Waiting Child Adoption from China

by Megan Montgomery The China adoption program has been placing children with additional needs and older children with interested families for a number of years. This path to adoption from China has often been called Waiting Child adoption or Special Needs adoption. Over the last couple of years, this process has evolved significantly. Today, families considering adopting a waiting child (a child who is older or has known medical needs) from China have multiple options when adopting a waiting child. The more traditional path includes registering with an agency, submitting the dossier, and then being matched through the agency with a child who is waiting. A second option is for

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Thoughts on Re-homing from an Adoption Professional

by Megan Montgomery The media has recently been covering the topic of “re-homing.”  Re-homing occurs when an adoptive family locates someone else to take in and care for their child without checking into the new family’s history, completing background checks, or involving their adoption agency or other legal entities in the change of custody.  Interestingly, the term “re-homing” is not familiar to many within the adoption community. I think most people felt speechless when they first read the articles. How could anyone leave a child with a complete stranger? What would possess someone to think this was the best option? Certainly, desperate people will do desperate things, but this seems

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Adoption and Religion: You don’t have to be a believer to deepen our understanding of family

by Michele Fried Many people don’t know this but I minored in the philosophy of religions and continue to be fascinated by the differences yet incredible similarities within many religions. What I am most fascinated about is that "adoption" has deep roots within religion. As an example, I have outlined different religious perspectives regarding the topic of adoption. As someone who is currently unaffiliated with a church or synagogue or mosque, I am hoping you won’t mind the "academic discussion" of how various religions have taught us about adoption. In Christianity, we become, by adoption, children of God. The lineage of Jesus is fulfilled through Joseph. Joseph is fully and

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Considering Adoption

Why adopt? To parent a child who needs a home brings much joy and meaning to everyone involved; it is one of the most important, far-reaching decisions an individual or couple will ever make. Some parents immediately know that they were meant to form a family via adoption, while other parents are more comfortable weighing options and gathering information before committing to the process. Adoption research makes for fully informed parents, and adoption preparation helps parents form realistic expectations. All parenting is a leap of faith, however, and at some point of readiness prospective parents simply open their hearts and take the plunge… Dealing with Infertility A large number of

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