Ask the Adoption Coach: Cost of Adoption

Reader: Why is adoption so expensive? If the birth mother/parents have insurance, legal fees CANNOT make up that whole number?! Where does the rest go? Especially if it is an infant/newborn.Adoption Coach:Dear Reader:Your question is common to those new to adoption. Why is adoption so expensive? First, take note that adopting from the foster care system is almost always cost-free to the adoptive parents, including completion of the home study, court costs, adoption professionals’ assistance, and...

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...