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Adoption is where birth parents place their child undoubtedly with
people they do not know. Domestic and International adoption are the
two types of adoption. Domestic is where a child is placed in their
birth country, and International adoption is where a child is placed
outside of its birth country.

There are several reasons for placing a child up for adoption, such as
not being able to care for the child. But for the most part at least in
the United States and the UK, the most common reason for placing a child
is mistreatment to the child. Some other reasons are teenage pregnancy,
gender preference, or single parenthood.

The reason to want to adopt is different from situation to situation.
Some couples can not have children, some want to help out by adopting,
some are same-sex couples that would rather adopt.

Applying to adopt varies from country to country, and occasionally
within a country. Many areas have different eligibility ethics, and can
require an age limit, weather a single person can apply, to the
eligibility for same-sex couples to adopt.

In the United States it is free to place a child up for adoption. For
the parents adopting fees can very from country to country and in some
countries it is illegal to charge an adoption fee. Although in the
United States you are allowed a $10,000 tax credit for adoptions.

There are many issues that surround adoption. Guarding a Childs
ancestry is becoming a major issue. They say that when an adoption is
kept secret or closed the adoptee can sometimes have trouble finding
themselves. The media doesn't help much either, they either shoe the
horrible problems that very few people have or they shoe the perfect
family, and have even gone as far as telling us that Children in foster
can not be show love because they will continue to push us away for fear
of getting to close. This is not always the case. Unfortunately there
are several children who do not get adopted and age out of the systems
at age eight-teen.

Whether Americans have any experience with adoption, not everyone
understands it or supports it. The history of adoptions can be traced
back as far as the 18th century BC. Adoption was very common during the
Ancient periods, and generally involved adults not children. These
adults where used to carry on family heritage or to protect property
rights. It has been found that both men and women whether married or
single could adopt. Our modern adoption laws find heritage in the
Hammurabi Code of the 18th century BC. Ancient Times focused on
adoption of adults, while during the Middle Ages it focused on children
and set some good ground rules. In Ancient Times, the adoptions where
merely saying that you wanted someone to follow in your footsteps.
During the Middle Ages there were specific laws put into place to
protect the child and all adoptions during this time period where
handled by the court systems. The first state adoption was in 1851 in
Massachusetts. In 1853, Rev. Charles Loring Brace founded a children's
aid program to help orphaned and abandoned children. His solution was
to get the children off the streets and send them to strong Christian
homes. These children where gathered up and placed on trains bound for
the mid-west. At each stop the children where displayed for all to see,
and who ever was not chosen was placed back on the train to go to the
next stop.

Things have certainly changed since then. But one thing has remained
the same, we still want what's best for the children. Even though
sometimes it's hard to know what's best. Adoption has become a
wonderful thing and has been a good chance for children without a home
for centuries.


When it comes to adoption, you have to realize that it is more than
just one person giving another one a child. Adoption is a legal way to
allow a child to have permanent residency with another person other than
their biological parents. There are also to reasons why someone will put
their children up for adoption, but there are also many other reasons
why someone wishes to adopt.

With an open adoption you will be able to still keep the biological
parents in the child's life. They are able to write letters to contact
the child, and the child is able to contact them. In time, an
understanding can form, but it is very important that you consider your
options when it comes to giving a child up for adoption. All the
arrangements can vary and it all depends on how both parties feel about
having an open adoption.

There are many issues that may contribute to a child going into an
adoption situation. Sometimes they are abandoned, but often it is the
mother who decides that it is best for her baby. Often babies are born
to mothers and fathers who are unable to take care of themselves let
alone a child. Sometimes a child is removed from the family because of
government interfering. There are many reasons why a child is placed in
an adoption agency.

Generally, adoption is done in the best interest of the child. It is so
that the child can have a life better than what was offered to them.
You'll also find that adoption is an option in order to give the child a
better future.

Is Adoption Right for You?

When it comes to adoption, you'll want to consider that it is the most
difficult decision that you'll have to make. You'll want to think about
the responsibility of a child and you'll also want to face some of the
good times and bad times that are ahead of you. You'll find that a puppy
is much like a child. If you think that adoption is right for you, then
you may want to get a dog or cat and see if you can handle that type of
situation. If you pass, then you might want to look further into

There are some benefits to adoption. Not only will you be able to use
the adoption to gain a new family member, but also you'll be able to
give yourself a brand new life. You'll find that there are many
emotional benefits to adoption. You'll also find that there is some
personal growth to adoption. Adoption is something that many people
choose to do because they are able to help the world be better. You'll
also find that you are able to reach out for better things with the
adoption of a child.

Before you start considering an adoption, you may need to look at
yourself. First, you have to decide if you are ready to be responsible
for another person. You'll also want to think about your patience.
Children can be difficult, but can you handle it? Is there a way for you
to figure this out without adoption? Try to baby-sit a younger child.
Also, you may want to take some parenting classes. This way you will be
able to save yourself some time, energy, and also figure out if a child
could thrive in your current environment.

How do you know if adoption is right for you?

Are you considering having children? If so, you may want to think about
adoption. Adoptions is where you accept a child that isn't biologically
yours, but then make it your own. You will find that there are no limits
to your legal rights after the process is gone through. The time period
of an adoption will verify by state, but then you will find that the
child will be yours for the rest of your life.

If you have been trying to have children but are not able to, you might
be trying to figure out if adoption is for you. Adoption is hard, but
you will want to ask everyone that you know (family, friends, loved
ones, clergy) about how they feel about adoption. This is never
something that you should decide to do completely on your own, because
it is a lifetime commitment. If you are thinking about becoming a single
parent, you will want to talk to others so that you can make sure that
adoption is right for you.

Remember that you are going to be taking a child that someone else has
created and making that child your own. You will want to make sure that
you are okay with the fact that someone else has the child and then gave
the child up. If you are okay with that, then you may want to think
about adoption. If you don't care where a child came from, and if all
you want to do is give a child a good home, you should consider becoming
an adoptive parent. However, also remember that a child requires time
and money. You will find that the process of adoption is very expensive
and time consuming.

You are going to find things about your adoptive child that may end up
being a mystery. You will find that if you are given a bit of family
history from the adoption agency, then you will be able to understand
your new and you will know all of the circumstances that the child was
born in. You will know why the parents gave the child up. You will find
that sometimes all the information that you want is not available to
you, this is where you need to decide if you can live your life like
that. If you can live with or without the background information, you
should think about adopting a child.

Who are adopting children?

There is a lot to wonder about adoption. You will want to take a lot in
mind when it comes to adoption. You will find that all kinds of people
will consider adoption, but adoption is also a wonderful way for you to
build a family.

There are many people who have their children through adoption. A
majority of those are couples who want to have children but for whatever
reason can't get pregnant with their own children. There are a lot of
couples who will adopt because one or both of the partners have problems
with their reproductive system.

However, some couples also choose to adopt because there are genetic
things in themselves that they don't want to pass on to others. Genetics
is something that brings a lot of concern when it comes to conception of
a child. Genes are often the reason why a child is born with a disease
or disability, and to avoid such things, people will adopt.

There are also instances of single people who want to adopt children.
Many single parents were divorced or windowed, but still would like to
have the opportunity to be a parent. Many times these people have always
wanted children but don't want to have biological children, so in order
to make a family they turn to adoption.

Also, couples that are not married and homosexual couples are also
prominent in adopting fields. Many people will try to become parents in
any way and every that they can by trying to avoid a foreign baby or
child. For these couples, it is simply a matter of wanting to be a
parent and not being able to on their own. For them, and for many
others, adopting is the best option so that they can be parents and
continue to live the lives that they have always wanted to live.

Use the many resources that you will find when it comes to considering
adoption. You will find a lot of information about adopting so you can
make a good choice about wanting to have a family. Adopting is an option
that many people will chose and they will find it fulfilling.

Talking with your children about their adoption

You are going to have the most wonderful time when you are able to go
through the adoption process and have adopted a child. There is no
difference between the children that you are going to adopt and the
child that you have. You should be able to have the same life that you
would have with your adopted children as you would with your own.

However, it will be that you will need to make a decision regarding
whether or not you are going to tell your child they are adopted. This
is a big decision, however, you should have made this decision before
you signed the papers. There are several schools of thought, and there
are reasons to believe each one.

You may decide that you will want to have the adoption a part of your
child's life by explaining to them that they were adopted. There are
many studies that say that this is the best thing that you can do for
your child because it is the best way to make sure that they are having
good development and will continue to be happy throughout their lives.
You may end up making the process of the adoption about of their life by
telling them that you chose them and that you got to have them because
you loved them from the start. However, you shouldn't make it into too
big of a deal, or the child might feel that they aren't as good as
regular children.

Some people think that the child should be older when you tell them that
they are adopted. Their reasoning is that this way the child will have
as normal of a life as possible, and they will feel that they are just
the same as children that are not adopted. This way things won't seem so
awkward and that they will understand that you wanted them and that you
loved them all that time This might be a good idea for some, but there
is a danger that your child will feel that you have lied to them their
entire lives, and will be angry at you for this when you decide to tell

If you feel like an open adoption is something that you may want to do,
you will find that may not have the option, but it is something to
research. You will find that many people believe that a child who is
loved by many people is better than a few people since it takes a
community to raise a child and help them to become a well adjusted and
happy adult.

Children for Adoption

A frequent question among those people looking to become adoptive
parents is that of what the children are like. This is understandable,
of course. After all, before welcoming a child into one's home, it is
useful to know what options are available and what one can expect of the
child. Since all children are different, there is no single or precise
way to answer this question. By examining the various kinds of children
who are generally adopted, it is possible to paint something of a
general picture.

One option is to adopt an infant born within the U.S. The infants
placed for public adoption are generally African-American, Hispanic or
mixed-race. The number of Caucasian infants placed for public adoption
is relatively small in comparison, as these children are generally
handled by private adoption agencies. Adopting an infant is preferable
for those people who wish to raise their adopted child from a very early
age, possibly to simulate the experience of raising a birth child.
Because this is such a widely sought option, it can often be difficult
to find a readily available child, often resulting in long waiting
periods before being able to adopt.

