What is Open Adoption?

Credit: www.flickr.com/photos/justin/2142821117 Open Adoption is a confusing term. Does it mean that you share identifying details with your Birth Mother so she knows where you live? Does it mean that you periodically send a few photos and an update through a third party? Or does it mean that you invite your Birth Mother for Thanksgiving dinner? Closed Adoptions: Back in the day, before single parenthood was socially accepted, before birth control was readily available and effective, an...

Baby G Finds His Forever Family after a Tough Start

Birth Mother delivered a little boy on August 10, 2012.  When he was four months old, Child Protective Services removed him from his Birth Mother’s care due to her drug problem.  This baby boy, who was now a dependent of the juvenile court system, was placed with his grandparents for several months.  In April of 2013, the grandparents could no longer care for him, and the baby was put into temporary foster care. The dependency system started their investigation and discovered t...

How Did We Get Here?

"How does the youngest of 8 from a small, pristine town on Long Island, New York become owner of Adoption Network Law Center?  Funny story, because I never set out on a path to be a lawyer.  Let me give you a little history: I knew I wanted to get out of the small town environment and be a small fish in a big pond.  I went far (much to my parent’s dismay!) and I went big.  I found myself right at home on the UC Berkeley campus.  It was the best thing I could have ever do...

5 Ways to Sabotage Your Adoption

The road to adoption is a rocky one, even when it goes “smoothly.” There are so many things to consider and do long before you get “the call.” Once the call comes, the stress, questions and fears  just multiply. Who is the woman who chose us? Why is she choosing adoption? Is she telling the truth about her medical history? Is she scamming us? Will she change her mind? Is the Birth Father on board? What will we say to her? What does she want from us? What will our relationship be like? It...