Eighteen Years Later: An Adoption Story

by Michele Fried Our adoption journey was one filled with great ups and downs.  The first potential match fell through before it came to be when I surprised my husband at our celebration dinner at our favorite restaurant by saying I did not want to be matched with this pregnant woman.  Why?  I remember quite

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Going through the Adoption Process

by Michele Fried Many pregnant women considering adoption (expectant parents) wonder what the process is like for prospective adoptive parents. When prospective adoptive parents walk through the doors of Adoption STAR, just like our expectant parents, they first meet with an agency staff person to get to know each other. They also have paperwork to

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Choosing To Go To Holland

by Michele Fried “Welcome to Holland,” was written by Emily Pearl Kingsley many years ago in an effort to assist people who have learned the child they are parenting has a disability.  Though the poem focused on the topic of coming to view raising a child with a disability in a new light, the adapted

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Bonding and Adoptive Parenthood

by Michele Fried Bonding is an intense attachment that develops between parents and their baby. It makes parents shower their baby with love and affection. Scientists are fascinated by bonding and know that bonding is essential for babies. What is neat to learn is that an infant is ready to bond immediately. Parents, on the

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Surrogacy Decision Discussed

by Michele Fried I feel it is important to stay up to date on current topics in the news related to adoption and all related to it. Employees and clients of Adoption STAR often share articles with each other to keep abreast of these topics. I am sure you have seen us blog about many

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Muslim and Adoption

by Michele Fried Years ago I sat across a couple describing their desire to become parents and the losses they experienced in their attempt to have a child biologically. I watched as slowly the husband moved his hand to touch the hand of his wife while she tried to hold back tears. I remember being

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Susie’s Story

by Michele Fried Who would have guessed that the little girl in the yellow dress that I met on the day she turned two (not at my office) but in another state far away from the one my husband and I and three sons lived in, would one day understand that she has Down Syndrome

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Naming Your Baby

by Michele Fried My husband and I have never taken naming our children lightly. In fact sometimes I think we spent too many excruciating hours that we found ourselves on more than one occasion with babe in arms and no name! Our first was easily named and it carried great meaning and still does, Zachary

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Meeting Janice

by Michele Fried She was beautiful. She peered over her black framed lenses as we entered the room. A magazine was opened on her lap and she quietly closed it to greet us. I remember thinking that she looked like a secretary in a hospital gown. She looked so well kept and fresh. Her dark

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