A second domestic option is to adopt a child who is already in foster
care and waiting for a family. These children tend to be older, from
grade school age up to adolescence. They may have special needs, such as
emotional, mental, or physical disability, or they may be part of a
sibling group that must be placed together. Often called "waiting
children," these special cases are handled by both public and private
adoption agencies, with entities called adoption exchanges helping to
provide matches between child and parent. Often, adoption subsidies are
available to help offset the cost of caring for a child with special

A third option is to adopt internationally. Children are available for
adoption in over fifty foreign countries. These children have been put
for adoption for a variety of reasons, often linked to the nation or
culture in which their parents live. In South Korea, for example, unwed
mothers are looked upon shamefully, so would-be single moms often put
their infant up for adoption. Often these children are living in
orphanages, just waiting for someone to adopt them. The process of
adopting from abroad can be a tedious one, but there are agencies and
attorneys that will facilitate the process.

No matter which option is right for a certain individual, one theme
remains the same: there are children who need to be adopted. From
infancy to adolescence, both at home and overseas, there are children
who are without families. For prospective birth parents who do not have
the means to raise a child, and for people looking to start a family,
adoption is a solution to be considered. If you or someone you know is
thinking of adopting and would like some more information, some good
online resources include and, both of which
are aimed at providing information on adoption to pertinent parties. is an online adoption exchange where one can search
and browse photo listings of hundreds of kids currently waiting to be

All about the Reasons to Consider Adoption

There happens to be so many reasons why you might want to have a child
in your life and you may decide that adoption is right for you. You will
want to make sure that you are ready to have children. If you haven been
trying to have a child for a long time, you find that there have been
circumstances that won't allow you to have children, you will want to
think long and hard about adoption. You will want to decide if having a
child is right for you, but you will also be taking the first steps into

An adoption is a good idea for many reasons. There are many times that
young girls are having a child, but don't have the means to care for the
child. This happens more often than you may think. There are mothers and
fathers who are simply just too young to take care of a child.
Sometimes, the parents never intended to have a child and simply cannot
imagine having one in their lives. There are times that a young couple
will go through periods of hardships and will decide that the child is
simply better off with other people. Sometimes, both parents of the baby
die and there is no one who can raise the child.

Whatever the reason may be, there are hundreds of children in each area
of each state who are in need of adoption. Children, who are in foster
homes or in the care of the state, often don't have the affection of a
family. There are also children who live in orphanages all over the
world who are waiting to be adopted. Orphanages happen to have children
who are undereducated and barely loved or held. You can truly make a
difference in the world by saving a child from this fate.

When you decide to adopt a child, you will find that you are taking a
child that has nothing and giving them the world. You are going to give
them a family and a future. You will find that you are going to have a
child in your life to have new hope and a family to the child. Under all
the circumstances, you will find that you are going to give the child a
brand new life and they will help you to have a fulfilling life. You
will find that raising a child is a rewarding experience for many
people. Adoption can be a wonderful gift to both the new parents and the
adopted child.

Adoptions can go wrong and what you should do

Even though there are many things that you might become concerned about
adopting, you will want to make sure that you understand everything that
could go wrong.

One of the most commonly things to go wrong is that you didn't complete
all the paperwork that is necessary for you to adopt. You will find that
this is going to be consuming and annoying and that you just don't take
the time to do correctly. If you haven't finished these things
correctly, you are going to run into problems when you begin the
adoption process. This is why you should take your time to fill out all
of the paperwork and information correctly.

Also, the birth mother, at last minute, can try and get their child
back. If you haven't signed the forms, or if you haven't completed the
waiting periods, it is always a realistic fear that the birth mother is
going to change her mind and that she will want to keep the baby for
herself, or go with another person to adopt her child. If this happens
to you, there is nothing you can do about it. However, you shouldn't
allow this to stop you from adopting, because it can be normal part of
the process. When this happens to a couple or parent trying to adopt,
you are put back into the potential adoptive parent pool.

However, you may end up at the bottom of the list and others will adopt
before you. In some agencies, you are then given first priority when a
new baby becomes available.

A lot of people feel very low when they are placed on the waiting list,
because it can feel like you are put on waiting list forever. You will
also find that the waiting is long because the agency is trying to match
the children with the best homes possible. However, you can avoid the
long waiting and try to adopt a baby from another country, since you
might be able to get a child sooner form the foreign market. It's a
great idea because there are children in need all over the world. You
will want to give any child in the world a good home. But, the foreign
market can take some time too. You will find that it might be less than
adopting from your country, but sometimes it may not, depending on what
your requirements of the adoption are and the requirements of the
foreign country.

All About Adoption Agencies

When looking to adopt, one faces the decision of whether to use an
agency. This is not a simple decision, as agencies provide many support
services to ease the process, but they can also be costly. Plus, it
raises even more questions: Where can I find an agency near me? How do I
know if the agency is reputable? Do I choose a public or private agency?
This article aims to answer some of these questions, or at least aide in
finding the answers.

First of all, there are two types of adoption agencies -- public and
private. A public agency is run by the government (either state or
regional) and supported by public monies. These agencies generally
assist in the adoption of foster care youth. Private adoptions agencies,
on the other hand are run by a private entity. They are licensed by the
state in which they operate, but are funded privately. These agencies
can be of assistance in all types of adoptions.

A major advantage of using an adoption agency is that they do all of
the "searching" for you. They will do the work of finding and matching a
child to you, based on specified criteria. Support options are also
generally available through adoption agencies, especially private ones.
These services include counseling, referrals, and both pre- and post-
adoption education. The downside to all of this is, of course, cost. It
is estimated that an adoption can cost from $5,000 to $40,000.

Adoption costs money, there's no doubt about that. However, when
beginning the adoption process, you may encounter certain costs which
should raise red flags. For instance, beware of any agency which
requires payment of fees immediately after application. There will
usually be a small fee up front, but otherwise proceed with caution. Do
not deal with any agency that feels or has been reported to be

That being said, ask about costs upfront. There may be a sliding scale,
and there are resources that exist to defray the costs of the adoption

Another factor to consider is any specific focus which you would like
the agency to take. Some agencies, for example, specialize only in
placing bi-racial children, while others focus solely on children with
special needs. Be sure to ask about any such emphasis before choosing an

Of course, before you can begin doing all of this, you must locate an
agency in your area. maintains an online directory of
adoption agencies across the United States, as well as in Canada and the
United Kingdom. Here you can browse the clickable map, or search by
state, category and agency name. There is also the option of selecting a
country to adopt from internationally. The directory is available online

This, of course, only answers a few of the myriad questions that people
face when deciding to adopt. Prospective adoptive parents are encouraged
to do as much research and ask as many questions as possible before
beginning the adoption process. It can be a tedium of red tape, but in
the end it is worth the struggle, and knowing the length of the struggle
beforehand can make it that much easier.

Foster Child Adoption

When it comes to foster children they are in a very unique situation.
Foster children are given up or they are placed in the system by the
government. Foster children often are moved from one home to the other.
Very rarely do they get adopted quickly. Sometimes children will spend
their entire childhood moving from one place to the next. If you are
thinking about considering adoption you really need to know what it is
that you are getting yourself into. Before you start filling out the
paperwork, you need to know about the entire process. You have to learn
how to understand that this is more like a temporary adoption. It will
be awhile before you are able to have a child.

First, the agency will give you a number of children that you can look
after. Often the children come from bad pasts and are generally sad
stories. The older children are the ones that really need to be loved.
Often they are considered to be out of touch. You'll want to do
everything you can to give the child some emotional support, with
behavioral structure.

Keep in mind that the kid's age is very important as well. You'll find
that the older the child, the more resistance they will give you. Often
it is the newborn or toddler that is accepted the easiest. Think about
the benefits that both the child and you can have from being a foster
parent. You'll also want to consider some of the ways that you'll be
able to develop a good relationship with these children as well. It is
very important that you understand the process and that you take steps
to understand the emotions of being a foster parent.

Discussing adoption of step children

For those who end up getting involved in a marriage with someone who
already has a few children, you will notice that there are going to be
step children involved in your daily life. They may not be your legal
children, but they are still the reasonability of your partner. You may
share in the handling of the children, but you may want to develop a
relationship with them. You will want t make sure that you aren't
legally in control of the children's lives.

When it comes to your step children, you don't have a lot of control
over what they do and what they become. If you happen to have a partner
that agrees with the way that you raise their children, then you will
find that the fact that you aren't legally their guardian, may not

Also, you may not think about adopting the children if they already have
a parent in their life that will protest the adoption. If this is the
case, adopting that child is not a good idea because you probably
wouldn't be able to do so, and you wouldn't want to intrude on the
different relationships with their parents that your step children
already have.

Then again, you may end up finding yourself wanting to adopt the
children. If your partner wants you to adopt their children, and if
these children don't have another parent that is legally responsible for
them, you might want to consider adopting the children.

The way that it works is if you are able to find the other parent to
give up their rights over the child. If the other parent is deceased or
willing to give up rights to the child, you might have a good shot at
adopting a child. If the children are older, you will want to make sure
that the children are happy with you adopting them and allow the
children to take part of the process so that they are happy. This is
part of the key to a happy family life.

Keep in mind that adoption is forever, you will find that if you get a
divorce, you are still going to be responsible for the child. You will
want to be sure that this is something that you really want to do before
you sign all of the paperwork.

Rules and Laws when adopting step children

When you are in a relationship with someone, you may end up making a
decision that will change the legal custody over the children. If you
happen to decide that you will want to adopt the children, then you will
want to take the following inconsideration before you begin the process.

First, you should know that the rules of adoption vary from state to
state. Before making any decisions in the adoption, you will want to do
your research and check all of the state laws pertaining to adopting of
a partner's children. Secondly, you need to know that in most states
you cannot adopt a child unless both of that child's parents agree to
it. Meaning, that the child that you would like to adopt, has to be
available for adoption under the local laws. Your partner must declare
that they want you to be the other parent to their child. Also, the
other parent of that child must also agree to this. If the other parent
of your partner's child is dead, you can legally adopt that child as
long as your partner agrees to it. If the other parent is alive, you
will want to make sure that they give up all their custody rights.

