Lighthouse Thoughts

August 28, 2014

What is A Semi- Open Adoption?

A Semi-Open Adoption is a type of adoption that is not totally open or totally closed.  It occurs when birth-parents and adoptive families share non-identifying information or have non- identifying interaction with one another. This interaction is usually facilitated by the adoption agency or adoption attorney. The identity of all parties involved is kept confidential. The degree […]

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August 26, 2014

Boys Should Be Boys :7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons

“In Boys Should Be Boys, one of our most trusted authorities helps parents restore the delights of boyhood and enable today’s boys to become the mature, confident, and thoughtful men of tomorrow. Boys will always be boys–rambunctious, adventurous, and curious, climbing trees, building forts, playing tackle football, and pushing their growing bodies to the limit […]

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August 22, 2014

Pros and Cons of Domestic Adoption

If you’re considering a Domestic Adoption, here are a few things to think about.  PROS: • Adoptive families can adopt an infant  Background information on the child’s birth parents that may include social, educational and health history  You are updated regularly on the health of the Birth Mother and baby, throughout the pregnancy  Varying degrees of openness, it may […]

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August 12, 2014

Back to School: Talking about Adoption

   To tell or not to tell?  “How much information do I need to share? Am I being overly sensitive or is my child’s teacher being insensitive?  Will my concerns be taken into consideration?”   These are all questions adoptive families struggle with when trying to  educate teachers and administrators on adoption related issues.  Parents have […]

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August 10, 2014

Funding Your Adoption

Funding an adoption can sometimes be a roadblock for families who wish to build a family through adoption. Thanks, to an increase in adoption awareness more avenues are available for assistance than ever before and there are many creative ways to help off set the cost of an adoption.    When it comes to funding adoption, where […]

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August 8, 2014

Choosing Childcare

If you are returning to work after the adoption of your child, or you need an occasional night out without kids, consider your options and then screen, select, and check references on sitters or programs that you may be more interested in. Your best resources come from other parents. Ask friends, coworkers, your doctor’s office, […]

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August 6, 2014

Post Adoption Depression

I’ve waited all this time to become a parent, why do I feel so blue? Actually a number of  parents do feel a degree of post adoption blues  and some will develop post-adoption depression (PAD). The symptoms are the same as those for most forms of depression. They may include fatigue, irritability, loss of appetite, sadness, […]

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August 3, 2014

Letters to Birthmother’s

No matter what type of adoption you are in: international or domestic, your child’s birthmother made a difficult choice that has given you a child to love forever.  Regardless of their situations, without the courageous decisions of birthmothers around the world, many of us would not be mothers or future mothers.  Take a moment to […]

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July 28, 2014

Single Parent Adoption

Adoption is a lifetime commitment that provides the nurturing, love, and security that all children deserve.  In order to secure families that provide a stable and nurturing environment for a child, many adoption agencies now recognize that this can be achieved through both two- parent and single parent homes.    Single parents adopt for many […]

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July 21, 2014

Pre-Adoption Education

Adoption requires certain educational, cultural, developmental and medical awareness in order to best prepare for the arrival of your child.  Proper preparation is essential to the success of the placement and we believe it is vital for adoptive parents to develop an understanding of the complex issues of adoption. Because you are your child’s best […]

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