Lighthouse Thoughts

June 21, 2017

You Have to be Rich to Adopt

There are many reasons why families don’t pursue an adoption. The ones we hear most often are that “we can’t afford to adopt” or that you “have to be rich to adopt.” You don’t have to be rich to adopt, nor do you have to have copious amounts of money in savings. All that is […]

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June 18, 2017

An Adopted Father is Many Things

Poet Jane Murphy says that “An Adopted Father…is many things.”   He “drives a truck, works on Wall Street, or supervises a factory. “He is black, white, or yellow and has an Italian, Greek, Irish, or Polish name.” “He is often forgotten, overlooked, never written about, or seldom praised, and yet…without him, where would our children […]

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June 15, 2017

I Wished for You: A Keepsake Adoption Journal

  “Every child, every family’s story is unique… and now every story can be told. This beautifully designed keepsake journal captures all of the emotions, history, hopes, dreams, and surprises that each adoption journey entails through guided prompts that encourage parents to enjoy and reflect on their own experience. Created specifically for adoptive parents, I Wished […]

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June 12, 2017

An Adopted Child’s Advantages in a Semi-Open Adoption

Each child’s experience with semi-open adoption will vary.  These variables include the degree of openness, the ability to maintain communication, and the willingness of the adult parties to honor their commitments, to name a few. Advantages that a semi-open adoption may provide to an adopted child may include: Communication with birth families No birth parent/family […]

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June 7, 2017

8 Warning Signs That Your Child Is Under Too Much Stress

Nightmares, trouble concentrating, anger issues, etc.; these can all be signs that your child is under too much stress.  Be aware of these symptoms especially if you suspect anxiety is a problem.  

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June 5, 2017

The Execution of Consents

The process which allows Beacon House to place a child with approved adoptive parents is called an Execution of Consents. You may also here it called a termination of parental rights, a revocation, a surrender, relinquishment, etc. The agency will make the arrangements for the birth mother to sign the execution of consents at the […]

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May 31, 2017

Is your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Teachers say the top readiness skills for kindergarten are: Enthusiasm Toward Learning Solid Oral-Language Skills The Ability to Listen The Desire to Be Independent The Ability to Play Well with Others Strong Fine-Motor Skills Basic Letter and Number Recognition Enthusiasm Toward Learning Five teachers tell you what preschoolers really need for next year.

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May 30, 2017

Your Adoption Profile Book

As part of the adoption matching process, you will be asked to create a personal profile in the form of a Profile Book. This is the tool that is used to provide birthparents your information in a non-identifying way. The Profile Book is a picture book with snapshots, and important personal information about the adoptive […]

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May 25, 2017

The Effects of Ballet Classes Schools Don’t Tell You

A parent once asked me, “Why do you spend so much money and time for your daughter’s ballet classes and rehearsals so that she goes on stage once a year?” This is what I answered:

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May 24, 2017

The 3 Types of Domestic Adoption

Open Adoption  Involves sharing of identifying information between the Adoptive Parents & Birth Mother. It may include addresses, phone numbers, emails, surnames, Facebook, etc. In some cases, both parties have on-going communication throughout the child’s life. Closed Adoption Neither party shares any identifying information about themselves and do not communicate with each other, before or […]

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