5 Simple Ways You Can Help Children in the Foster Care System

You may think that the only way to help children in the foster care system is to become a foster parent or to adopt them. While these are certainly worthy acts of helpfulness and kindness, they are not the only things you can do to help these children in need. Perhaps you don’t have the resources to foster or adopt, or maybe you have a soft spot for these children, but that doesn’t quite extend to becoming a parent, whether permanent or temporary. For those who have a desire in their heart to he...

Hillary Clinton’s Involvement and Views on Adoption Over Her Political Career

A well-known advocate for women and children, it would then make sense that Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton would have an equally strong stance on the family. While her opinions are clear on some topics, however, they are often muddled elsewhere. Where she stands in firm support of “full federal equality for all LGBT Americans” on her campaign website, she has no conclusive comment on the adoption process for same-sex couples. Where she pushes paid family leave she also remains quiet on w...

How Many Adoptees Are in the US?

Many people don’t think of adoption as a “common” occurrence. While there are plenty of adopted children and adults throughout the United States, most people view adoption as a special circumstance in some families. This is mainly due to the likelihood that many people simply don’t have a lot of firsthand experience with adoption. They have never adopted, do not have or know friends who have been adopted, and do not have close family members who were adopted. People who have adoption close in th...

Open Adoption is Best for Adoptees

Closed adoption vs. open adoption? Prospective adoptive parents and expectant parents considering placement generally have open adoption questions. Many wonder if open adoption is good or bad. While open adoption experiences vary, adoptee Jessenia Arias outlines the ways open adoption benefits all members of the adoption triad.Over the years many have argued if open adoption is a good option for all members of the adoption triad. Today, over 80% of infant adoptions are open adoptions (Independen...

Birth Mom Finds Opportunity In Adoption

A few years ago, Britney Perez was a typical Hispanic teenager. She was in her first semester of her senior year in high school. She had just turned 18. She was dating a boy from the neighborhood and suddenly found herself pregnant.  She’d never had a job and didn’t have a driver’s license; how would she take care of a child when she wasn’t ready to take care of herself? She considered her options – keep the baby, abort the baby, place the baby for adoption. She reached out to her support g...