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A Guide to the Responsible Father Registry

Also called the “Putative Father Registry,” the Responsible Father Registry is a free database in which a man who has potentially fathered a child with a woman to whom he is not married can ensure that he receives notice of a possible adoption involving the child. The biological father can file before or after the […]

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An Open Adoption Q&A [Kristen]

1.     How do you define the moment when you first became a mother? Many moments stand out for me when I think about our adoption journeys.  First, making the decision to choose adoption and sharing the plan with our family and friends.   Secondly, starting the ‘work’: meeting with our social worker,  reading the literature, and connecting […]

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What’s New to the Federal Adoption Tax Credit for 2018

Now that 2019 is officially underway, it is time for families who finalized their adoptions in 2018 to take advantage of the 2018 Federal Adoption Tax Credit. Prospective adoptive parents can find information about the Federal Adoption Tax Credit on the IRS website. Basically, this provision allows adopting parents to take a tax credit for […]

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Adoption Statistics Released for the First Time in 30 Years

The National Council for Adoption (NCFA) recently released “Adoption by the Numbers.” It is the most comprehensive statistical report of its breadth since 1985, when the NCFA released its first Adoption by the Numbers. The National Council for Adoption is nonprofit and nonpartisan organization advocating for adoption with a mission to meet the needs of […]

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Showing Love for Everyone in the Adoption Triad

With Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s time to start thinking about your loved ones and showing them how much they mean to you. While Valentine’s Day is often reserved for romantic significant others, it’s important to let all of your loved ones know how much you love and care for them on this holiday. For […]

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Preparing Older Siblings for an Adoption

Adoption is a process with many emotional ups-and-downs. One minute, you’re shouting from the rooftops that you’ve been matched with a birth family. The next, you might be having to explain that the situation didn’t work out. If a match does fall through, you might have to deal with disappointed children. Your older children should […]

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Ways to Support Your Child’s Birth Parents

Open adoptions are becoming increasingly common, and it’s a wonderful trend in the adoption community. However, navigating relationships between adoptive and birth parents in open adoptions can be a bit tricky. On both sides, no one wants to come on too strong, but no one wants to come off as indifferent or uncaring either. As […]

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How The 529 Foundation Can Help Your Family Save For College

Raising a child is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have, but it also comes with its fair share of stress and anxieties. Saving for college is definitely one of those worries. Tuition is getting higher than ever, and thousands of college graduates are in debt. But paying for college doesn’t have to […]

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The Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces of 2016

Unfortunately, less than half of companies in the United States offer adoption benefits to their employees. But thanks to the work of organizations like the Dave Thomas Foundation and other leading companies promoting adoption benefits, these numbers are rising. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, established by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas, is an organization that […]

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5 Ways Adoptive Parents Can Acknowledge the Birth Family during the Holidays

  Finding time to squeeze everything in during the holidays can be a challenge. The season seems to speed by in a whirlwind of balancing everyone’s schedules, finishing up holiday shopping and snapping family pictures. While it can be easy to get caught up in the to-do lists during these hectic weeks, it’s important to […]

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