After all of the consideration, if you decide that you would like to
adopt the children, then there are several things that you should do.
First, you are going to want to act like the child's parent. Remember,
if your partner and you end up breaking up, you still have to take
responsibility of the child. That also includes if your partner dies,
then you will end up with the custody of the child. You will want to
make sure that you do what is best for the child and the best for you.
Also, you will want to take the child's feelings into consideration. You
will want to make sure that if they have a parent that has died; you may
end up getting spiteful actions from the child if you adopt them too
quickly. They might feel like you are trying to replace their parent.
You should always make sure that the adoption is for the best interest
of the child and everyone else who is involved and that you are going
what everyone would like you to do.

Closed Adoption

For those who do not understand what a closed adoption is, you'll want
to consider that this is where the parents adopt a child, but the
biological parents are kept private. There are many reasons why both
sides would want to protect their child from this, but it is also a good
option for those who are young mothers who wish not be looked up. It's
done mostly with young children or infants.

The closed adoption is the way that it always was done. Often now
you'll find people wishing to find their biological parents, because
being open or closed was not an option for most agencies. It was very
clear-cut. You would give the baby up and that was it. It was over with.
Even with a closed adoption, the child still may be able to contact the
biological child. You'll want to consider that when the child is at age,
they have the right to look into their own files. If the biological
mother allows the records to be released, then the child will be able to
find information on why they were adopted and the names of its
biological parents.

There are some perks and disadvantages to closed adoption. It's nice to
keep the privacy if you are giving up a newborn. This way it's easier to
cut yourself off. You'll want to continue to keep your privacy, so that
you don't have to deal with some of the hurt feelings, however, open
adoptions are become more and more popular. This way the child will be
able to appreciate the situation and also see both points of view. They
can understand why they were adopted without having hurt feelings.

Choosing An Adoption Agency

When it comes to adoption you'll find that the child and the adopting
family will go through a long process. It may seem overwhelming, but
you'll find that most important thing to keep in mind is to embrace the
experience and keep in mind that the agency is doing the best they can
for both parties.

When it comes to a good adoption agency, you'll find that they will
help you to understand the process and also educate you on adoption and
prepare for both the best and worst possible outcomes. Keep in mind that
the process is long and drawn out. You'll want to ask the agency
questions about anything that may pop into your head. You'll want to get
your questions answered in order to find a piece of mind.

If you are looking for an adoption agency, you will first want to speak
to your doctor. You'll also want to talk to your priest or pastor. Keep
in mind that your attorney will also help you to understand the process
and also educate you on what is a good adoption agency and what is a
potentially bad agency. Never just pick one out of the phonebook. You'll
need to also look for referrals.

It is up to you to decide what is best for your family and for
yourself. You'll want to consider the advantages and disadvantages to
each agency. You'll also want to trust your gut feeling. If you don't
feel okay about the adoption agency, then you'll want to move on or
continue your search.

Adoption Announcements

The adoption is final and you want to get the word out. You want to
show and tell every body about your new family member. What's a better
way than sending out adoption announcements? I know your thinking, what
is an adoption announcement? Well I will tell you. An adoption
announcement is a lit like a birth announcement, but instead of saying
something like, we are welcoming the birth of our child, it will say
something like, we are welcoming into our family.

There are all sorts of different kinds of adoption announcements. Some
people make their own announcements. They say it is easier to make
announcements than it is to find adoption announcements for older
children. Some people buy adoption announcements that contain pictures
or have ribbon and bows. Some have both. Adoption announcements come
in different languages. They can include the name of the child, the
child's birth date, where the child is from, such as what country, the
day you met the child and the date the adoption was final. They usually
have the adoptive parent's names on it and any siblings. The adoption
announcement can also have the names of any pets. Most adoption
announcements include pictures. Prices range from two dollars a piece
to five dollars a piece, plus shipping and handling.

The best thing about adoption announcements is that you can make it
your own. You can personalize every aspect. There are no two
announcements a like, just like there are no two children exactly a
like. Every thing is new and exciting when there is a child in the
home, whether the child is biological or adopted, that child will always
hold a piece of your heart. Everyday will bring something new and
exciting. Not only will you be teaching your child but your child will
be teaching you. This is what makes parenting so exciting and also so

There is nothing more wonderful than having a child to call your own.
Adopting is a wonderful way to have this. Adoptive parents have so much
fun exploring and make things just right for their new children. So
preparing the adoption announcements should be just that, fun and

First you should take into consideration the people that you will send
the adoption announcements too. That will give you an idea of what all
should be contained in the announcement. Weather they should be
humorous or sentimental. After you have your words chosen your layout
picked and what style you want its time to shop. Depending on how many
you are sending bulk mail may be appropriate. This is a good way to
save money on postage.

Many people also have welcome home parties after the adopted member of
the family is settled in, while you are working on your announcements
can be a good time to consider such a party where as you won't have to
mail out separate invitations.

All in all adoption announcements are a fun and traditional way to
inform people of your welcoming a new member to your family.

Adoption Photo listing

Adoption Photo listing is done in every state and most international
countries. To those who may not know what adoption photo listing is, it
is where an adoption agency or the local Division of Social Services has
pictures and information of children for adoption on the internet. This
is done to improve the chances of the child for finding a family. There
are more than 100,000 children in the United States in foster care and
hundreds of thousands around the world in orphanages or substitute care.
All the children listed on photo listing are for adoption and need a
permanent home. Most of these children have special needs. Many of the
children are over the age of seven, and the majority of the them are
much older. These children have physical, emotional, mental and/or
learning disabilities. You will find several sibling groups that wish
to stay together. In all states you must have finished your home study
before you can adopt.

After reading the description of a child you can request more
information. Adoption Photo listing started in 1994 and over 8,000
children have appeared on it. The Adoption Photo list recieves more than
two million hits per month. Adoption photo listing is such a powerful
way to motivate people even remotely interested in adopting. Many
people have a statistic in the back of their minds, knowing that there
are millions of children around the world without a home. But that's
just it, it's just a statistic. With adoption photo listing it is no
longer just a statistic it is reality. Adoption photo listing places a
face where it used to be just a number. Not only does it become a
picture, but adoption photo listing describes the child. It gives the
Childs age, bithdate, state of residence, and the Childs likes and

Adoption photo listing is not only beneficial for the child wanting to
be adopted, but also beneficial for the adoptive parents. This way the
child gets his or her face out there for more to see. Also the adoptive
parents have a chance to see pictures and learn about the children.
What the children look like, what they like to do, where they come from
and sometimes an update on how the child is doing emotionally. This
give the adoptive parents more to go on than just a picture or even a

Adoption photo listing is not just of children for adoption, but also
of families or couples that want to adopt. These adoptive parents have
been thoroughly screened and have completed all of the prescreening
assessments. Many of them have fertility problems, making it near
impossible to have children on their own. These adoption photo listings
give information such as the ages of the adoptive parents, when they
where married, what their hobbies are and the information about any of
the children they have whether they are biological or adopted. They
also explain how much they would like to adopt and raise a child, and
how wonderful it would be just to be considered for adopting.

All in all adoption photo listing seems to have helped raise the number
of children adopted and also helps with parents that want to adopt.

Infertility and Adoption

There are some couples who are unable to have a child on their own.
They often will turn to other ways of fertility and even check out some
of the adoption options. Sometimes it is a medical issue that is
stopping them from conceiving. It is often devastating to a couple and
to a marriage. Adoption has many benefits to these types of couples. You
will be able to get a child that you love and care for, while the child
gets a home that is filled with love and respect. There is a couple
types of adoptions that you'll be able to consider. Open and closed
adoptions are some of your options. When it comes to closed adoption you
will be able to hid the fact that the child is adopted and you are able
to hide the parent's information in order to conceal their privacy. Then
there are open adoptions that will allow the biological parents to still
talk to the child through emails or letters. You may even sent the
parents pictures. Often the details of an open adoption are different
for each case.

When it comes to adopting foreign children, you will find that these
types of children are able to get a better life. They are able to leave
behind some of their less fortunate situations and more on to a home
that allows them to grow with a good future. Of course, if the child is
of a different race, you'll want to explain some things to the child.
It's never right to lie to a child about who they are or who they were.
You'll need to consider that this adoption is a gift for both parties
and should be treated so.

Adoption Dissolution

Nothing ever goes according to plan. You'll find that this is
definitely something to expect when it comes to adoption. Sometimes a
child will be placed in a home, and then the child will be taken out of
the home for various reasons. If you are thinking about adoption
dissolution is because of an adoption that was more difficult then
expected. Often adopting parents find out that they are unable to care
for the child or have problems with the child. Sometimes a family does
not mess well when there are current siblings and adopted siblings.

Some of the problems that you may run into include things like siblings
teasing or taunting the new family members. Often you can get help with
therapy, but sometimes it doesn't seem like anything helps to relieve
the situation adoption dissolution is brought up. Most of the time the
children are not bad, but there are medical or health issues that need
to be dealt with but the adoption family is unable to give them the
attention needed. Keep in mind that adoption dissolution is not always
the answer to some of the family problems, but it is also not something
that you should be ashamed about. All situations are different, but
you'll find that adoption dissolution can work for some people.

Sometimes this may be your own option. There are things that you can't
control and there are also things that many adoptions agencies will hide
just to get a child placed. Although, it seems hard, there are some
times that you have to file it. Then there is the child. The child has a
right to file for adoption dissolution as long as they are 14 years of
age. There are a lot of things hidden to children when there is an
adoption in place.

Know Your Rights When Discussing Adoption

When adopting a child you will find that you are creating a whole new
world for them to live in. You will want to research all of the rights
that you have as an adoptive parent. You may know all the different
rights of parents, but when it comes to adoptive parents the rights are

When it comes to adopting a child, you might not know it, but you are
adopting a child for life and you are having the same rights that any
other parent is going to have. You aren't the child's parent until all
the paperwork has been filed and the biological parents have given up
their rights. You have every right that any other parent has, and there
is nothing that can take that away. Remember, when the adoption is
final, you are going to be responsible for the child for the rest of
your or their life. You are never going to be apart from your child once
you have adopted them.

