Papers, pen and eye glasses

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Can you really put a price on your personal happiness?  But of course not.  So,  if you’re considering  of adopting a child,  money is likely the last thing on your mind.  But the fact is,  legal adoption can carry a significant price tag.

In the past, adoption was a dream that would never come true for many, simply because they couldn’t afford to pay the associated expenses.  Becoming a parent was a luxury that only the rich and famous could pay for.  In order to curb this “money can buy me love” trend, the government created certain acts to keep the adoption procedure at a more affordable level.  Of these acts, however, the Adoption Tax Credit has made a particular impact on the lives of thousands of new families. Read more . . .

Pile of filing cabinets

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Everyone has the need, and the right, to find out their biological roots.  For an adoptive child, and the adoptive parents, searching for adoption records can be an emotional and a difficult  process.

Obtaining factual family data can involve many hurdles, and finding the details can be extremely difficult.  This does not mean, however, that there isn’t hope.  There are legal procedures that adopted children can take to find their biological parents, and proceedings to help biological parents find children that they’d placed for adoption.  The initial step to finding this historical information is to search adoption records. Read more . . .

Foster mom and child hugging

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You have a beautiful home,  a loving partner and a great job.  Life is just about perfect, but one very important part may feel missing.   If there is a void in your life, adopting a child may be the correct decision for you.

Adoption has gained popularity over the years, and today there are agencies and laws  in place that create a fairly smooth process.  If you’re certain about your decision to adopt, and are willing to work hard and follow the process, you can realize your dream of becoming a parent. Read more . . .

Children in an orphanage

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Traditionally, a typical family consisted of a dad and a mom. When a baby was adopted, agencies would not consider any situation that strayed from this so-called “normal” scenario.  Sadly, many children grew up without parents, and many loving adults remained childless.  Luckily, the circumstances has changed, and the days of single parents being denied adoption are behind us. Read more . . .

Protesters compose of gays and lesbians

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Ours is a generation of tolerance and acceptance.  Certain controversial “issues” of the past, like lesbian and gay adoption, are now understood and encouraged.  Today’s society recognizes that a person’s ability to care for a child, and not his or her sexual orientation, should determine parental rights.

Gay and lesbian adoption is certainly not a new idea.   Only in recent years has lesbian and gay adoption been a topic of debate.  Perhaps the only reason that it is now discussed so openly, is that the very subject of alternative  lifestyles has become an ordinary topic of discussion.  Gays and lesbians no longer feel obligated or compelled  to hide their lifestyles, and are free to hold the same legal considerations as heterosexual adoptive parents. Read more . . .