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Interview with an Adoptive Mom

There are plenty of resources on adoption on the internet, but the best way to find out what adoption is really like is to hear the firsthand accounts of the families who have been on the journey themselves. Recently, we reached out to one of our adoptive couples, who has adopted twice now from the same birth mother through our office. Here is what the adoptive mother had to say about her experience:

4 tips to help in preparing for an international adoption

If you have made the decision to adopt a child from another country, you are no doubt excited but also somewhat apprehensive since you want everything to go smoothly.

Here are four tips to help you prepare for this new addition to your life, especially If the child is a toddler or older.

Adopting in Quarantine

We are living in unprecedented times with many businesses shutting down due to the COVID-19 restrictions. With those restrictions, many courts have closed as well, only allowing emergency hearings to be held. For many adoptive families, that has left a lot of uncertainty about when they will ever be able to bring their child/children home and make it official. Here are some ways you can continue to move forward as you wait:

1. Be prepared. This is a great time for you to be gathering all the information you will need for your home study. Find your birth certificate, financial documents, and any other papers your provider might need. Get your home ready as well. Update your fire alarms, check for safety issues (such as uncovered electrical sockets or open stairways), lock up your medication, and ensure that you have a specific room ready for the baby.

Foster care adoption has its challenges and rewards

Taking a foster child into your home can be a deeply rewarding experience. However, you must first meet licensing requirements and receive approval from the Department of Social Services.

Many foster parents wish to adopt, but there are many issues to consider in taking this step.

4 signs your adoption lawyer may not be a good fit

Like many of your friends and family members, you probably do not have much experience working with lawyers. That is usually a good thing, as it means that you have had few legal headaches in your life. Nonetheless, because adoption can be a difficult and time-consuming process, collaborating with a competent attorney is usually a good idea. 

Adoption matters are often full of highs and lows. A steady lawyer can guide you through the process and help you make proactive decisions. Unfortunately, though, not all attorneys are a good fit for every client. Here are four signs that your adoption lawyer may not be the right one for your situation: 

How to go about adopting your stepchildren

When you start dating someone with kids, you may not plan for it to head to the altar. However, at some point, it does, and you find yourself a stepparent.

Entering the lives of children who live mostly with one parent may cause stress. However, you may soon come to realize that part of that is due to the children's need to feel wanted by the absent parent. In what situation can you go about adopting your stepchildren in South Carolina? The process may not go quickly, but it may turn out for the best.

How to prepare a child for adoption

As a first-time adoptive parent in South Carolina, you may have everything you need in terms of personal preparation. You have read all the books, talked to experts and prepared your home for its newest member. On the adopted child's end, however, things could look very different.

Adoption into a new family can change a child's life for the better. The transition, however, can be traumatic. There are steps you and your family can take to make the experience easier for an adopted child.

Birth fathers and South Carolina adoptions

Both families who wish to adopt and prospective birth mothers often have questions about the role the birth father potentially plays in the process. Without following the proper procedures, there is a risk that the birth father will later appear and contest the adoption, which could be a traumatic scenario for the adoptive parents as well as the child.

If you are in the process of arranging an adoption, do not rely on the birth mother to take care of dealing with the father. This can be a difficult situation that she may lack the knowledge or capability to handle. Instead, provide appropriate support to her and work with your attorney to ensure proper follow-through of the process.

Are you eligible for adoption assistance?

You may be eligible for a variety of South Carolina adoption assistance programs if you choose to adopt a special needs child currently in foster care and available for adoptive placement. The South Carolina Department of Social Services oversees all of these programs and determines which adoptive children and families qualify for the various types of assistance on a case-by-case basis.

Eligible children must meet one or more of the following special needs criteria:

  • African American or blended racial heritage age 6 or older
  • Caucasian age 10 or older
  • Member of a sibling group, one of whom is a special needs child
  • Has a physical, mental or emotional disability
  • At risk of developing a physical, mental or emotional disability prior to adoption
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