Remember though that there might be differences between the time frames.
If you are considering adopting, there might be a process in which the
birth parent is considering whether or not to give you the rights to
their child, and when you don't know whether or not you will be
considered, you might feel that you have every right in the world, but
you don't. When it comes to going through the adoption, you really don't
have any rights over the child until everything is said and done.. It
all depends on what kind of adoption you are pursuing and what kind of
adopting process you re going through. During a waiting period to adopt,
you and your partner may have no rights to the child. If you are
considering adoption, there might be a waiting period in which you might
not know whether or not you are going to get a certain child, and if
that child's parent decides that they don't want to give it up for
adoption, you are going to have to wait until a new child is available.

If you are at the point where you know that adoption is right for you,
you will want to sign the papers and be given full custody of the child.
Once you are the proud parents of the child you will find that there
aren't any reasons for your child to be taken away from you. Once the
whole experience is over and you have signed the papers, you will find
that you are now the parents of someone.

International Adoptions

International adoption offers may benefits and a few hardships. The
pros of international adoption are as follows: there are a lot of
children to be adopted of both sexes, from infancy and up in age. Once
you have an accepted home study you are all but guaranteed a child.
With international adoptions you know how long it will take (usually
around twelve to eight-teen months). The natural mother will not change
her mind, all the children for international adoption are orphans. Once
you agree to a referral you will become the parent of that child. You
will know in advance how much all the fees are. You will get to travel
to another country. The cons are as follows: you will not get a
newborn; most infants are at least four months old. The Childs heritage
and medical information is not always known. The child might have
development problems, but should bounce back quickly. There is a ton of
paperwork required.

International adopting means that we have to follow the rules and laws
of our country and the country that we are adopting from. Every country
has conditions like age limits, income guidelines, number of children in
the home, maritial stability, and gender (single applicants).

The steps for an international adoption can be difficult. First you
need to decide what country in which you would like to adopt. You
should think about the cultural differences and weather or not you can
really deal with them. Consider your family and friends, talk with them
and ask them what their opinions and thoughts on the matter might be.
You might ask them how they might feel about it. You age and marital
status will help you know what countries you can adopt from. Once you
have done that then you can narrow it down to one.

Once you have chosen a country, you will need to choose an agency that
can help you along the way. You should remember when choosing an agency
you need to feel comfortable about the people that you will be working
with. You also need to make sure that the agencies you are looking at
handle international adoptions. Once you have picked your agency it is
time to start the paperwork. The agency will assign a social worker to
your case. The social worker will come to your home and interview you
and any children in your home. They will also want to interview your
friends and family. This is called an international home study.

Once the home study has been accepted, it is time to start collecting
paperwork for your dossier. All this is, is a collection of paperwork.
A dossier is a requirement for international adoptions. All documents
must be signed and notarized and then sent off to be translated and
approved. Once the dossier is finished and accepted you should start
receiving referrals of children for adoption. Now all you have to do is
accept a referral. You're almost done. It is time to travel to the
country you're adopting from for court, and then usually ten days after
court you get to bring your child home to meet their new family.

Adoption Statistics

In sports, there pundits who oppose using statistics alone to measure a
player's performance. They say that these numbers only tell part of the
story and fail to capture certain intangible aspects of the game that
cannot be quantified. This is particularly true of adoption statistics,
which are unfortunately incomplete. There is no one body which tracks
adoption statistics, leaving what numbers are available scattered
somewhat outdated. Useful figures can still be found, however, and serve
to paint part of the adoption picture.

Perhaps one of the more striking numbers is the number of Americans who
are personally touched by adoption in one way or another. A study done
in 1997 by the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute found that 60% of
Americans had an adoption experience. As defined by the authors of the
study, this means that either the participant or one of their family
members or close friends had adopted, had placed a child for adoption,
or was adopted. Although the research is ten years old, it's still quite
interesting, as its findings mean that people who have been affected by
adoption compose a majority in the United States.

Another tale is told by examining the demographics of women who place
their children for adoption prenatally. As it turns out, the likelihood
that a woman will place their unborn child has an inverse relationship
with socioeconomic status (SES) and level of education within the birth
mother's family. For example, if a woman's mother completed at least one
year of college, then she is statistically three times more likely to
place a child for adoption than a woman whose mother did not finish high
school, according to one study. Researchers explain such trends by
claiming that these women come from families which are generally more
supportive than those of women from lower SES and educational
backgrounds. One California study bucks this trend, however, finding
that women who placed their children tended to not have an education
beyond high school.

It was stated above that most of the extant statistics pertaining to
adoption are inaccurate or outdated. As with all things, however,
financial records remain meticulous, allowing for an accurate estimate
of the costs of adoption. The biggest factor influencing adoption cost
is the kind of agency of involved. A domestic adoption via a public
agency may cost as much as $2500 down to nothing at all. On the other
hand, that same adoption when handled by a private agency can cost as
little as $4000, or upwards of $30,000. The difference is due largely to
the fact that public agencies are subsidized by the state, and private
agencies often offer more support services which can be costly.

As stated above, these statistics paint only a small part of the
picture of adoption. They are merely descriptive, and do not necessarily
predict future adoption figures or trends. They do however, provide a
certain degree of insight and can be useful for those considering either
adopting or placing a child for adoption.

Resources for Adopted Individuals

Adoption is a life-changing event for all involved, from the birth
parents who make the brave decision to give their child up, to the
adoptive parents who make an equally brave decision to welcome that
child as their own. Yet one group which may go overlooked is that of the
adopted children themselves. There are a number of issues that can arise
for these individuals.

If the child was adopted at a very young age, they may not even know
they were adopted until adolescence, or even later. A possible conflict
in identity may result, as these children have spent so much time in an
identity which they may perceive to no longer be valid. Children who
were adopted late enough in life to be cognizant of the process can have
their own issues, as well, perhaps wondering why their original parents
didn't keep them, or having trouble accepting their adoptive parents as
legitimate. Children adopted by parents of an ethnic, racial, or
cultural group other than their own often face a unique conflict as they
try to reconcile the two identities internally.

It has been shown that adult former adoptees suffer from a number of
problems, including struggles with identity, low self-esteem, and
feelings of abandonment. These underlying troubles may lead to further
struggles like alcohol abuse, marital difficulties and depression. Many
adult adoptees will also seek out information about their own genetic
histories, spending years trying to find siblings, parents or any other
biological relatives. The upshot of these issues is that they are
nothing new. They are so frequently encountered that they are known
about and there exist mechanisms to help these individuals cope.

One option is to find a support group. The mere act of connecting with
a group of people who have had similar life experiences and dealt with
similar issues can be beneficial in itself. The cliche is that misery
loves company, and in this case it's true. Seeing that others are going
through some of the same things is reassuring. Support groups provide a
forum in which former adoptees can discuss their experiences and confess
their troubles. National support groups such as ALMA and the American
Adoption Congress are good resources for adult adoptees.

Individual counseling is another option. Some counselors and therapists
specialize in adult adoptees. Some of these professionals are adult
adoptees themselves. The therapeutic intervention can treat a number of
aspects of the adult adoptee experience. Therapy can help the individual
in their interpersonal relationships, help them heal from lingering
feelings of abandonment, and even assist in the search for birth parents
(which can be a cathartic solution in itself). This kind of counseling
can be costly, but some counselors offer group sessions, which may
combine some of the advantages of support groups and individual

For the adopted individual, adoption is a lifelong experience. It does
not end when the adoption is finalized, nor at the onset of adulthood.
It is something that adoptees carry around throughout their lives, and
as such it must be addressed and coped with. Fortunately, there are
resources for these individuals. For those struggling with issues like
those described above, a good starting point is, a
website with resources geared to all people touched by adoption,
including adult adoptees.

Adoption Records

Requirements for gathering information for adoption records are
different in each state. Information about the child being adopted or
the family putting the child up for adoption in put together by the
adoption agency or the local Division of Social Services. A home study
is done to gatherer information about the family and the parents of the
child being put up for adoption.

Information collected on the child being adopted for the adoption
records are basically the same in most states, it includes: medical and
genetic history, a family and social background, mental health history,
religious background, ethnic and racial background, and education level
attained. There are some states that require more information such as
dental history, immunization records, developmental history, and of
course school records. Some adoption Records also hold information on
whether or not the child being put up for adoption is eligible for any
state of federal adoption assistance. Those states include: Michigan,
Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, and Vermont.

The adoption records also include information on the birth parents and
the birth family of the child being put up for adoption. This
information is gathered during a home study as well and it includes
information such as the medical and genetic history of the family, the
family and social background, a mental health history of the family, a
religious background, and the level of education attained by the
parents. Some states require also the physical appearance, talents,
hobbies, field of occupation, and a list of any drugs the birth mother
toke during her pregnancy with the child. There are a few states that
if obtainable, will also provide the adoptive parents with the names,
addresses and any other identifying information about the birth family.
These states are Colorado, New York, and American Samoa.

You should of course also find information on the adoptive family in
the adoption records. Once a family has been chosen for a child they do
a check on the family to make sure that the home will be suitable for
the child being adopted. The information that they collect is
relatively simple. When they do the home study for the adoptive family
they include such things as a criminal background check, and they also
check with the local child abuse registry. They will also include the
adoptive parents' physical health, emotional maturity, financial
situation, and a family and social background.

Montana seems to be the hardest state to adopt from, they ask for
Employment history, history of drug and alcohol abuse, racial ethnic
background, and a history of domestic violence. Montana isn't the only
state that asks for these, they are the only one that asks for all of
them. Michigan, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode
Island, South Dakota, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, Vermont,
Colorado, Illinois, Arizona, and the District of Columbia also ask for
some of these items for the adoption records.

When the paper work for the adoption records is final and the judge has
signed it, depending on what form of adoption they have done the
adoption record is sealed and completely confidential, or is left open
for all to see. If the adoption record is sealed it generally stays
that way until the adopted child comes of age.

International Adoption

When choosing to adopt a child, some prospective parents make the
decision to partake in an international adoption. That is, they choose
to adopt a child from a country other than their own. This process can
be long and full of bureaucratic red tape, especially since it is a
matter conducted entirely between the potential adoptive parents and a
foreign court, which acts on behalf of the foreign government. The
United States government cannot intervene on the parents' behalf. There
a few reasons and some benefits to this option, however.

