mentally unstable. Just in a really difficult time in my life. I didn’t find out until I was almost 4 months.  I knew I was pregnant, but I didn’t want to face it and I thought ignoring it would make it go away. Obviously that wasn’t the case. The father was non existent. We were seeing each other, but it was nothing official un...
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Who Decides Who Will Adopt My Baby?

Read more about the author here. Who decides which family adopts the child? You decide which family will adopt your baby!  You don’t have to be sure whether you want to put your baby up for adoption – but you can get the process started, which will likely help you decide whether putting your baby up for adoption will work for you.  Here are the steps to choosing a family: We will collect information from you, g...
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Ashley, Age 21, California

I’ve dealt with many things in my life – both good and bad – but nothing that compared to one amazing and surprising experience that I will never forget:  I learned that I was pregnant on the day I was due to deliver the most beautiful baby girl. During August and September, I felt sick, like I had food poisoning.  I went to the doctor and told her my symptoms.  When she first mentioned pregnancy, I denie...
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Adoption Advice: My Daughter is Pregnant

The content of this article is based almost entirely on the advice and experience of parents whose daughters worked with our firm to create an adoption plan.  Some of these women ultimately chose to parent their child.  Of course, one short article will not answer all of your questions; therefore, we invite you to contact our office anytime for free, confidential information.  We work with women and families across t...
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9 Things to Ask When Choosing Parents in Your Baby’s Adoption

Choosing adoption for your soon-to-arrive newborn is a major decision, but it’s only the start of your adoption journey. The next crucial step is selecting the adopting family, and, in many ways, this decision can be the most stressful of all. However, you can ask potential adopting families several questions to learn more about them and to ease the selection process. Here are 9 important questions to ask when first ...
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Should I Keep My Baby?

If you’ve found this blog post, you’re likely pregnant, the pregnancy wasn’t planned, and you might be asking yourself “Should I keep my baby?”  We’ve worked with many women over the years who have considered adoption. For some women, adoption is the right choice, while other women will choose to parent.  This article addresses some of the things you should consider if you’re pregnant and asking yourself if you shoul...
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Megan Cohen Age 21

Why I Put My Baby Up for Adoption

My name is Megan Cohen, and this is my story: why I put my baby up for adoption.  I’m an adoption attorney but long before that I identified as a birth mother.  My son was born and adopted in 1988.  If you are pregnant and unsure what to do, I have been there and I can help. I put my baby up for adoption because I was overwhelmed. I had cancer as a teenager, and my doctors told me I couldn’t have kids.  S...
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Meaning of “Alleged Father” and Why It Matters

What is an alleged father? In California, we use the term “alleged father” to describe a man who claims to be the biological father of a child, born to a woman whom the man is not married to at the time of birth.  Other states may call this father a “putative father.” It’s important to know the status of a particular father because different types of fathers have different legal rights. ...
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Prenatal Care in Adoption

Prenatal Care and Adoption If you’re considering giving your baby up for adoption, prenatal care is really important.  You want to know everything possible about the health of your baby so that you can pass this information along to the adopting parents.  This information is helpful for the care of your child throughout his or her life.  You also want to make sure you are choosing a family who is open to the medical ...
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