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How to Be an Adoption Advocate

Road-Tested Tips for Families By Katherine Mikkelson

from Adoptive Families Magazine, July/August 2003

"As an attorney, I used to advocate for my clients. But when I left work at the end of the day, my cases and my lawyering skills stayed at the office. A few years ago, however—about the time Zack, my oldest, entered preschool—I noticed that my professional skills had crossed over into my dealings with friends,

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Wrongful Adoption: What It Is, What It Is Not

After we adopted our daughter, we discovered that she had significant medical problems. We think our adoption agency was aware of this but didn’t tell us. Is there anything we can do? By Sam Totaro

From 2003 Adoptive Families Magazine.

"In the vast majority of cases, adopted children do not have any significant impairment, and adjust well. But occasionally placements turn out to be disastrous. In some of those

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The Truth About Domestic Adoption

The Truth About Domestic Adoption

I keep hearing that adopting in the U.S. is rare, expensive, and risky. The statistics—and my own experience— argue otherwise. by Eliza Newlin Carney

From 2003 Adoptive Families Magazine.

"Not long after my husband and I adopted our infant daughter, we went to a summer barbecue where we met another couple with a young child. When it came up that we had adopted Beth domestically at birth, they were unbelieving. “We Read More

When You Adopt Under the Laws of Another Country

U.S. Readoption Explained by Peter Wiernicki

from Adoptive Families Magazine, May/June 2002

Q: My husband and I just completed an international adoption. Is it necessary for us to readopt our child in the United States?

A: Most adoption professionals recommend that adoptive parents readopt their child if their state permits them to do so. Readoption is the legal process of adopting a child again in the United States,

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It’s The Law: Health Insurance for Adopted Children

It’s The Law: Health Insurance for Adopted Children

BY MARK T. MCDERMOTT

Click HERE to View the Entire Article As a PDF

Q: Our health insurance carrier is refusing to provide coverage for the medical expenses incurred shortly after our newly adopted child was born. Is there any law that controls such situations?

A: As a result of Federal and state legislation that has been in place for several years now, discrimination by

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The Top 10 Secrets of Successful Adoption Travel

"The adoption trip is a defining moment in a family's life, the event that brings parent and child together at last.

Virtually all adoptive parents travel to meet their new child, to a nearby city, to another state, or to a distant country. The adoption trip is a defining moment in a family’s life, the event that brings parent and child together at last. This event usually takes place in Read More

How to Lobby Your Employer for Adoption Benefits

For working people who want to adopt, the need to take time off without pay doesn’t have to put adoption beyond your financial means. By Elizabeth A. Mair

From 2002 Adoptive Families Magazine

"If anyone is seeking an issue for which to crusade in his workplace, may I suggest employee adoption benefits? If you are “waiting,” this is the time to make a pitch to your employer to institute

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How to Be an Adoption Advocate

Road-Tested Tips for Families By Katherine Mikkelson

from Adoptive Families Magazine, July/August 2003

"As an attorney, I used to advocate for my clients. But when I left work at the end of the day, my cases and my lawyering skills stayed at the office. A few years ago, however—about the time Zack, my oldest, entered preschool—I noticed that my professional skills had crossed over into my dealings with friends,

Read More


Wrongful Adoption: What It Is, What It Is Not

After we adopted our daughter, we discovered that she had significant medical problems. We think our adoption agency was aware of this but didn’t tell us. Is there anything we can do? By Sam Totaro

From 2003 Adoptive Families Magazine.

"In the vast majority of cases, adopted children do not have any significant impairment, and adjust well. But occasionally placements turn out to be disastrous. In some of those

Read More


The Truth About Domestic Adoption

The Truth About Domestic Adoption

I keep hearing that adopting in the U.S. is rare, expensive, and risky. The statistics—and my own experience— argue otherwise. by Eliza Newlin Carney

From 2003 Adoptive Families Magazine.

"Not long after my husband and I adopted our infant daughter, we went to a summer barbecue where we met another couple with a young child. When it came up that we had adopted Beth domestically at birth, they were unbelieving. “We Read More


When You Adopt Under the Laws of Another Country

U.S. Readoption Explained by Peter Wiernicki

from Adoptive Families Magazine, May/June 2002

Q: My husband and I just completed an international adoption. Is it necessary for us to readopt our child in the United States?

A: Most adoption professionals recommend that adoptive parents readopt their child if their state permits them to do so. Readoption is the legal process of adopting a child again in the United States,

Read More


It’s The Law: Health Insurance for Adopted Children

It’s The Law: Health Insurance for Adopted Children

BY MARK T. MCDERMOTT

Click HERE to View the Entire Article As a PDF

Q: Our health insurance carrier is refusing to provide coverage for the medical expenses incurred shortly after our newly adopted child was born. Is there any law that controls such situations?

A: As a result of Federal and state legislation that has been in place for several years now, discrimination by

Read More


The Top 10 Secrets of Successful Adoption Travel

"The adoption trip is a defining moment in a family's life, the event that brings parent and child together at last.

Virtually all adoptive parents travel to meet their new child, to a nearby city, to another state, or to a distant country. The adoption trip is a defining moment in a family’s life, the event that brings parent and child together at last. This event usually takes place in Read More


How to Lobby Your Employer for Adoption Benefits

For working people who want to adopt, the need to take time off without pay doesn’t have to put adoption beyond your financial means. By Elizabeth A. Mair

From 2002 Adoptive Families Magazine

"If anyone is seeking an issue for which to crusade in his workplace, may I suggest employee adoption benefits? If you are “waiting,” this is the time to make a pitch to your employer to institute

Read More


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