In this episode of The Business Beat
, Steve Jones-D’Agostino
interviews Raquel Woodard
, coordinator of birth-parent and children services for Adoption Choices.
As international adoption has waned, Adoption Choices has expanded their domestic adoption services with an increased focus on helping adoptive parents in Massachusetts successfully navigate the adoption process.
Using a progressive and non-traditional approach, Adoption Choices offers ongoing education and post-adoption support so parents have the tools they need to successfully integrate new family members into the home and raise children that are well-adjusted and have positive feelings about joining their family through adoption.
Do you have questions about adoption?
This Father’s Day, we want to celebrate all the dads out there that are parenting on their own, by choice.
In their story, GMA: More Men Adopting Children Alone, Good Morning America explores some of the joys and challenges men experience when embarking on single fatherhood.
If you have questions about single parent adoption, Adoption Choices can help. Contact us today to speak with an adoption expert and take your first step in becoming a new parent.
Why I Decided to Adopt Without a Partner
Growing up, the expectations were clear: education first, career second and then marriage. However as Nefertiti Austin, a single professional woman, approached her forties with no Prince Charming by her side, she decided that becoming a parent was going to be her next priority.
Undeterred by well-meaning naysayers, she registered for an adoption orientation, ready to fulfill her “karmic obligation to my grandparents and others who raised children they did not birth.”
Read about Nefertiti’s life-changing experience as a single adoptive parent in Why I Decided to Adopt Without a Partner.
If you are single and interested in adopting a baby, Adoption Choices can help. Financial assistance with adoption fees may be available for qualified adoptive parents of modest means. Visit Adoption Choices to learn your options and speak with an adoption expert.
Grateful, lucky, stronger, joyous…
Read this post from author Christopher Thangaraj as he reflects on the wondrous and rewarding journey of adopting and raising his two beautiful sons with his husband:
Your Kids Are So Lucky to Have Such Wonderful Parents!
by Christopher Thangaraj
For more than thirty years, Adoption Choices has been helping birth parents and adoptive families successfully manage the adoption process. With extensive experience in international and domestic adoption, as well as experience in special needs, interracial and LGBT adoption, we are your resource for expert adoption information.
For many, a “special needs” adoption may seem intimidating. But as one mom found out, the joy and love that come with such a gift are boundless. Read:
Parenting a Limb Difference Kid
by Jill Robbins
and gain insight into the beauty and satisfaction of bringing home a child with challenges.
Read this article from one mom who reflects on the joys and challenges of meeting the needs of her adopted daughter:
What I Know About Motherhood Now That I Am an Adoptive Mother
By Carrie Goldman
Financial aid scholarships may be available to qualified adoptive parents, couples and families through the Fran Goss Adoption Fund. Thanks to the generosity of private donors, the Fund provides fee reduction assistance to families of modest means who would otherwise be unable to adopt.
For over thirty years, Adoption Choices has been helping birth and adoptive parents understand their options so they can make informed decisions that best meet their needs. Adoption Choices is a licensed, non-profit, non-sectarian program that provides a wide range of adoption services to individuals, couples and families throughout Massachusetts. We work with prospective adoptive parents from all backgrounds and have extensive experience in domestic and international adoption, as well as experience in interracial, LGBTQ and special needs adoptions.
Those interested in adopting and would like to apply for financial aid may start the process by contacting Adoption Choices and speaking with the program’s Coordinator, Dale Eldridge, LICSW, BCD. The initial consultation is free.
Applicants are assessed for adoptive suitability and fee reduction eligibility is determined using a sliding fee scale. Those
approved for financial aid may qualify for up to 90% of agency-related fees.
Contact Adoption Choices Today to Learn More.
Vanessa McGrady’s posting, The Birth Parents Move in, in the New York Times Motherlode Blog, both broke my heart and cracked me up. As I sat at my computer (ok, maybe I was in the loo looking at my iphone, it was 2 weeks ago, I can’t remember) reading the posting, I recognized myself in her writing. I voiced an inner “oh god” reading the first paragraph where she loaded her child’s birth parents into her car to rescue them from homelessness, their rabbit cage and all. Oh god, that’s not a good idea, oh god, I could totally see myself doing that, oh god, my therapist would think all her work was for naught if I did that, oh god, my kids would be so excited if their birth families moved in, oh god, bunnies stink. Oh god, Ms. McGrady sure summed up the complexity of adoption in just a few short light-hearted paragraphs.
I can relate to Ms. McGrady’s desire to help her daughter’s birth parents, to swoop in and lift them up. I have felt this same tug when I hear of setbacks, or unexpected turns in the road, for my daughter’s birth family members. In the past I have helped on a few occasions, none that involved a bunny moving in, and sometimes it worked out well and other times; the assistance was awkwardly given and uncomfortably received. In our open adoptions, I often come up against the complexities of family, fairness, justice, opportunity, love, privilege, loss, power, judgment and suffering when I feel the urge to help, especially when it isn’t asked for. Our adoption constellation is complex and even a simple thing like lending a hand requires deep consideration and reflection. However, I have come to accept that the greatest help I can give my daughter’s birth parents is to love, care for, and raise my daughters well, to become kind, loving, healthy and happy women.