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We’ve been in “outreach” hoping to connect with a birthmother since May 2012. But we’ve been trying to start our family since May of 2008! We’ve waited a long time…So we decided it was time to up the ante, so to speak, and…we put our names on the immediate hospital placement list!
Our agency is often called to a hospital when a woman in labor wants to place her baby for adoption. ”Immediate hospital placement,” means we could get a call at any time.
Adoptive parents who are interested in this type of “instant” placement are required to work fast in order to be prepared to take home a baby with very little notice.
So, we’re shopping for car seats. Because you can’t leave a hospital with a baby without one!
During this process, we have realized that owning a cute, tiny Fiat 500 adds a certain level of difficulty. Gosh, Fiat’s are small! But, we have faith we will succeed and soon be posting a picture of our new car seat!
Post by Staci
Ohhh how I love Twitter.
Long story short, a woman who follows me on my professional Twitter account saw me Tweet about our adoption and asked if we would be interested in sharing the story about how we’re using social media to try to connect with potential birthmothers. The story was part of a series of adoption stories that KPCC’s radio’s Take Two show was doing for National Adoption Month. KPCC is a Southern California Public Radio station and an NPR affiliate. Of course we were thrilled about the opportunity to visit our local NPR station to tape the interview. We’re such big NPR nerds!
Listen and/or read the story on KPCC’s website. Couples use social media to find ‘open adoption’ opportunities
There are quite a few well-known celebrities that were adopted. Here’s nine of them…
1. Dave Thomas
2. Deborah Harry
3. Steve Jobs
4. Scott Hamilton
5. Faith Hill
6. Jamie Foxx
7. Nelson Mandela
8. Sarah McLachlan
9. Liz Phair
It’s surprising how little most people know about adoption, despite the fact that “about 60% of Americans have a personal connection to adoption” (according to the Adoption Institute’s 1997 Benchmark Adoption Survey).
What is adoption?
Adoption is the transfer of parental rights and responsibilities from one family or person to another. Sometimes children are adopted by people with whom they share a biological connection. Other times children are adopted by strangers.
- In the U.S. the average age for prospective adoptive parents is the late 30s to middle 40s.
- The largest adoptive parent group is couples who have been married for three years or longer. Even though this is still the norm, interracial, single-parent, and gay-parent adoptions are gaining in popularity.
- Adoption laws in the U.S. are enacted and monitored by the states. This means that the laws can vary quite a bit from one state to another. Laws can change too. If you’re planning on adopting, it pays to do your homework and stay current on changing trends.
- There are typically two broad categories of adoption, open and closed. A closed adoption is one in which the identities of the parties involved are withheld. In an open (or semi-open) adoption, certain information is shared. What and how much can vary from state to state and agency to agency. There are advantages and disadvantages to either method. The trick is to find an agency and process that works for you.
- State adoption agencies are usually of two types, public and private. Public agencies are run by the states themselves, where private agencies are only licensed by the states. Public agencies typically have lower costs involved in adoption where private agencies can sometimes charge a great deal.
- Adopted children can and often do grow up well-adjusted and happy. A 1994 study conducted by the Search Institute in Minneapolis evaluated 881 adopted adolescents and their adoptive parents over four years. The teens scored higher than their non-adopted counterparts in caring and social competency.
- Although there may be lots of reasons to adopt a child, the overwhelming motivator in 95 percent of cases is infertility.
- The average adoption takes — well, there is no average adoption timeframe. Times can vary anywhere from a few months to five years or more depending on the circumstances.
- As of the 2000 census, about 1.6 million children in the U.S. under the age of 18 were adopted. Of those, around 98,000 were one year old or less (this includes foreign adoptions).
- Using those same 2000 census figures, there were almost a half-million adopted adults living in the U.S. (473,000).
The adoption facts above were re-posted from http://www.superpages.com/supertips/facts-adoption.html.
We’re Jay and Staci! We live in San Francisco with our dog Cody aka “Monster.” We want to adopt a baby through open adoption.
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