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Best Practices When Working with Prospective Birth Parents

Best Practices When Working with Prospective Birth Parents

An expectant mother who's considering adoption should have certain rights, including access to counseling, her own legal representation, the right to choose the family, and to cha ...

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Questions to Ask a Potential Birth Mother

Questions to Ask a Potential Birth Mother

When meeting a birth mother for the first time, here are some questions to ask — and some to avoid — along with insight as to what she's thinking. ...

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The Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children

The Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children

An attorney explains the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC), the law that applies to children placed for adoption across state lines. ...

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Personal Story: “Adopting on Short Notice, with a Little Help from My Friends”

Personal Story: “Adopting on Short Notice, with a Little Help from My Friends”

When I had to fly to adopt a newborn on less than a day's notice, it was my Bunko buddies, unexpected friends from my neighborhood, who helped me prepare. ...

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Personal Story: “Getting to Know Our Daughter’s Birth Mother”

Personal Story: “Getting to Know Our Daughter’s Birth Mother”

Getting to know our daughter's birth mother was a tremendous blessing. ...

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Birth Father Legal Rights in Domestic Adoption

Birth Father Legal Rights in Domestic Adoption

The legal rights of birth fathers are one of the most complicated areas of adoption law, and each state has its own laws. An adoption attorney explains the basics. ...

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Families Share: “On Loving Our Child’s Birth Mother”

Families Share: “On Loving Our Child’s Birth Mother”

Two moms who took different paths to adoption open their hearts to their children’s birth mothers. ...

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On the Outside, Looking In: An Adult Transracial Adoptee Perspective

On the Outside, Looking In: An Adult Transracial Adoptee Perspective

An interview with Phil Bertelson, award-winning filmmaker of Outside Looking In, and transracial adoptee. ...

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