Lighthouse Thoughts

March 22, 2017

Meeting the Needs of Birthmothers

At Beacon House we have a responsibility to our Birthmothers to provide the highest quality of care. The care and support that Beacon House’s birthmothers receive during the domestic adoption process is what makes our program successful. Here are a few links that explain some of many ways that we work with our birthmothers. Unplanned […]

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Young Pregnant Birth Mother
March 21, 2017

Agency Fees

In general, adoption agency fees cover the cost of doing business. They include but are not limited to; rent, utilities, office supplies, employee salaries, insurance non-profit donations, marketing and advertising, web-site, collecting and organizing data, maintaining records, maintaining licenses, professional training, participating in a adoption expos and workshops, and more. Beacon House’s agency fees are […]

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March 20, 2017

Why do We Need an Adoption Budget ?

An adoption budget is a necessary part of the adoption process. It allows us to match adoptive parents with a birthmother whose needs don’t exceed their financial means. Beacon House’s agency fees are set, they are do not change. Fees are structured so that families are paying a portion of the fees and expenses throughout their […]

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March 16, 2017

Recess and Attention Deficit Disorder

Recess and Attention Deficit Disorder I think many parents of kids with ADHD would agree that when it comes to outdoor play, less is not more. One Texas school agrees. “According to Today, the Eagle Mountain Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas, has been giving kindergarten and first-grade students two 15-minute recess breaks every morning and […]

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March 15, 2017

Requirements for Adoptive Families

Beacon House utilizes the most flexible criteria for accepting families into our adoption program, within the parameters of each state’s law.  Adoptive families are required to complete an adoption home study, in the state they reside in, as part of the adoption process. This approval will allow BHAS to place a child with the adoptive […]

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March 13, 2017

Advocacy for Teens that Struggle with ADHD

“I hear from so many worried parents about how their teen is struggling, hating school, not progressing, getting failing grades, developing bad attitudes, sustaining low self-esteem, and just seeming to not care as he/she just falls through cracks.  Their teen is so impacted with this invisible medical diagnosis called ADHD that he may not even […]

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March 9, 2017

Inconspicuous Families

When parents adopt a child of the same race, they retain a certain degree of anonymity. Unlike transracial adoptive families who become conspicuous families, these adoptive families do not share the same sense of urgency in addressing issues related to race and adoption. Being an inconspicuous family doesn’t mean that adoption issues are not important. […]

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March 8, 2017

Diapers: Cloth versus Disposable

 The average baby uses 8-10 diapers a day.  Each year, more than 18 billion diapers went into landfills in America. Cloth diapers are less expensive and reduce the amount of landfill waste. Cloth diapers have been making a comeback.  No more safety pins and plastic pants. Today’s diapers are easier to fit, have Velcro or […]

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March 6, 2017

The 2017 Adoption Tax Credit

If you are completing an adoption in 2017, you may quality for the Adoption Tax Credit. The Federal Adoption Tax Credit for 2017 is $13,570 for “qualified adoption expenses.”  According to the IRS, qualified adoption expenses may include: ·  Adoption fees ·  Attorney fees ·  Court costs ·  Travel expenses ·  Expenses directly related to the adoption For […]

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March 3, 2017

How to Get Your Baby to Sleep

We’ve all been there. “It’s exhausting enough taking care of a new baby all day. When your child also won’t sleep, that is exhausting and frustrating. How can you know what your baby wants or needs? And with all of the information out there on getting your child to sleep, and staying asleep, how do […]

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