Aside from the usual reasons for which one would choose to adopt, there
are a couple of reasons why international adoption specifically may be a
preference. One reason can be benevolence. The major countries from
which children are adopted into the United States all have glaring
social problems which drive the international adoption process. China,
for example, has strict population control laws which often force
Chinese parents to give their children (especially girls) up for
adoption. Russia suffers from poverty to such an extent that raising a
child is often not feasible. Americans who adopt children from these
environments and others like them may decide that they wish to rescue a
child from such circumstances and bring him or her into the home.

A second -- and perhaps more substantial -- reason for international
adoption is the decline in availability of children for adoption in the
United States. The number of adoptions which were conducted
transnationally has more than tripled in the last 15 years, due largely
to a decrease in potential adoptees available domestically.

The potential benefits to the adopted child are fairly obvious. She is
raised in a nurturing home by people who wanted the child so badly that
they went to great lengths and expense to adopt her. In nearly all
cases, the child moves up in socioeconomic class after being adopted.
The child may also experience educational opportunities which may not
have otherwise been available. While these benefits may be obvious,
there are more complex and perhaps more obscure impacts on the societies
and cultures involved at both ends of the adoption process.

For those interested in international adoption, there are a number of
resources available. First of all, it is advisable to first learn about
domestic open adoption and explore domestic options before looking
abroad. There can be certain risks associated with international
adoption. That said, there are many children available in more than
fifty countries, all of whom who are legally free for adoption and are
in need of caring homes.

One good place to start on the journey toward adopting a child from
abroad is the website The site has a great number of
resources to answer all questions adoption. They have a section of the
site devoted solely to international adoption
( The United States State Department
also has some information about intercountry adoption available online
( This page
clarifies the role that the U.S. government may be able to play in the
adoption process, as well as providing phone numbers to call for more
information on international adoption.

A final word: international adoption is a long process full of
bureaucratic hurdles. It can be costly and may require prospective
parents to reside in the country of the child's origin for a period of
time before the process is complete. Like all things that require
effort, however, people who endure the process ultimately find it to be

Guatemalan Adoption

Guatemalan courts have asked for changes in adoption proceedings in the
past and this has caused some set backs. Even with these set backs this
program is still attracting American adoptive families. In Guatemala
you can find children at extremely young ages. Americans adopted
roughly 3,783 children from Guatemala in 2005. With Guatemalan adoption
there is no travel required. They also accept single parents. Before
adoptions are approved a DNA test is required by the United States.
This is done to prove the mother-child connection. Six months of
supervision is also required after adopting from Guatemala.

Guatemala's population is made up of Mayan Indians and Latino (mostly
Hispanic and Mayan Indian). Guatemala started doing international
adoption at the end of their thirty-six year Civil War. The war ended
officially in 1996. The reason the United States requires DNA testing
of the child and the birth mother is because there have been rumors of
babies being stolen and sold or place for adoption.

Guatemala has the largest population of all the Central American
countries, with roughly 14,655,189 people. The main products coming out
of Guatemala are coffee, bananas, and sugar. Around seventy-five
percent of the population of Guatemala is below the poverty line.
Guatemala lies between Mexico and El Salvador. It also borders the
North Pacific Ocean.

After you have finished your application, home study and compiled your
dossier and it has all been accepted, you will start to receive referral
from your agency. Once you have chosen the right referral for you, the
adoption agency will contact Guatemala and let them know which child you
have chosen. A Guatemalan attorney will then collect the consent forms,
medical records, and birth certificate. The United States will do the
necessary DNA testing. Once all this is done the attorney goes to court
for you to finish the adoption. He then gets the Childs passport ready.
When all the paperwork and court hearings are finished you have the
choice to either go to Guatemala and pick up your child or have the
child escorted to you.

In Guatemalan adoptions you can be married, or single, meaning single
men and single women can adopt. The only real requirement is that the
adopting parents be under the age of fifty years old. Referrals
generally start around three to six months after your paperwork has been
received. Once you accept a referral it takes about eight months for
the adoption to become final.

An international protocol was endorsed by law makers, because the
United States said they will stop allowing American parents adopt
Guatemalan children. Guatemala has been told that it needs to make
provisions of its secret systems. These systems have been criticized
due to high adoptive cost and for payment being made to the women and
young girls placing their children up for adoption. Guatemalan adoption
is still probably on the better choices for single adoptive parents due
to the flexibility of their current protocol. Also with private
lawyer's currently still in charge of a great deal of the process, this
is also a good alternative for people currently turned down for domestic

Vietnam Adoptions

With Vietnam adoptions children age ranges between four months and
twelve months, older children are always available as well. There are
more boys than girls to adopt, and if you are dead set on a girl it may
take longer to find one. The majority of children are healthy, although
there is a problem of low birth weight and premature birth.

They ask that married couples should be married for at least two years.
People who have been divorced before may adopt as long as they have not
had more than two divorces. Individuals who are straight may also
adopt. To qualify for a Vietnam adoption you must be at least twenty
years older than the child you wish to adopt. Adoptive parents under
fifty years old are allowed to adopt a baby, while parents over fifty
years old can only adopt older children. In Vietnam adoptions parents
who have a large family already may not be allowed to adopt, while
parents with no children are not allowed to be gender specific. Parents
with a child or two are able to be specific.

The time frame for a Vietnam adoption is not possible to approximate.
In 2005 Vietnam passed new adoption laws. Before the new laws it would
take about seven-teen months. Vietnam adoptions seen to be fairly
popular, but may be slowing down, due to other programs. Vietnam is a
poverty stricken, densely populated country. These conditions have
resulted in children being left o abandoned or orphaned.

Once your home study has been accepted you will start to get referrals
with pictures and medical information. When you have decided on a
referral you can gather and compile your dossier. The dossier will be
sent to the Vietnamese authorities to be looked over. Once the dossier
has been approved by the Vietnamese authorities you will be able to go
to Vietnam to pick up your child. Only one parent is required to travel
but it is recommended that both parents travel to see the country. Your
stay in Vietnam will usually be anywhere from ten to fourteen days.
While in Vietnam it is recommended that you indulge your senses and go
on several different sight seeing trips. The total cost including
agency fees, visas and embassy fees, foreign fees, courier fees, home
study fees, documentation fees, hotels, and plane tickets, is usually
around $25,000.00 to $30,000.00.

Religious beliefs in Vietnam are different as they are here. Buddhism
seems to be the largest religion in Vietnam. But the Vietnamese also
believe in Islam, Christianity, Confucianism, and Taoism. Their main
food source is rice. The Vietnamese are extremely good at preparing
vegetarian meals. Vietnam is a very mountainous country.

Interest in Vietnam adoptions have seemed to soar since they have
opened back up in 2006. America is a melting pot of different cultures
and races. Unfortunately people have an issue understanding that this
is how it all started. This is how American came to be what it is
today. By having Americans adopt from Vietnam shows people that race
does not matter and that our cultures mixing together make this world a
better place.

Russian Adoption

Children in Russia for adoption range in age from six months to six
years and up. Almost all the children in Russia up for adoption are
behind in growth and development due to being institutionalized. Once
these children are in a family environment they bounce back. There are
a variety of ethnicities such as Asian, Gypsy, Mediterranean, and
Caucasian. Children of both sexes are available, but there are more
boys than girls. Russian children will remain on the adoption list for
six months before being considered for international adoption. This way
they have a chance to be adopted by a Russian family. Many of the
children in Russian orphanages come from teenage pregnancies, although a
few are truly orphans. A handful of them are there because the families
couldn't afford to care for them.

The Russian adoption program has remained stable, and is second to the
top country that Americans choose to adopt from. Americans adopted
around 4,639 Russian children in 2005. The Russian Government began a
review in 2005 of international adoption procedures, and changes are
expected. Fees range from agency to agency but are usually somewhere
around $19,900 to $25,500. This does not include travel, immigration
filing, visa, document preparation or collection.

In order to start a Russian adoption you should choose an agency that
deals with Russian adoptions or international adoptions. You should
research the different agencies and request information packets from the
ones that you might be interested in. In Russia only married couples or
single women can adopt. They believe the woman to be the main
caregiver. Once you have chosen an agency, you can begin you journey
for a Russian adoption. The entire Russian adopting process usually
takes about nine months. You start by doing a home study. The home
study is basically a report on what the social worker has found out
about the adoptive parents. Once you have finished the home study you
will have to complete the Dossier. This is paper work that the Russian
Government requires.

Before having your paper work for your dossier notarized, ask when the
notary's commission expires. Most countries require that the notary's
commission be valid for at least a year past the date they witness a
signature. When the paper work has been gathered and notarized, your
agency will send it to Russia to be translated and notarized, and then
they will give the paper work to the Russian authorities.

When a child is ready for adoption your agency will give you notice
that there is a referral waiting for you. They used to just send you a
picture and travel information, but in April of 2000, Russia changed the
regulations to include that the adopting parents must receive their
referrals personally, before the Russian Ministry on Education. When
you receive your referral it should include a video tape of the child
and any medical information on the child. If for some reason you are
not happy with the referral, then your agency should work with you until
you are happy. Once you are satisfied with your referral your agency
will contact the Russian authorities to prepare the documents for the
child being adopted. When the paper work is finished your agency should
then contact you and let you know of your departure date and any travel
information that you may need to know. Once you agree to a referral,
families will take two trips to Russia. Most adoptive children are
ready within six months of finding a family. Trip one is usually five
to seven days. Usually one month after agreeing to the referral.

Families generally wait two to four months between the first and second
trip. The second trip is usually about ten days. The adopted child
will be able to go home ten days after the court hearing. In Russia if
you get along well with your facilitator it will make it easier in the
long run if you ever decide to adopt from Russia again.

The Status of International Adoptions from Russia

For Americans looking to adopt internationally, Russia has long been
had a stable adoption program. Russia has typically been the third most
popular sending country for international adoptions in the United
States. Russian children who are given up for adoption typically are so
because the poverty level in the country is such that raising a child
would be difficult or impossible for the lower class parents. The result
is that a large number of Russian children are made available for
foreign adoption.

Recently, however, attempts at reform within the Russian adoption
system have led to major delays in the adoption process. A recently
passed Russian law requires adoption agencies to be re-accredited. The
process of applying for and being granting accreditation and licensing
has proven to be a slow one, resulting in the delays that are currently
being seen.

