Should Birth Fathers Have a Say in Adoption?

I just read an article on The Salt Lake Tribune about Open Adoption and it was informative. For those of you who don’t know, the adoption practices of Utah, in comparison with other states, has been called in to question; what that question is has morphed into something uglier and bigger than it needs to be, in my opinion.Initially it started with the rights of birth fathers, and what exactly their rights are. This is a sensitive place for me. In my work life, we help mediate divorces and g...

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...