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The Adoption Process: Timeline

The Adoption Process: Timeline

A general overview of how long it takes to adopt, what you need to do at each step, and when you’ll incur expenses. ...

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Adopting a Child as a Foster Parent

Adopting a Child as a Foster Parent

Perhaps, your path to adopting a child involves becoming a foster parent first. The risks, rewards, and responsibilities caring children in the U.S. foster care system. ...

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Personal Story: “Older Children from Foster Care Were Right for Us”

Personal Story: “Older Children from Foster Care Were Right for Us”

Waiting children have difficult histories. They are not blank slates. But, like all children, they need permanent families. ...

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Adoption Cost Breakdowns

Adoption Cost Breakdowns

Adoption cost estimates — by category — plus information on federal adoption tax credits that often offset the costs, various fees, and more. ...

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How to Choose Your Adoption Agency

How to Choose Your Adoption Agency

Avoiding headaches and heartaches during the adoption process begins with choosing the right adoption agency. ...

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32 Questions to Ask Before Choosing an Adoption Agency

32 Questions to Ask Before Choosing an Adoption Agency

Choose the right adoption agency for your growing family by asking these questions about costs, placement, domestic adoption and international programs, and more. ...

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Surviving (and Appreciating) the Homestudy

Surviving (and Appreciating) the Homestudy

Use the homestudy to learn all about adoption. An uncomfortable process for most adopting families, the benefits of a homestudy for all those concerned are immeasurable. ...

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12 Key Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Adoption Attorney

12 Key Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Adoption Attorney

Questions to ask about an adoption attorneys qualifications, fees, and the relationship you'll have during the course of the U.S. adoption process. ...

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Personal Story: “My Son Came Home Mourning the Loss of Loving Foster Parents”

Personal Story: “My Son Came Home Mourning the Loss of Loving Foster Parents”

When I adopted an older child, I was prepared to teach him what it means to have a family. Instead, I found myself with a little boy in deep mourning for the loss of his loving fo ...

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Personal Story: “Honoring My Ethiopian Daughters’ Heritage”

Personal Story: “Honoring My Ethiopian Daughters’ Heritage”

An adoptive mother finds her way, parenting two girls whose stories are distinctly different from most other African-American children they meet. ...

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