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The Russian Adoption Ban Might Not Last

You have probably heard about Russia recently outlawing the practice of US families adopting Russian children. Most families who are looking to adopt children know about the law. There is nothing good that can be said about the law as there are hundreds of thousands of orphans in Russ
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A New Series About Children Waiting to Find Families

KFVS television in Cape Girardeau has started a new regular series on its website that I want to bring to your attention. The series is called “A Place to Call Home,” and it tells the stories of children currently in the foster care system who are waiting to be adopted. There are over
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US Supreme Court Decides an Important Adoption Issue

The United States Supreme Court rarely decides adoption issues. When it does, it is big news and families seeking to adopt children need to know what happened in the case and what it might mean for them. Last month, the Court decided Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl and the decision could
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Guest Blog- “You are just like my family.”

I am grateful to my friend Angela for her willingness to share a personal story about her international adoption as an infant and the challenges faced by adult adoptees. I hope her story can help adoptive parents understand the powerful need of many adoptees to seek out information ab
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Open Adoptions- What’s best?

We all want to do what is best for our kids. The problem is knowing which approach is right. Adoption researchers and therapists have stated that adopted children adjust better when with open communication, honesty, and respect. Openness is not just about sending and receiving cards.
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Will I fail the homestudy?!

Do you bleach your entire home or will that seem like your hiding something? Should you leave a little bit of clutter to seem natural, or will that appear messy? The home study is a part of the adoption process that many families dread. A home study is a process of a social worker vis
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Family Mixology

Blended families occur with new members are added through adoption, divorce or other arrangements such as guardianships. Usually the groundwork leading up to the blended family involves some type of major change in a child’s life, such as death, foster homes, and/or termination
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Stuck

After spending the weekend watching some pretty awesome documentary films at Columbia, Missouri’s True/False Film Fest, I have documentaries on my mind, which led me to search for compelling documentaries on the subject of adoption. Next on my list of films to watch is “Stuck,”
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The “Wild West” of Same Sex Adoptions in Missouri

Ask a client I’ll call “Jennifer,” and she’ll tell you that Missouri’s legal stance on same-sex relationships remains hopelessly muddled. As homosexual woman married to her long-time partner in Massachusetts, Jennifer and her partner went through a circuitousness and confusing legal m
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