Adoption and the Red Thread

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…

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New & Creative Solutions to Old Problems

“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,…

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Risks and Benefits of Initiating a Stepparent Adoption When the Biological Parent is Absent

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…

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Bill Supporting Foreign Adoption in Congress

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…

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What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

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…

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Adoption Council Website a Valuable Resource- check out Children of Trauma article

The National Council for Adoption (“NCFA”)  maintains an excellent website with valuable adoption resources and information.  This can be found at www.adoptioncouncil.org  Every month, the NCFA publishes the “Adoption Advocate”.  You can subscribe to this publication by email.  Last month (September 2013) there was an excellent and well-researched article titled, “Children of…

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Texas Supreme Court to Hear Cases About Same-Sex Divorce

 On November 5, 2013, the Texas Supreme Court will hear oral argument about whether Texas can grant divorces for same-sex couples.  Since Texas law currently does not allow any action that “legitimizes” same-sex marriage, the Texas Attorney General argues that granting a same-sex divorce is an action that recognizes same-sex…

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Interstate Adoption Ain’t What it Used to Be… What NOT to do When Adopting Across State Lines  

Most of us know personally, or have heard of, someone who was “adopted” informally in the old days. This used to happen among family members or close friends quite frequently.  A long time ago, people might just agree among themselves for a child to be raised by other family members…

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What Happens if an Adoption Does not Work out? (Adoption Dissolution)

The National Council for Adoption has estimated that between 1% and 10% of adoptions result in dissolution.  There is little support available for families in these relatively rare situations. Adoptive parents considering an adoption dissolution can find themselves facing very strong criticism. Those outside the situation may strenuously voice objection…

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What You Want to Know About Termination of Parental Rights in Texas

 Certain legal conditions must be met before parental rights are terminated by court order. There are two types of termination; voluntary and involuntary.   A voluntary termination of parental rights occurs when the parent whose rights are being terminated agrees with the termination, cooperates, and signs the proper paperwork and/or…

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