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Common Myths About Giving A Child for Adoption

Nearly 60 percent of Americans have had personal experience with adoption – whether they, a family member or a close friend was adopted, adopted a child or placed a child for adoption. And yet, there are many misconceptions about adoption that concern prospective birth parents. As a birth mother obviously makes the ultimate decision on whether or not to give her child for adoption, it’s important to understand the myths versus the reality. Here are some common myths about adoption: MYTH “My Child Won’t Remember Where He or She Came From” For many adoptive parents, it is very important to []

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Why Giving Your Baby Up for Adoption is Anything But Giving Up

Why Giving Your Baby Up for Adoption is Anything But Giving Up 3 Ways Birth Mothers Give There are many misconceptions about birth mothers.  An adoptive mother recently wrote about the inconsiderate things people say about adoption in a piece in the Huffington Post and included the common questions many people inappropriately ask, “Why did the birth mother give the child up?” or “Why didn’t the birth mother keep her?” “Giving a child up” for adoption is absolutely the wrong way to look at the choice a birth mother faces. Instead, she loves her child so much that she makes an []

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National Adoption Month 2014

National Adoption Month 2014 Celebrating 10 Years of Adoption Awareness It’s our favorite time of the year around here at A Baby Step Adoption Agency! National Adoption Month, an entire month dedicated to adoption awareness, is in full swing, and this year, we are particularly thrilled to be celebrating our 10 year anniversary – 10 years helping over 800 families experience the gift and joy of adoption. 10 years assisting birth mothers as they choose an adoption plan that works for them and for the future of their children. This year, during National Adoption Month, we thought it would be []

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ABSA Family Profile – Cole and Heather

ABSA Family Profile – Cole and Heather As part of our ongoing series, 『Miracles in Adoption,』 in which we introduce you to some of our incredible families who have adopted with us in the past, we are excited to share the amazing story of Cole and Heather. Meet Cole and Heather from Pittsburgh, PA Cole and Heather knew they wanted to start a family, and the couple was ecstatic when Heather became pregnant in 2012. With no previous health issues, the couple was blindsided when Heather suffered heart failure during her pregnancy and was forced to undergo life-saving treatment. The []

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ABSA Fall Family Profile – Tiyale and Nelson

ABSA Fall Family Profile – Tiyale and Nelson Fall is in the air! You can feel it on those crisp mornings, you can see it at the school bus stop each day and you can sense it in the way life is slowly returning back to normal as the long, lazy days of summer slip away. The fall at A Baby Step Adoption Agency is always a busy time, but this year is simply record breaking! We are getting ready to celebrate a flurry of adoption finalizations in the next couple of months, and will be capping it all off []

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Questions About Adoption

Birth Mothers Ask Questions About Adoption A Baby Step Adoption Agency owner, Barbara Casey, has over 27 years of experience helping birth mothers and adoptive families to navigate the world of adoption. In that time, she has answered numerous questions about how the adoption process works. Here are the top 5 questions most frequently asked by the birth mothers we work with, and the questions and advice we have provided in return over the years. We will address adoptive families’ questions in our next post! 1. Where can I go to ask questions about adoption? That is what we are []

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Understanding A Birth Mother’s Concern

Women who become pregnant unexpectedly face many concerns. They may feel scared or confused about what comes next. They may wonder what their options are. If they decide to have the baby, but feel that they are not yet ready to start a family, they may ask themselves, 「How am I going to find a loving family to adopt my baby?」 They may think, 「I want someone to adopt my baby who is caring and will give them a secure and stable home.」 Or they may say, 「I need someone to adopt my baby who has the same religious and []

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Adoption Agency Stories from ‘The Baby Adoption Specialists’

The Second Sibling Adoption  – Adoption Costs Less the Second Time Around There is an old song about love being lovelier the second time around.  It certainly holds true for the miracle of the second sibling adoption that can happen quite unexpectedly.   Many families want to adopt again, but they are worried about how much adoption costs.  However, when a family maintains open communication with the biological parents through their open adoption agreement, they are often the first to know when this sometimes unexpected, but very welcome, opportunity arises. Adding a biological sibling to the family is typically a positive []

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What is Open Adoption?

Open adoption has become a common term these days in the adoption community, and it seems as if most birth parents and adoptive families strive for this kind of open door adoption process. But what is open adoption exactly? To understand the concept, we have to understand the way things used to be when adoptions were closed and quite different from today. At that time, biological parents and adoptive parents had almost no contact during the pregnancy or after the baby was born. Back then, a birth mother played no role in selecting the family who would adopt her child. []

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The Birth Mother Myth

When thinking about baby adoption, adoptive families often ask, 「What are birth mothers like? Why do they decide to place their babies for adoption?」 Birth mothers are not at all like the negative stereotypes of uncaring moms who want to 「give up」 their baby. A birth mother is a caring, unselfish, pregnant woman who wants a better life, filled with love and security, for her baby. She can come from any background and be any age. An experienced caseworker will take the time to focus on the birth mother and her needs. Try to avoid terms like 「giving up my []

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