Options for Biological Parents Whose Children Are in Foster Care
There are three options for the biological parents of children in the foster care system. Family Reunification: In most foster care situations, the child is placed for his or her safety, while the parents work on establishing safer environments, home lives and parenting skills. Usually, there...
The Beginner's Guide to Adoption
INTRODUCTION "We can't have children of our own, and we're thinking about adopting a child. We feel really nervous about what we've heard about adoption and adopted kids. Would we love an adopted child as much as a child we produce? If we decide to adopt, we have no idea how to find a... 10 Things to Know Before You Remarry
I'll never forget it. Elizabeth Einstein, a well-respected stepfamily author and trainer, stunned a group of ministers when she told us to make remarriage difficult for couples in our churches (1). She wasn't implying that remarriage is wrong, but was simply suggesting that remarriage-particularly... Infant Safe Haven Laws- Missouri
Infant's Age Statute: § 210.950 No more than 30 days old Who May Relinquish the Infant Statute: § 210.950 Biological parent Person acting on the parent's behalf Who May Receive the Infant Statute: § 210.950 Staff of any hospital Firefighter or emergency medical technician Law enforcement...
After Finding the Name
November 7, 2013, 9:14 am
In the days before computers, all non-identifying information was typewritten. Identifying information was blacked out with marker and for extra measure, a layer of 'white-out', used to correct typewriter errors, was brushed over top of that. But my paperwork had been managed incorrectly. In... Again and Again I say, "Prepare!"
September 30, 2013, 8:48 pm
The most important first step in beginning a search for birth parents is easier said than done. To skip it, however, could make all the difference in your outcome reaction. The importance of being emotionally strengthened and prepared cannot be overemphasized. Search and Reunion Issues , written... TRA Gratitude Project 2013: Days 1 and 2
November 2, 2013, 8:31 pm
Ok, it's November. For those of us who live in the U.S., it is the month where we take a day to celebrate Thanksgiving. Now, aside from the slightly warped way that this holiday came about (that's material for a blog post of different kind), I've decided to embrace the "good" of this holiday --...
Don't Assume the Worst
In 1967, Marcelle and Ken began dating. In June of 1968, Marcelle became pregnant. She did not live in an ideal environment in which to raise a child. She struggled with the decision of what she... Encouragement and Caution
I am a 55-year-old adoptee with an amazingly short and fully successful story about my search for my birth parents. Very few adoptees have ever been able to so quickly locate their families with such... The Beauty of DNA Testing
Here is our story. Our mother was born in 1926 was adopted from NYC. Her biological mother worked at the hospital to care for her until she was 11 months old and adopted. Mom did receive the letter...