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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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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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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Our Home Study is Done – Now What?

by Kathy Crissey, MS, LMHC The home study is done and our profile book is in to the agency – now what? The adoption journey is often one that can seem overwhelming at the beginning and full of things to do. Paperwork, paperwork, and more paperwork. Classes, educational credits, meeting with the social worker and

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A Unique Relationship

by Kathy Crissey, MS, LMHC Adoption STAR’s Director of Adoption Kathy Crissey suggests some important considerations for relationship development between prospective adoptive parents and birth parents prior to a potential placement. There may be an opportunity for a relationship to develop between a birth parent(s) and adoptive parent(s) prior to the birth of a child.

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