Coincidence or Divine Intervention

by Michele Fried Years ago, I wrote an article that stemmed from a family conversation about whether things are simply coincidence or fate. I interviewed several clients on the topic and ended up with so much more then I expected. In my field of work, it is one where miracles “seem” to happen. I simply have

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The Wait for Jenny

by Michele Fried When Cindy* and Tom* first came to Adoption S.T.A.R. they already had many adoption experiences. Unfortunately none of them were positive. Cindy and Tom first joined a local adoption support group where they met several couples that successfully adopted. They listened to the many stories and followed the advice of many new

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The Power of Words

by Michele Fried Those of you, who know me well, know I love quotes. I guess I am a quote collector if there is such a thing. I love quotes from famous people and from those known by just a few. I love words and the meanings they possess. I love how sometimes just a

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Miranda’s Truth

by Michele Fried Miranda called and we spoke at length. She explained that she was raising her two year old son, living with her mom and that she is pregnant again. She asked for an appointment and asked if it was okay if her mom came with her. A few days later Miranda and her

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Jessica* was the first…

*name has been changed by Michele Fried I’ll never forget that day in September. The agency was barely six months old and apparently my cell phone was ringing and ringing but some how I missed the calls. Apparently hours later, I noticed I missed several calls and went into a frenzy realizing that a local

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Eleanor

by Michele Fried Eleanor’s story begins and ends in Niagara Falls, New York. When Eleanor was born she went home with her birth parents, their first child. The newborn made her father very happy. He loved to hold her and smell her and talk to her. But taking care of Eleanor became too difficult for

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Congratulations to…. Me!

by Michele Fried I am a mother. Being a mother is the most important thing in my life. It is truly what brings me the most happiness. For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to be a “mommy”. I have been blessed many times with many wonderful children. I have been

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Adoption Will Change Your Life

by Michele Fried We are talking on the telephone when my friend casually mentions that she and her husband are planning on adopting. “We’re just beginning the adoption process,” she says. “Any advice?” she asks. “Adoption will change your life.” I simply say. “I know,” she says, “The home study process, waiting for the right

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