Adoption In America – An Overview Of The Adoption Process

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Each and every year in the United States alone, hundreds of thousands of children are adopted. The reasons for these adoptions are many and varied. In some cases, the parents of the adopted child may have been tragically killed in some way. In some other situations, the state may have had to step in and remove the child for one reason or another. In many other situations, unplanned pregnancy, the young age of the birth mother, or lack of resources is the reason for the adoption.

Whatever the reason for the child being a candidate for adoption, one thing is for certain: there are many families out there that are willing and able to adopt a child. The reasons for this are as varied as the reasons for the child being up for adoption. Some couples may be infertile, and adoption presents the only way for them to raise and nurture a child. Some adopters believe that, rather than bring a new child into the world, it makes sense to take care of a child in need. Yet others may be single, and have a wish to raise a child on their own.

Irrespective of the motive of the adopting family, statistics have shown that children who have been adopted into loving families tend to thrive throughout their childhood and on into adulthood. They tend to be healthier than their non-adopted counterparts, do better as a whole on standardized tests, are more likely to go to college, and have higher self-esteem.

As we can see, adoption can be a great thing for children and families alike. In fact, some may be reading this article because they are thinking about adopting a child. If this is the case, there is a relevant question that they need an answer to. How does the adoption process work in the United States? Let’s answer this question.

How the adoption process works in America

In many cases, families that wish to adopt in America start the ball rolling by applying with an adoption agency . Let’s discuss the process.

The first step when considering adopting a child is to find an agency. There are several ways in which people go about doing this. One popular method is to talk to friends or relatives who may know of an agency. This often works because adoption is quite prevalent in this country, and due to this, networking with people will in many cases result in good information. This approach can be especially effective because by talking to people who have used the agency, valuable insights can be gained into how the organization operates.

If this is not an option, prospective parents can use the internet to search for agencies, or they can even consult their local phonebook in order to find and visit a nearby adoption service.

Once the decision has been made about which service will be used, it will be time to start the process in earnest. The first step is usually to schedule a meeting, during which the family that wishes to adopt will be given information about the procedure that is specific to the agency in question, and they will be told how the organization goes about the process of locating eligible children. There will also be paperwork to be completed which will provide the parents information about the agency, and the agency information about the parents.

Once this initial process is finished, many agencies will have the parents take classes which teach them more about adoption. This is an important step, as it provides the parents with valuable information about adoption in general which will be of great benefit for the welfare of the child in question. This will also make very clear the realities of adoption, and gives the parents a chance to decide if it is what they are really looking for.

After this, the next step is to have a home study done. This usually involves consultations with a licensed counselor, and in addition to providing the parents with more information concerning adoption, it assures the agency that the home itself will be a good environment for the child to be raised in. This part of the process often includes fingerprinting as well as background screening, also put in place for the child’s safety.

With the home study complete, and the adoptive parents having been found eligible, the next step is to match the family with a child. The workers at the agency have most likely been working on this step for awhile, and will have candidates ready for matching.

In the penultimate step, the child is finally introduced to the parents, and takes up residence with his or her new family. This is often a joyous moment for all parties involved.

The last step in the process involves the agency performing follow up visits for a prescribed period of time, in order to ensure that everything is going well with the family.

Adoption can seem like a long process, but the steps have been developed over time for the satisfaction and well being of all involved, and parents who choose to follow the path of adoption will doubtless find joy and fulfilment.

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The Cost of Adoption


When planning to adopt a child, you will obviously have to consider adoption costs which is largely determined by the particular type of adoption you will opt for and a couple of other variables like the placement agency type, the age of the child and the circumstances. This calls for a prospective adopting family to be fully informed and to plan depending on the probable costs they are likely to incur so as to come to an informed decision during the adoption process. The various costs are broken down as follows: Continue reading

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My Adoption Story

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Through my contacts with other adoptive parents over the years I discovered that despite our varied backgrounds, we each had something in common. That something was a deeply held desire to experience the fulfilment that comes through parenthood and to provide a loving home to a needy child.

As one of 7 children, and the daughter of Colombian immigrants, family has always been a big part of my life. The importance of traditional family values was instilled in us from an early age and although we Continue reading

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Papaya Soap – A Natural Skin Care Solution

Likas papaya soapKeeping your skin fresh and bright is a goal for many people, but it may not be easy to get these results without turning to expensive products or potentially harsh chemicals. However, you may have heard of the skin whitening properties of papaya soap. When it comes to skincare, many people prefer to use products that are made from natural ingredients. If you’re looking for a subtle and gradual way to lighten your skin that doesn’t mean turning to synthetic compounds, then papaya soap is a logical and economical choice.

Exfoliation Benefits

There are a few main reasons why papaya soap is so effective at lightening skin. It contains an enzyme known as papain which may also be called papaya proteinaise. It works by breaking down certain proteins that are round in the skin. For example, you have seen papaya used as an ingredient in meat tenderizer and it has a similar effect when it comes to skin. When contained in soap, it works by dissolving dead skin cells on the surface of your face or your body. By breaking down dead skin cells naturally. the soap helps to reveal new, healthy skin cells underneath. Papaya soap rejuvenates your skin and is especially great to use for it’s anti-aging benefits as well as skin lightening effects.

Softer Skin

Papaya soap also contains emollients which work by deeply moisturizing the skin. Papaya itself has moisturizing properties but shows greater effects when it’s combined with palm oils or cocoa oils. As the papaya works to lift dead cells from your skin, the emollient can deeply penetrate the new layers, helping to give you a clearer appearance. Use a soap that has both papaya and a natural emollient to see the greatest benefits.

Reduced Scar Appearance

Scars are difficult to get rid of, but you can also use papaya soap to remove them naturally. The papain compound in the soap helps to remove outer layers of skin from wounds and ulcers. With regular use, the soap helps to fade the appearance of scars over time. It also works in the same manner to lighten up dark spots and freckles on your skin. However, keep in mind that papaya soap does not contain any bleaching agents that will drastically whiten your skin. When you use papaya soap, you will see skin return to it’s naturally bright appearance, but it won’t turn a drastic white that’s unnatural.

Tips for using Papaya Soap

  • Use only a natural papaya containing soap
  • Ensure that the soap contains an emollient
  • Use on a daily basis
  • Complement it’s use by wearing sunscreen and avoiding harsh chemical products on skin


Because of it’s unique properties, papain has the ability to give your skin a lighter appearance because of it’s unique exfoliating properties. With regular use, it can fade dark spots and help give your skin a healthy glow. While it will take a few weeks for you to start noticing results, your skin will begin to appear brighter and you’ll have a diminished appearance of dark spots, scars, and fine lines with regular use.

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