Applications for accreditation must be reviewed by five Russian
government ministries: Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health,
Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. One of these
ministries sometimes requires clarification or additional information on
certain applications, which leads to further delay. The website for the
United States Embassy in Moscow cites one example in which the Ministry
of Justice recently returned several applications to the agencies,
asking for further information1. The Ministry of Education can only sign
off on the accreditation after receiving approval from each of the four
other ministries. At the time of this writing (May 30, 2007) the
Ministry of Education had not announced a date by which the review will
be complete, and no adoption agencies had yet been accredited by the

These postponements in the adoption process have had some other
consequences, as well. For example, prospective adoptive parents are
having trouble traveling to Russia for their adoption visits. Russian
adoptions require two such visits, the first being about a week and the
second lasting two to three weeks. The Russian government issues visas
to adopting parents for these visits, with specific parameters
indicating the dates of the visit. However, because all adoptions are
falling behind schedule, Americans are attempting to travel to Russia
outside the dates specified on their visas. This can be especially
problematic if they are able to travel to Russia, but wind up staying
beyond the departure date of the visa. Significant delays in departing
Russia can occur.

For the moment, adoptions in Russia are still mired in the bureaucratic
accreditation process. The Russian government and the Ministry of
Education are unable to say when the review might be over and adoptions
will be back up to speed. For those wishing to adopt a Russian child, it
is still possible to do so, but one should be prepared to weather a
significant waiting period. If enduring the process is not feasible,
there are plenty of other countries with available children to consider.
Some other viable options include China, South Korea, Guatemala, and
many countries in Africa. News and updates on the Russian adoption
process are available from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow website:

Typical Open Adoption

When it comes to having an open adoption you will find that there are
some basic things that you'll need to keep in mind. First, you have to
understand that the biological parents are permitted to have contact
with the baby and they are able to have some type of relationship with
the child. This doesn't mean that the child needs to see them or that
you have to write to them. This could mean that you send pictures or
that they send you things. You'll want to think of this as an agreement
to keep each other updated. You also will find that the paperwork on the
parents will still be open for the child, if they want to search for
their biological parents.

You'll be the one that they see the most and also the one that they
begin to bond with. Keep in mind that you should talk to the biological
parents if you feel uncomfortable with the biological parents calling.
You'll want to keep some of the contact to a minimum or you may want to
have an open relationship for your child's sake.

There are definitely some rules that need to be laid down. You'll need
to talk this out before the adoption and set the rules straight. This
will help to deal with some of the stress that may be caused by having
this joint relationship. You'll find that some biological parents will
become very upset when pics are late or when they are missing their
contact time.

Keep in mind that an open adoption can be as little as giving the
biological names to the adoptive parents or as much as having real
contact with the family.

Tran Racial Adoption

Tran racial adoption is where a colored child is placed with white
parents. Hoping that the color difference would not match up to the
love and belonging the child would feel with its new family. There are
fewer young white children available for adoption, leaving adoptive
parents feeling the need to reach out and help any child in need,
regardless of race. There are different opinions on Tran racial
adoption, one is that a child should be put in a home with at least one
parent of the same race. Others believe that race should not be
considered at all.

To prepare for adoption it is important for everyone, but even more
important if you're contemplating Tran racial adoption to consider a few
things. When thinking of Tran racial adoption one should think about
your personnel beliefs and you attitude toward race and ethnicity. When
you adopt a child who is considered different, the entire family will be
different. One needs to remember that to some, different is strange and
sometimes scary. Not everyone will understand your decision to adopt
Tran racially. Here are a few more things to ask yourself, where you
live, is it integrated? Are the schools in your area integrated? Do
you have friends that are different races and ethnicity?

To Tran racially adopt you need to become seriously involved in
parenting, you can not allow racially or ethnically prejudice remarks in
your home. You will need to encompass your family with support. You
should celebrate all cultures and do not be afraid to discuss race and
culture. Most importantly you should be there for your child and let
them know that no matter what someone says to them and no matter how bad
it hurts them that you are there for them and that you love them.
Parents of Tran racial adoption should encourage themselves and allow
themselves to believe strongly that their family belongs together. You
should make it very clear that it is not ok to make fun of people who
are different. Teach your child to stand up to prejudice without
starting fights. They should learn to use their words not their fists.

Many agencies are not open about Tran racial adoption policies, because
it is such a touchy subject. You should ask your agency about how they
feel about it. Tran racial adoption was the subject of a bill before
congress in 1994, and after an intense debate they found that they
agreed on one thing, that all adults of all backgrounds need to help
adopted children of all backgrounds reach their potential.

Tran racial adoption began after World War II, when there was a large
number of children without a home or family. American adoptive couples
were not always childless, but simply family oriented. Parents who
adopt Tran racially can not ignore the fact that they become a minority
family. They will be subjected to questions, odd looks, and prejudice
remarks. Research shows that children raised in a Tran racial
environment tend to handle the cultural gap extremely well, and that
parents who adopt Tran racially have to work harder than same race
parents, this way they can empower their children and teach them about
different cultures and backgrounds.

All in all, Tran racial adoption could be a wonderful experience for
the right family. You might have to work a little harder, but from what
I have found it is all worth the effort.

Same Sex Adoptions

Studies have shown that children tend to blossom in same sex families.
The problem is that only one parent is allowed to adopt. By not
allowing both parents to adopt the child, it means that he law can not
protect the rights of the co-parent. The co-parent should have rights
such as knowing that if something where to happen to the other parent
they would still be able to care for the child. The co-parent should
also have rights if for some reason the couple should split up. The co-
parent needs to be allowed to make decisions such as for medical
treatment or for educational purposes.

Research has also shown that there are really is not a difference
between straight and non straight couples when it comes to parenting.
Both want what is best for their children. Just because a child is
raised by a same sex couple does not meant that they are going to grow
up to be non straight. But they do tend to handle people of different
cultures better.

The outcome of a child being raised in a same sex home is unknown.
Many same sex couples are finding it more and more difficult to adopt
and instead turn to insemination or sera get mothers. Some states allow
one parent to adopt and then the second parent to do a domestic
stepparent adoption. There are no international adopting countries that
allow same sex couples either and if you gay or lesbian and single, if
you keep your sexuality under wraps you may have better luck adopting.
In Massachusetts, California, and Vermont, where same sex marriage is
legal, they still recommend that the second parent file for stepparent
adoption. This way the federal government will recognize the legality
of the parent-child relationship.

Other than there unique hang ups and legal difficulty, the process is
typically the same. A home study is required. So are the standard
background checks. None of the steps are different, only getting those
accomplished takes some breaking through taboos and stereo types. In
general a lot of red tape. In some cases things tend to go right
through when the judge is on your side, if he or she is not then there
could be friction there too.

Regardless of where you decide to adopt, one thing is for certain due
to how new this idea is for mainstream America same sex adoptions are
likely to be an uphill battle for some time to come. Gay and lesbian
couples will still be able to adopt after overcoming the challenges of
their sexual orientation. And though little is known about how same sex
parenting impacts a child raised in these circumstances, one could
scrutinize that many have adopted already, and there are a lot of well
adjusted children living in those situations, or it would not still be

Same Sex Adoption

For individuals in same sex partnerships who wish to have children,
adoption is one a few options. The legality of same sex adoption,
however, can often be ambiguous, obscure, or just plain confusing as it
varies from state to state in the U.S. and across countries around the

One form of same sex adoption is called "second parent adoption," in
which one partner can adopt the biological or adoptive child of the
other partner without terminating the parental rights of the parent. So,
theoretically, one member of a same sex partnership could adopt a child
as a single parent. Then, the other partner could adopt the same child,
essentially making each partner a parent to the child. This process
would not work in Florida or Utah. The former forbids adoption by a
homosexual, and the latter does not allow adoption by anyone in a
cohabiting relationship that is not a legal marriage. Oddly enough,
single people may adopt in Utah.

Second parent adoption within same sex partnerships is explicitly
permitted in the states of California, Connecticut, Illinois,
Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and
Washington, as well as in Washington, D.C. In the remaining 38 states,
however, any laws regarding adoption by same sex couples are ambiguous
at best. With the legal status of civil unions and same sex marriages
being pushed to the forefront as a social issue, it may only be a matter
of time before these ambiguities and obscurities are shaken out.

Much of the reason for the lack of explicit language on same sex
adoption is that it is relatively new as a social issue, at least within
the public consciousness. Another reason is because it is often seen as
such a controversial subject. It is a hotly contested issue, with firmly
held opinions on each side.

Some opponents object to gay adoption on moral grounds. They feel that
homosexuality is amoral in itself, and so adoption by homosexuals is
amoral by extension. They may also believe that participants in same sex
relationships cannot perform as well as parents as traditional
heterosexual parenting units. Several organizations, among them the
American Psychological Association and the American Academy of
Pediatrics hold that homosexual couples are just as qualified to be
parents as heterosexual couples.

There are others who fear that being raised by a same sex couple will
influence a child to be homosexual, or that there may be a detrimental
effect on the child's overall well-being. Research has shown that this
is not the case, however, as the sexual orientation of parents is not
related to that of their children and that children of same sex couples
perform just as well on several measures of overall well-being. What's
more, a study conducted UCLA estimates that disallowing adoption by LGBT
couples can cost the United States between $87 million and $120 million
annually. Researchers say this is because these couples are often
willing to adopt children that heterosexual couples are not, such as
older children, children with behavioral problems, and children who are
HIV positive. If these children go unadopted, the financial strain of
their care falls on the foster care system, sapping government funds.

Same sex adoption remains a controversial issue, but one on which
progress is being made. Same sex couples interested in adopting are
encouraged to research laws in their area and investigate possible

Reading about Adoptions and Open Adoptions

Adoption is one of the ways that you can become a parent. There are lot
of people who have tried to be apparent, but for some reason was unable
to have children. You will find that the possibilities for parenthood is
adopting. You will find that adopting a child is where you have a child
for life, and raise the child as your own. You will find that the child
needs to be treated like your biological children, or how you would
treat them. A child that you adopt is yours no matter what anyone says.

