(Taken from the Adoption Glossary)
Legal Risk Adoptions: This term refers to an adoption program that is only available in some states, where prospective adoptive parents are allowed to become foster parents to children before they become legally available for adoption. If the parental rights of the biological parents of these... [more
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...
Adopting a Waiting Child: Step by Step
For the purpose of this article, the term "waiting child" refers to a child in the care of U.S. public welfare and foster care programs for whom adoption is a permanency option. The steps to adopting a waiting child in the U.S. foster care system are similar to those in private agency and... How to Adopt
The information below provides an overview of the steps involved in adopting a child from the United States foster care system. To request more information about other types of adoption or a list of local resources, send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know the information you need.... Once you have been “matched”
Matching means that a social worker has selected you as a potential family for a waiting child. This is the point where you get detailed information on the child, and make your decision as to whether or not the child is a good “match” for your family. Be prepared to say no You are...
Mommy and Daddy Time Out
March 29, 2012, 4:09 am
We got a call the other day to provide respite care for a little girl in a legal risk placement. It was actually a call to be on standby and the respite care wasn't needed after all. It got my wheels turning. I think most parents in legal risk situations are afraid to ask for help. I was so... Transitions
May 14, 2011, 3:07 am
I was speaking to a friend about her recent legal risk placement. Transitions can be so tough, both on the child and the new family. No matter how much empathy you have for that grieving child, it also hurts our mommy heart. When you have prayed for and waited for a child, it hurts a little to... Affording Another Child or Children
March 8, 2012, 11:42 am
Some time ago, I got a note on a blog post from a family considering the legal risk placement of a sibling group of four. She wondered how on earth we "make ends meet." Do my husband and I both work or are we independently wealthy? Well, neither, and my hubby earns a median income.