(Taken from the Adoption Glossary)
Institutionalization: The short-term or long-term placement of children in institutions, such as hospitals, group homes or orphanages. Placement in institutions during early critical developmental periods, and for lengthy periods of time, is often associated with developmental delays due to... [more
Making the Connection
A five-year-old Russian born adoptee becomes a frozen statue when his parents open a bottle, be it water or beer. A Russian born 6 year old, adopted for close to a year finally asked, with a terrified look on his face"are you drinking vodka?" It was bottled water! Another 8-year-old Russian born... The Misguided Call for Orphanages
In the last six months the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) took custody of more than 4,000 children, bringing to 37,000 the number of children in foster care, up from 8,000 in 1986. One of the most appalling "solutions" to this crisis has been an offer to use Chicago... Pros & Cons of International Adoption
International adoption offers many advantages and a few disadvantages. While you are pondering whether or not international adoption is the right way to build your family, consider the following. (Keep in mind that perceived advantages and disadvantages are in the mind of the beholder!) ... Foster Care Manual: Mission Statement
This information has been excerpted from materials specific to one state. Be sure to check with your Foster Care Specialist for details in your state, county, or province. The purpose of this agency is to avoid needless institutionalization of children and adults by providing supportive, community...
Neuro Reorg: Hope for the Hopeless
April 11, 2011, 10:21 am
Hopeless. Thatís how it felt. Nothing we did made a big enough difference. My dream of becoming a mother was fading fast. We spent so many years preparing to be parents. Then it took two years to finalize our adoption. Our son was nearly 10 years old when we adopted him from Kazakhstan. The... Get Yourself Ready For Hague Compliance
August 23, 2007, 6:39 am
You may remember that, back in June, I asked you if you knew whether your adoption agency was Hague compliant . Now, I've got a follow-up question: Are you ready for Hague?
The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption mandates that prospective parents have 10 hours of training in adoption... Who's the New Girl?
February 17, 2009, 11:33 pm
Hi! I'm Robyn, mom to Jack via private, domestic, US adoption. I'm happy to be making my Adoption Blogs debut!
I chose adoption as a way to build a family when I was 13. At that time, Ceauşescu had been deposed in Romania, and the plight of the Romanian orphans became public. I decided I...