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Last name in school? Not yet legal
July 24, 2014, 10:53 am
my DD's adoption was finalized the summer between kindergarten and first grade. the last name transition was seamless. Some kid's asked questions, but it was no big thing.

Affordable AA adoption??
July 24, 2014, 8:19 am
Foster care is the cheapest--- the state pays the bills, but you are expected to care for whomever they send to you. The state may take weeks-months trying to assess if the real parents should get the child back. If they decide to terminate their rights--- you could adopt and the state will stop...
E-mom distressed... doesn't know E-dad's last name
July 24, 2014, 6:36 am
I don't have much time to digest or answer all the concerns shared above. I do, however, wish to make a few clarifications. 1) We are fully aware that this will be a legal risk situation. We know full well that he is not OURS till the finalization court happens. We realize very clearly that we...
E-mom distressed... doesn't know E-dad's last name
July 24, 2014, 6:30 am
Somehow this thread got posted twice. Anyway, I updated on the other one. Thanks!
Anyone have success with Parent Profiles website?
July 24, 2014, 6:29 am
We used it for a few months and received one legitimate contact. It just so happened that she reached out to us two days after we had been contacted by the only other person to do so in our 11 month wait, and that first woman is Little Man's birth mom (isn't that how it goes, though?). We kept in...
States that work well with CT
July 24, 2014, 5:33 am
Am a CT resident & trying to identify what local states are the best to advertise in.
Our Story
July 23, 2014, 8:23 pm
Quote: Originally Posted by Daddinator I would love to hear from any other stepparent adoption stories, or from anyone who has dealt with the issue of biological parents who were not very nice people. One of my children came from biological parents who had a hard...
Adoption transition
July 23, 2014, 5:32 pm
As long as you understand that "I love you" is a small child reacting to circumstances--and not at this time an expression of real love of yourselves as parents--you should be fine.
Am I Being Unreasonable???
July 23, 2014, 3:40 pm
Quote: Originally Posted by swd So even if details weren't given, you and she are just that much closer to feeling compelled to divulge details sooner than you would have or more than you would have. IDK, maybe I think too much about it. I have told some people I hardly know that...
What would YOU do?
July 23, 2014, 1:46 pm
I'm glad you're sitting down with grandma. Want to give the perspective from someone also in her 60s--I'm not raising my grandchildren so it's different but I am nanny to them and yes, at a certain time you can feel yourself slowing down, no matter how active and healthy you are. And yes, around...
Curious on waiting time for private adoptions vs. closed?
July 23, 2014, 1:33 pm
"There are many reasons why people might chose IA but I must admit that it always worries me when PAPs chose IA specifically because they want a closed adoption." Me too, and it distresses me that agencies are pushing IA for that reason. For one thing, many children adopted via IA have...
Adoption question
July 22, 2014, 6:04 pm
Hi, I have a similar question but can't figure out how to post a new thread. We just adopted through foster care. We got him at 5 months old. He's 3 now. We aren't going to foster anymore but would like to adopt again. We have been looking online at children available. Would we have to get a new...
Updated Stepparent Adoption Procedure & Forms Feb.2010
July 21, 2014, 2:10 pm
BCDDA: 1. A stepparent adoption can be done only if one spouse in a married couple is adopting the child of the other spouse. As an example, a man and his wife are legally married. The wife was married previously and has an eight year old daughter by her first marriage, who lives with her. ...
Reflecting on a First Mom Visit from yesterday.....
July 21, 2014, 9:03 am
It's funny you should mention that Billysmommy.... I was debating on that very thing. We're looking at going out of town over the upcoming holiday weekend and we were contemplating taking Bug's First Mom along with us. As it would be nice to have a sitter for TT and Bug while Daddy and Mommy ran...
Excited and super nervous about visit...
July 21, 2014, 6:22 am
We meet one birth family at a restaurant with an outdoor terrace where the kids can play, but a McDonald's or a park is an even better idea - they could really run around. We usually visit for a few hours, but then, we have to fly halfway across the country to meet with the birth families!
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