Lighthouse Thoughts

October 10, 2014

Employee Adoption Benefits

What some people may not know about is Employee Benefits Programs.  Many employers offer some form of adoption benefits to their employees, these benefits may include:  •Direct reimbursement in the range of $2,000 to $10,000 upon actual placement (usually a flat amount designated for specific adoption expenses)•Paid leave, in addition to or including vacation time, […]

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October 6, 2014

Proper Preparation Makes for a Fun-Filled, Safe Halloween

Halloween can be a scary, exiting holiday for kids but imaginations may run wild with visions of ghost and goblins dancing in their heads. Prepare children in advance, especially first time celebrants or children who have a tendency towards anxiety or sleep issues. Teach children what is real versus pretend.  Start slow and follow your […]

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September 28, 2014

The Day My Son Gave Up on Me

When my daughter was about five,  I remember a day she was clearly frustrated with the amount of time Mommy was spending on the computer.  As parents, we all have bad Mommy moments; when there a are not enough hours in the day to finish all our tasks.  How we respond to our children during […]

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September 26, 2014

Easy to Love but Hard to Raise

   Easy to Love but Hard to Raise: Real Parents, Challenging Kids, True Stories. is an anthology of personal essays written by parents of children with ADD, ADHD, OCD, PDD, ASDS, SPD, PBD and/or other alphabet soup diagnoses that takes the already difficult job of parenting and adds to the challenge. These essays focus on honest feelings […]

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September 23, 2014

The Adoption Homestudy

An Adoption Homestudy is an important, step of adoption. It is a required, detailed written report of your family compiled, and prepared by a social worker.  Everyone who wishes to adopt must complete an adoption homestudy, regardless of what type of adoption they are doing. The homestudy process requires the prospective adoptive family to gather […]

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September 19, 2014

Stress Reduction

   Infertility, adoption, finances, these are all areas that can produce stress, but any form of physical activity can help you unwind and can become an important part of your approach to easing stress. A regular exercise routine not only helps mange stress but it can also help you get ready to carry around your […]

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September 16, 2014

5 Common Myths about Domestic Adoption

Myth- It takes years to complete a domestic adoption.Reality- The average time frame to complete a Domestic Adoption is 1-2 years. Myth- Women who place children for adoption, have abandoned their child, and do so, due to selfish reasons.  Reality-Most Birthmother’s choose adoption because they want, what they believe, is the best thing for there […]

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September 9, 2014

How Long Does It Take to Adopt Domestically?

Chances are that if you have started discussing adoption with friends and family, you’ve already been told many tale tales, myths and lifetime movie plots.  The most common misconception about Domestic Adoption is the wait time.  Lay people often mistakenly believe that it takes years to adopt domestically.  Most are surprised to learn that most families […]

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September 6, 2014

Semi-Open Adoption and Birthparents

The degree of openness in a semi-open adoption is pre-determined and agreed upon by both the birthparents and adoptive parents. There are a number of advantages to semi-open adoption for Birthparents. Birthparents may have some degree of control, during the matching process. Birthparents are able to review a ProfileBook, and possibly interview prospective adoptive parents. […]

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September 5, 2014

Semi-Open Adoption and the Adoptive Parent.

With semi-open adoption there are a number of advantages for all members of the adoption tirade: birth parents, adoptive parents, and the adopted child.  For the adoptive parents, benefits may include access to background information on the child’s birth parents: social, educational, and health history. In semi-open adoption it may also be possible to maintain contact […]

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