(Taken from the Adoption Glossary)
Co-Parenting: When used in the context of adoption, this term can have the following meanings:
1. A long-term, formal or informal, agreement or plan to help provide the necessary support and resources to meet the needs of children. This generally applies to arrangements where extra caregivers... [more
Interview with a Prospective Adoptive Mom
Karen and her husband, Paul, are seven months into the adoption process. They wish to have an ongoing contact with their child's birthparents. Karen offers her thoughts on various adoption issues, and valuable insight about her journey as an adoptive mother-to-be. First off, please tell us...
Helpful Adoption Terms to Know
Helpful Adoption Terms to Know (1/00) Abandonment Desertion of a child by a parent or adult primary care giver with no provisions for continued childcare nor with any apparent intention to return to resume caregiving. Abuse and Neglect Physical, sexual and/or emotional maltreatment. Child... Open Adoption | Guest Expert Chat
with Guest Expert Toni Williams , manager of minority adoption programs at Spence-Chapin Openness & Adoption Studies indicate that open adoption is good for children and their families. The most extensive study to date of open adoptions has followed 720 people including adoptive... Marriage and Co-Parenting
Raising a child isn’t easy. Dedication, patience, and love are all required to be an effective parent to your child. If you’re married, planning to marry, or co-parenting, you’ll find that teamwork, common respect, and mutual support are also required to provide your child with a...
Let's Be Honest - Share Your Fears
March 8, 2012, 8:55 am
Last month I posted a blog titled "What are you afraid of?" It discussed fears and how communicating these fears of adoptive parents and birthmothers is the key to building a trusting and successful relationship. My son's adoptive mother and I often shared our fears openly and I attribute the... What Open Adoption Is (and What It Is Not)
March 17, 2010, 6:51 pm
If you are a hopeful adoptive parent just beginning the adoption process, you’ve probably heard of open adoption, but you might not know exactly what it is, and you might not be sure how you feel about it.
Open adoption, quite simply, involves maintaining contact between the adoptive family... Choosing Child Care: Quality Programs – Programmatic Concerns
November 23, 2008, 12:41 am
Part three of our Choosing Quality Child Care series will discuss how to assess the program portion of the child care setting:
Contracts: Is there a contract that clearly spells out policies, procedures, fees, and expectations?
Predictable routines: Not a rigid schedule (0800 report for...