Orphanage Care

It is common for children who have been adopted (in particular at an older age and those adopted from institutional care) to display a developmental age different from their chronological age. A child’s chronological age is their age based on their date of birth. A child’s developmental age is the age at which they function

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Orphanage Care: When Your Child Comes Home

by Megan Montgomery It is impossible to offer a nurturing environment that meets the needs of each individual child within an orphanage. No orphanage is capable of providing the same quality of care as a family. With that said, each orphanage will be different. Orphanages have varying levels of financial support, staff dedication and additional

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Becoming a Multicultural Family

by Megan Montgomery Helping your adopted child connect with their birth culture pays dividends. When you choose to adopt internationally the odds are great that you are adding diversity to your family. With this choice you are also making the decision to accept, value and participate in another culture-–your child’s birth culture. A few helpful

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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

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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,

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A Meeting of the Open Minds

Two adoptive moms and a birth mother hold a round table discussion about open adoption, touching on the match, contact agreements, birth siblings, the philosophy that drives openness, and more. – While Barbara and Lori are both parenting in open adoptions, their situations vary in key ways. Their children are in different cognitive stages—Barbara’s daughter,

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Children Learn From Parents’ Messages

by Michele Fried The adoptive mother of a Caucasian little boy sent me a note recently, “The moment for me that really brought home the idea of “adoption as a melting pot” was when I was at the agency picnic and overheard two big tough dads– both Caucasian– discussing hair tips for their African American

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