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Safe Haven

  As social workers, our main goal is to provide support and assistance through various life-changing events. Our values remind us that it is our responsibility to protect children from abuse, neglect, and any other form of maltreatment. Year after year there have been countless infants abandoned in unsafe locations where they face…

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Agency Adoption vs Independent Adoption

  As birth mothers and adoptive families may research their options regarding adoption, they will find there are many different types of professionals involved in the adoption process. Adoption agencies could be viewed as more of an encompassing multi-disciplinary team approach while independent adoptions facilitated solely by adoption attorneys could be viewed as…

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November: Adoption Awareness Month

November: Adoption Awareness Month   Around 140,000 children are adopted by American families each year, and around 62% of babies in domestic infant adoptions were placed with their adoptive families within a month of birth (Adoption Network, 2013). This is quite a large number, but many people do not understand what exactly adoption…

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Benefits of an Open Adoption

When I think about our open adoption through Hopeful Beginnings today as we have navigated through these days of COVID uncertainty, one idea is 100% certain. We have the BEST open adoption for us! Hopeful Beginnings continues to support our birth mother with any issues around her new family as well as helping…

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Adoption Options

Adoption Child Welfare defines adoptions as the social, emotional, and legal process in which children who will not be raised by their birth parents become full and permanent legal members of another family while maintaining genetic and psychological connections to their birth family. There are different types of adoption in the United States:…

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Open Adoption

Open adoption is a term that newer to the general public, but is encouraged and celebrated at Hopeful Beginnings. In an open adoption, a birth family and adoptive family have communication and a relationship continuing after the baby is placed with the adoptive family. This can cover a range of frequency and communication…

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Adoption Myths and Misconceptions

Adoption. The word “adoption” can be associated with many different emotions as well as stereotypes and sometimes even horror stories. These inaccurate speculations cause many families to stray away from growing their family through adoption. Below are five common myths about adoption that we have debunked for you: Birth parents are always teen…

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Adoption means to me…….

  My previous ideas about adoption were very different from what I know now.. My nephews were adopted from Romania. Of course, our family all knew they were adopted. My niece, now an adult, who looks very much like her adopted mother, still does not know she was adopted. Neither family situation knew…

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When Giving Up for Adoption Should Be Given Up

Times change and so does appropriate language and phrases In the adoption world, we have been advocating ending the term ‘giving up your child for adoption’ when we are talking about the selfless and brave act of a birth parent creating an adoption plan. The last thing someone does is give up on…

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