There are several different types of adoptions, and one of them is
called an open adoption. In many states, it was getting harder and
harder to find parents who were willing to give their children up for
adopting because it was very hard for those parents to ever have contact
with those children again. There are many people who end up keeping
their child because they don't want strangers to have the child even if
they are unable to care for the child. When a person kept a child even
though they didn't want to have children, there was going to be a higher
percentage of neglect and abuse happening. This is because many mothers
feel the need to either give up their child and deal with never being
able to see them or right the wrong by being a good parent at some
point, but instead decide to keep them, even if they don't want the

States have created open adoptions to help the mothers who are willing
to give up their children and their parental rights. You will find that
these adoptions will allow the biological mother to make arrangements
with the parents and the courts to have some type of contact with the
child. Basically, this is where the mother or father will be sent
letters and continuous updates about the child's condition and
happiness. Today, more and more adoptive parents are accepting the
biological parents as part of the child's life. They allow the children
to have a relationship with their biological parents. This is one of the
reasons why birth mothers feel more comfortable giving up their child
for adoption; they can make sure that the child is loved and happy
through every minute of their lives.

Putting Your Child Up For Adoption

When it comes to putting up your child for adoption, you have to
consider that it is one of the most difficult things that you'll ever
have to do as a parent. You'll find that your decision is a symbol of
love and you know that it is in the best interest of your child. You'll
find that as a parent, you may want to go towards adoption, but there
are many things that are holding you back from being comfortable with
the situation. They are many ways that you can put your child up for
adoption, but there are many more reasons why it may be best.

There are a lot of parents who are so young. They are too young to be
good mothers and fathers. They are unable to take care of themselves,
let alone a child. It is in the best interest of the child to be put up
for adoption, because they need to be realized in a stable environment.
For a child, you need to have a good environment for them emotionally
and financially. Children are very needy and expensive and you need to
be able to give them everything and sacrifice a lot on your own part.

When it comes to closed adoption you will be handing your baby over to
an agency and they will place the child. This means that you are unable
to keep close communications with your child. It also protects your own
privacy as well. Some agencies feel that it is best when it comes to
adoptions because it can be difficult to have to deal with both the
biological and the adoption parents when raising a child.

Petz 5 Adoptions

Petz 5 adoptions are the newest alternative to owning a pet. A Petz 5
adoption gives you a little bundle of cyber joy. It is a program that
you can download on to your computer that allows you to raise cyber
pets. These cyber pets require the same things as a real pet. You have
to feed them by selecting the kind of food that they should have, there
are healthy things that you can give them and then there are treats. You
have to train them and give them affection all through your computer
interface. There are several sites that offer petz 5 adoptions you can
adopt almost anything that you can think of, from dogs to cats, rabbits
and even birds. They are adopted as kittinz or puppyz then through the
proper care and attention they grow to maturity and can have litters and
families of there own.

If you neglect a petz then if simply runs away. Most sites give you a
petz owner rating to tell you what kind of pet owner you are. There are
many good reasons to adopt a petz instead of a pet. Some of those
reasons include limited space, at the office too much, parents won't let
you have a pet until you prove yourself, and there is also the expense
factor. Once you buy the program, most cost a small fee some are even
free, there is no additional cost such as food, training ect. ect.

Some of 5the other benefits include you are not stuck with just one
kind of pet. You can go out and get all manner of petz once you have
the platform for it. They are heart warming little things to have on
your desktop. Some play with them like a game while still others use
them as an alternative to actually owning a pet.

Though it is primarily a game and software that is mostly free, you
still must be at least 13 years of age to adopt a petz and agree to the
license agreement. Once you start having litterz you can place your petz
up for adoption. Some come with names some just have numbers. Word to
the wise do not get too many going at one time or you will never be able
to keep up to all of them. The feeding and training and loving can get
to be a little much if you have too many petz at one time. If they get
to where they feel neglected remember they will run away and your
ratting will go down.

This is a fun game and is defiantly a place to start for young people
that want to adopt a pet, for older people that can't have pets or for
people that have pets and just love there computer. The programs are
user friendly easy to install and use, and most importantly fun.

Dog Adoptions

Dog adoption generally refers to the taking over of ownership and
responsibility of a dog, which the last owner gave up. You can find dog
adoptions through a shelter, rescue group, or through a non-for-profit
organization online. Dogs end up in shelters for many reasons, such as
its owner dies, someone has to move or their financial situation
changes, a dog is lost and can not find its way home, a person develops
health problems and can no longer care for the dog, or develops
allergies. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that three
to four million dogs and cats are euthanized every year, due to a lack
of homes.

The adoption process for dogs is fairly simple and can take anywhere
from thirty minutes to two days. To adopt a dog you will need to fill
out an application and a questionnaire. If both are accepted the
shelter will call any landlords that you might have, to make sure you
can have the dog where you live. If this checks out then in some cases,
someone will come out to your home and make sure you have an adequate
home and yard for the dog to live in. Once this is complete you will be
asked to pay an adoption fee, ranging from $50.00 to $350.00. Then the
dog will be spayed or neutered before going home. There is no exception
to this rule, it is a must. Two to three days after surgery you will be
able to pick your new pet up and take it home.

When adopting a dog you need to make sure that you pick a dog that
matches your living situation and your needs. There is a big difference
in dog personalities, so depending on what the dog will be primarily for
is depending on what bread you will want. You should also remember that
not all dog breads are good with children and some breeds are not good
with other animals. Where as allot can be told by breeds or what breads
make up the mix, each dog will have its own personality. The
temperament varies, and is unique to each individual dog. Most places
that do dog adoptions will allow you a visitation period, some will even
require it. This is a good idea and should be taken advantage of.
Spending time with a potential dog will tell you volumes about their
individual unique personality. This can also clue you in on weather or
not they will be good with children and other animals.

Dog adoption is a big responsibility and should not be taken lightly.
Remember to research, and take advantage of all the extras your local
shelter offers. If your shelter offers a visitation it should be taken
advantage of, bring your children and any other pets that you might
have. Check with you local shelter and rescues to find out what they
require as far as adopting a dog. You might also ask them what their
fees are and if they offer animal visitation. Once you have done the
research then you can begin your process of a dog adoption.
Dog Adoption

Paloma is a runner. She loves to run. She doesn't run anywhere in
particular, mind you, she just enjoys the experience. Sometimes she gets
to run in wide open spaces, like at the park, sometimes she runs
alongside her mom's bike, and sometimes she just runs back and forth
through the house. To her, it doesn't much matter, just as long as she
gets to run. The way her life started out, however, it was possible that
she might never have gotten the chance.

Paloma is a one-year-old half English setter/half English pointer mix.
Her name, which is Spanish for "dove," was bestowed upon her because as
a very young puppy, she was entirely white. The result of an accidental
breeding between two show dogs, Paloma and her six sisters were
unexpected and unwanted by the owners of both parent dogs. Fortunately,
all seven dogs made their way to a pointer rescue shelter, and have
since all found happy homes.

Paloma's story is not a unique. Thousands of dogs across the country
are in need of rescuing and go unadopted. Often these animals spend the
rest of their lives in shelters, colloquially known as "the pound."
Those that are not cannot be adopted are euthanized. The reasons these
dogs wind up in shelters vary. Some of them were bought as Christmas
presents for a child, but soon the parents had second thoughts as it
became clear that the puppy might be more trouble than they anticipated.
Others ran away and were picked up by animal control or the local human
society, but went unclaimed by their owners. Still others had to be
given up due to their owner's allergies or other health problems. Yet
most of these dogs still have plenty of years of companionship and
affection left in them, and would love nothing more than to be taken in
by someone who will love and care for them.

Some people may be hesitant to adopt a shelter dog, for fear of health
or behavior problems. While some dogs may have behavior problems as a
result of being abused or neglected by their previous owners, not all
shelter dogs are like this, and those that are can usually be re-trained
by someone who happens to be particularly patient. Dog lovers are
encouraged to ask questions about a dog's background before adopting, in
order to avoid potential problems and frustrations. Nearly all shelters
will not allow a dog to be adopted until any health problems have been
successfully treated. Any information on treatment of chronic conditions
or other special needs will be passed on to the new owner.

If you or someone you know is in search of a new best friend, consider
a trip to the local shelter instead of the pet store. Adoption is often
cheaper than buying a puppy, and the dogs are just as friendly and
loving, if not more so. Plus, most are already housebroken! To get
started on the search a new best friend, call your local humane society
or search online at

Free Dog Adoptions

The orphaned pet population on a world wide scale continues to increase
at a rapid speed and is becoming an epidemic. The need for loving homes
is larger than ever. The reason for this problem is owners who fail to
spay or neuter their pets. Some organizations are even offering
veterinarian reimbursement to owners who have their pets fixed.

There are some places that offer free dog adoption clinics, which
excite people to come in and meet some of the dogs in need of a home.
If you find a dog you wish to adopt at one of these clinics you must
first fill out an application. The cost of spay or neutering and the
dogs vaccinations may be required and generally are less than $200.00.
Considering what a new dog generally cost, it's truly a small price to
pay. Some store offer savings or a reward plan when adoption papers are
shown. This is their way of showing their support and thanking you for
helping a homeless pet.

Although these are called free dog adoptions, there are more fees to
consider other than the retail price of the dog. One should remember
that a new dog will need shots and vet care. The dog will also require
leashes, collars, food, and possibly dog training classes. If you are
sure that you can spend the time and money on a dog then you should
check with your local animal shelters for your free dog adoption. Most
pet shelters do not charge for the pet, but rather charge a fee for the
veterinarian care. You can also look for free dog adoptions in the
classified section of your local news paper.

When choosing a dog for a free adoption you should look to see how the
dog is being treated. Make sure the kennel is clean, that there is food
and water. Dogs that are mistreated or neglected can have behavioral
problems. Do some research and decide which kind of dog you would like
to adopt. Do not do a free adoption because you are unable to buy a
dog. Do a free dog adoption because you want to welcome a homeless dog
into your home and your heart.

