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Adoption Finance Coach – Upcoming Webinars

We know adoption can be expensive. That’s why we team up with the Adoption Finance Coach to offer our clients a resource that will help them navigate the adoption process in the most frugal way possible. Kelly Ellison, founder of the program, is an adoptive parent and development professional in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years. She has a passion for helping adoptive families raise money for their adoptions. She can help you with the cost of adoption. We wanted to share with you some upcoming webinars put on by the Adoption Finance Coach: Fall Live Webinar Series  To register for []

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7 Tips for Talking with Tweens & Teens About Adoption

Our latest blog post comes from our friends at Creating a Family. It explores the sometimes tricky topic of talking to your tweens and teens about adoption and offers some advice on how to navigate the situation. 7 Tips for Talking with Tweens & Teens About Adoption I love the teen years. I’ve raised four teens and worked in youth ministry for 17 years. I find this age group to be intriguing and frustrating in equal measure. One thing I know for sure, parenting this age group takes the ability to let them gradually take the reins while you still are []

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The Adoption Maven Talks Back to School

Our latest blog comes from our friend, The Adoption Maven. For many adoptive parents, questions arise once the kids head back to school about their background. Kathy Ann Brodsky, LCSW, a  New York and New Jersey licensed social worker, adoptive mom and advocate for ethical adoption practice, shares her advice for how to navigate the school years with your adopted child. BACK TO SCHOOL, DAYCARE and AFTERSCHOOL It’s that time of year. The weather is starting to turn a bit cooler and you and the kids are thinking about the changes to come. School looms large. Some of you are looking forward []

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How Much Does Adoption Cost? How Long Does it Take?

Our clients often ask us how long they can expect to wait to adopt a child and the cost associated with adoption. At A Baby Step Adoption, we tout quick match times, and we can help you with resources to help fund your adoption. We are also lucky to have Barbara Casey, an adoption attorney, as the founder and head of our agency as well as other attorneys on staff to make the process go smoothly. We wanted to share this article from Adoptive Families that explores the results of their annual Cost and TIming Adoption Survey. We are reporting on []

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Raising a Child with FASD (fetal alcohol syndrome disorders)

Sometimes our adoptive families are deciding whether or not to adopt a child who has been exposed to alcohol in utero. We have seen many cases of this scenario where the child thrives and goes on to have a wonderful life. Of course, it’s natural to have many questions, and our caseworkers can help you through the adoption process, but FASD (fetal alcohol syndrome disorders) doesn’t have to be the reason you don’t adopt a baby.  Our latest blog post comes from the nonprofit online resource Creating a Family and explores FASD (fetal alcohol syndrome disorders), and provides some tips on the matter.  5 []

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The Sadness of Not Being Chosen by Expectant Mom for Adoption

Our latest blog post comes from our friends at Creating a Family and addresses the sometimes agonizing process of waiting to be chosen by a birthmother. When a woman is facing an unplanned pregnancy and decides on adoption, she ultimately chooses the family she wants to raise her baby. At A Baby Step Adoption, we tout quick match times, and often times, our clients are matched within 6 months of signing on, but even so, the waiting can be stressful.  This article says it all: Adoption is all about “hurry up and wait”. First you submit your application. Wait. Complete your []

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Facing Teenage Pregnancy

Teenage Pregnancy Facing an unplanned pregnancy is difficult for anyone, but as a teeanger, It may seem like the world is ending. As a pregnant teenager girl, you are probably incredibly scared, anxious, and not sure where to turn next. There is absolutely no one who can make this choice but you. It is your body, and you are ultimately the only person who can decide what to do. You basically have three choices. Become a parent, choose adoption or choose abortion. In many cases, it is helpful to discuss the scenario with you partner and anyone else who may []

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Things to Consider when Deciding between Abortion Vs. Adoption

Things to Consider when Deciding between Abortion Vs. Adoption According to Planned Parenthood’s recently released Annual Report, the organization perform 113 abortions for every one adoption referral.  Clearly, more women choose abortion over adoption, but before you decide what is right for you, it is important to know the facts so you can make an informed decision. If you are considering abortion vs. adoption, here is a brief comparison of the two: Cost Many women don’t realize it, but giving up your baby for adoption is completely free.  Often times, your living expenses are paid for by the adoptive family including []

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Save the Adoption Tax Credit!!

Save the Adoption Tax Credit Due to the importance of the issue and how strongly ABSA feels about saving the Adoption Tax Credit, we are sharing this information sent from the North American Council on Adoptable Children. Let Your Members of Congress Know How Much the Adoption Tax Credit Matters to You! As many of you know, the adoption tax credit (ATC) is vulnerable and may be eliminated as part of tax reform – and we need your help to save it! Join us as we work to keep pressure on Congress to save the credit that makes it possible for all []

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National Study Shows Domestic Infant Adoption Remains Steady

National Study Shows Domestic Infant Adoption Remains Steady There are some interesting statistics recently released from The National Council for Adoption (NCFA). According to their National Adoption Data study: Adoption: By the Numbers, adoption rates have fallen in the U.S. from 133,737 in 2007 to 11,373 in 2014.  The decline can be attributed to intercountry adoptions, which account for more than half of this decline. The number of domestic infant adoptions, which is our main focus here at A Baby Step Adoption, has remained mostly steady, even increasingly slightly from 18,078 in 2007 to 18,329 in 2014. Although infant domestic []

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