“Step parent adoption” is the term used when a person adopts the child of their spouse. “Second parent adoption” a term that is commonly used to refer to a situation where a partner in a same sex relationship adopts the child/ children of their partner. You may hear the terms “second parent adoption” and “same sex adoption” used interchangeably. In Texas, the law states that a person … [Read more...] about Step Parent Adoption for Same Sex Couples in Texas
There are many ways to make a difference in a child's life. In honor of National Adoption Month, I'd like to share a few ways. Here are some resources that include all types and levels of involvement. Click on each suggestion to get a link to more information on how to make it happen. Become a literacy volunteer. Become a CASA volunteer and advocate for a child in court. Become a … [Read more...] about So Many Ways to Make a Difference in a Child’s Life
November is adoption month. All month long, national awareness is turned towards adoption and adoptive families everywhere are remembering the events that shaped their families and made their lives complete. November 18th is National Adoption Day, a day which is "a collective, national effort to raise awareness of more than 110,000 children in foster care waiting for permanent and loving … [Read more...] about November is Adoption Month!
When a baby is born there is a red thread that connects him/her to all the people who will play part in that baby's life. Over time, the thread will shorten and tighten, leaving the child with the people that s/he is meant to be with. -Chinese ProverbThe proverb above is often quoted by those in the international adoption community, but it can apply just as easily to domestic adoption and … [Read more...] about Adoption and the Red Thread
"Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."- Albert Einstein. When the same legal problems keep happening over and over, it is normal to get frustrated. This is especially common in situations where people must interact closely over a long period of time (divorce, custody, business partners, neighbors). If you are in this situation, it can be … [Read more...] about New & Creative Solutions to Old Problems
When a child's biological parent is out of the picture for years and a stepparent (or another adult) is the child's "true parent", adoption may be considered. However, adopting a child does require filing a suit in family court and having one of the following results: (in a case for agreed termination and adoption) the legal consent of the biological parent whose rights are being … [Read more...] about Risks and Benefits of Initiating a Stepparent Adoption When the Biological Parent is Absent
A bipartisan effort to boost foreign adoption is in Congress. The bill is titled the "Children in Families First Act" and different versions of the bill are now in the House and Senate! Foreign adoptions are governed by many different areas of law---- international law, the laws of the two or more countries that are involved in a specific adoption, state law and immigration law. International … [Read more...] about Bill Supporting Foreign Adoption in Congress
According to Time Magazine Lists, the following are the "10 Most Commonly Broken New Year's Resolutions" Lose weight and get fit Quit Smoking Learn something new Eat healthier and diet Get out of debt and save money Spend more time with family Travel to new places Be less stressed Volunteer Drink Less What are your New Year's Resolutions, if any? Whenever a … [Read more...] about What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?