Basically what needs to happen is you need to research for what kind of
dog you might want to adopt, look at the temperament and personality
characteristics. Then you need to contact your local shelter and or
rescue group and ask them about free dog adoptions and if they offer it.
You will also want to ask them how much veterinarian fees usually run.
Then you need to go and start looking for the right dog for you. Now
remember that this may take more than one trip. Once you have found the
right dog it will be time to start the application process. You may
also be required to do a home study so to speak. This is where someone
form the shelter comes to your home and makes sure that your yard and
home are adequate for a dog. Once the application process is finished
you will be required to pay the veterinarian fees and then you can take
you new dog home.

Dogs For Adoption

There is a lot to think about when adopting a dog. There are some
things that should be taken into consideration. Some of those things
include what kind of dog, weather it be purebred or mixed breed, male or
female, age, full grown size, and your individual needs, and wants.

There are a whole lot of dogs out there up for adoption, the good news
is that a lot of them would probably fit into your unique situation
well. The bad news is there are several that probably will not. Let's
start with breed. Weather it is a pure bred Dog you want to adopt or a
mix breed you can generally tell how big it will be and a few things
about its general temperament by some simple breed research. While you
can't learn everything about that particular dog you can learn quite a
bit about the kind of dog that you would want to adopt. Certain breeds
are said not to be as good with children as others however, some of
those very same breeds are better at home security. So again it comes
down to what it is that you want out of the dog you are trying to adopt.

Size can also be told by breed, or at least guessed at by what breeds
make up your mix. Some dogs for adoption should only reach five pounds
where others may grow well over two-hundred and five. So If you are
looking for a large dog you should look into larger breeds such as,
Great Danes, Rottwillers, Saint Bernard's, Great Pyrenees, Labradors and
so on. If your individual needs require a smaller companion than maybe a
medium sized dog say around thirty to sixty pounds is what you are
looking for in the dog that you adopt. In that case maybe you should
look into breeds or mixes that include some of the following: Collie,
Sheperd, Spits, Spaniel, Boxer, or chow just to name a few. Though
sometimes they are considered more hyperactive your dog adoption needs
require a small dog to adopt. In this case you may want to look at
breeds such as, Tea cup poodles, Daushound, Papillion, Bichon Frise,
Pomeranian, and so many others in the miniature category.

The age of the dog that you are to adopt can also be of great
importance to a person. With age comes some benefits, generally they are
already house trained or are outside animals that have grown accustom to
life that way. An older animal will be less likely to steal your
slippers as a chew toy, or eat the paper rather than bringing it to you.
Puppies on the other hand can be a hand full, however you get to decide
how they are trained and what things the can and can't do in your house
from day one. Though they generally learn fast, they require much more
time and attention than an older animal. Puppies have more energy and
less control they need constant supervision, and lots of loving
attention. The payoff for all your hard work is a very attached dog that
will be loyal. There are pros and cons to any age dog that you chose to
adopt, the choice is really about what fits your situation.

The process is quite simple and will require a small adoption fee. In
some cases you will be required to submit an application so that you can
be verified as a good pet owner. It is recommended that you visit with
the dog on site, if you have children bring them with you so that you
can see how the dog will interact with them. All in all adopting a dog
is a rewarding adventure.

Small Dog Adoptions

Adopting a small dog can be done through several different avenues.
Shelters are a good source for finding small dogs to adopt, both pure
bread and mixed breads alike. The process is rather simple and
generally requires an adoption fee and sometimes a pet owner check.
This helps them to know what kind of pet owner you have been in the
past. It is always a good idea to spend time with the dog before you
adopt it. If you have children you should bring them along for the
first orientation.

Some small dog breads have bread specific medical conditions. For
instance Daushounds of regular or miniature variety are more prone to
back and hip problems. Some simple bread research will reveal most of
these medical issues.

Another avenue for small dog adoption would be rescues. Some of the
more popular breads such as, bichon frise, Papillion, miniature pincher,
dashound, Yorkshire, pug, Boston terrier ect.. Have bread specific
rescues. Other rescues are more general and have mixed breads as well.
If after you have finished your research, you found that particular
bread fits you better, this avenue would probably work best for you.

Some small dog breads should not be adopted if there are small children
in the home. Breads such as pugs and miniature boxers are just a
couple. The smaller breads are too easy for a small child to hurt.
This can happen by falling on them or stepping on them. Also some small
dog breads are more likely to nip and bite. Small dogs should be
adopted into a home where there are older people or a family with older

Small dogs are rambunctious and require attention. They need room to
run. Small dogs tend to be more hyper than larger dogs. These are
things that you should consider when wanting to adopt a small dog.
Other things to consider when wanting to adopt a small dog are time,
money, and love. Whenever you adopt a dog large or small you should
make sure that you have time to take care of it. You also need to make
sure that you have the money to deal with any medical issues and
mandatory maintenance of the dog. Then of course there is love all
animals need love to survive and grow. Small dogs make good pets for
apartment dwellers and anyone who likes to have a warm lap. Also it is
good to remember that in most cases it is easier to control a ten pound
dog than it is a do twice that size.

You should weigh your options and look at the pros and cons of small
dog adoption. Take in our surrounding and ask yourself if this is
what's right for you. Check with your landlord to see if there are any
pet policies, and maybe talk to someone you know that has a small dog or
has adopted a small dog. Make sure that the decision you make is the
right one for you and your situation.

Using the Internet to Adopt a Pet

Some people are dog people. Some people are cat people. Others may be
rabbit, hamster, fish, parrot or iguana people. Pets may great
companions, and there are as many different kinds of companions as there
are people who adore them. Whatever your particular taste, when shopping
for a new pet, consider adopting an animal from a shelter as an
alternative to high priced pet stores. One convenient way to do this is
to use a website like The selection is fantastic, and you
can search without having to leave the house!

An advantage to beginning the pet search online is the powerful search
tools at your disposal. At, for instance, a search
function allows users to narrow down animals based on breed, age, size,
gender, and range (i.e., how far the animal is from the person
searching). Looking for a female Shih Tzu near Montclair, NJ? There are
well over 100 listings on PetFinder.

Over 200,000 animals are listed at any given time, all easily
searchable and most with pictures. You're not limited to just dog, cats,
and the occasional hamster, either. Sites like PetFinder have listings
for all types of animals, from pigs to snakes and alpacas to sugar
gliders. Simply specify the type of animal you're after in the search
box, and watch how many results you get. Need a gecko near Castle Rock,
CO? Done and done.

Many people hear the term "pet adoption" and think that only adult
animals can be adopted. Perhaps you're hesitant to adopt an adult
animal. After all, part of the experience of owning a pet is raising and
training it as your own. But while puppies and kittens are awfully cute,
they are also a handful. They require a lot of work, training and
patience. They have more energy than you may have ever though possible,
and they are in constant need of attention. For some, the joy of a baby
animal is worth enduring these difficulties. For those who want an
animal but not the aggravation, mature pets are the way to go. A lot of
the animals on pet adoption websites are from shelters, so there are
plenty of adults available...but there are also plenty of adorable
puppies and kittens who need homes, too. Whichever is your preference,
you will be able to find it online.

Once you've narrowed down your search, you can start looking at
listings. A lot of information, including picture previews, is available
right from the listing summary. The animal's location, breed, general
age, gender and name are listed right on the results page. There are
also icons that give any special housing needs, such as for animals who
need to be in a home without small children or other animals. When you
see an animal you like, click on its name to read more about it. From
there, it's just a matter of a phone call or e-mail to initiate the
eventual process of adoption.

Adopting a pet is a great option as an alternative to pet store
animals. The Internet can make the process easier by making the search
simpler and more convenient. To see examples of such sites, or to begin
your own pet search, visit or

Open Adoption With Biological Family Contact

For those who do not understand what an open adoption is, you'll find
that this is the type of adoption where you are able to have the child
get information about the biological parents or still maintain a
relationship with the biological parents through contact. You will find
that with the open adoption, you'll have certain options. You will be
able to keep the contact open with not just the parents, but the
biological family. You'll want to consider thinking about what an open
adoption means to you and to the child. There are some obvious benefits
to the open adoption and there are some drawbacks.

You may end up finding that by having this open adoption you may end up
getting some advice that you don't wish to have. You'll find that there
are some times where the biological parents are going to tell you how
they think that the child should be raised, and that will be hard to
deal with, especially when you believe that you have the final say, but
the biological parents feel that its their responsibility to see that
the child is raised correctly as well.

You'll find that there are some things that sound appealing, but you'll
also want to keep in mind that there are times where it may make the
adoption harder. It can be very hard to see the biological family and
also it may be hard to see the mother or father with your adopted child.
You will begin to feel envious and it may hit you a lot harder than you
may ever expect.

The best way to deal with an open adoption is to try to set up some
strict rules that everyone can agree on. This will help you to feel like
you are still in control, but also give the biological parents a piece
of mind about the child's adoption.

Learn More About Adopting Relatives

There are tons of reasons why people adopt a child instead of having one
of their own. You will find that adopting could make you a better person
and parent if you think about adoption as a way to love and care for
someone who doesn't have parents or someone to love them. That is just
one of the many reasons why adoption might be a good idea for you.

However, there are other reasons that you might want to adopt a child as
well. Many people will adopt a child that is relative of theirs because
of the sudden death or illness of a family member.

Sometimes these situations arise because you are feeling that you want
to keep children in a family, and it might be that the only way that you
can keep the children in the family. There are going to be times when
something happens and the parents are unable to take care of their
child. If you know someone who is in this type of situation, you may
want to adopt so that the children don't end up in the foster system.
If you don't want your family to have to go into foster care, you might
consider trying to take custody of your relative's child as much as you
can so that they can stay in the family.

Remember that in these situations it is often important that you call a
family meeting and talk to all of the family members that have been
affected by this. You should make sure that everyone is in agreement in
what should happen to the kids and who is best fit to take care of them.
This might become important later on, because often taking care of
children is something that makes family ties strained.

Even if you end up caring for a child that belongs to a family member
for a short period of time, you may end up adopting them sooner or
later. You will want to make sure that you are absolutely positive that
this is something that you will want for the rest of your life. You will
find that a normal adoption will allow you to sign the papers and become
a responsible parent for the rest of the child's life. You will want to
make sure that you take the children in account, as to the decision to
adopt. You will find that it's going to be a family affair where the
whole family will be needed to raise the child. You will also want to
understand how the birth parents feel about their rights being taken

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