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Adult Adoptees    Find support and encouragement for issues concerning adult adoptees.
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  • Just so tired of this type of message...
  • by ktupper Last comment: Yesterday at 08:59 PM
  • I am new to this site and just wondered if this is a good idea. I've been searching for my birthmom since 1991 and of course, it's a "closed adoption" so I have much "non-identifying" info that I can create a Lifetime Movie in my head of what happened to her, but can't actually get to know her or meet her. I just want to let her know that I turned out all right, have 2...

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  • Riverside County Adoptive Parents, how long after your homestudy were you placed....
  • by WorldTraveler Last comment: 41 minutes ago
  • UPDATE: September 2012 classes start February 2013 home study begins (social worker got sick, we moved, CCL got in car accident) May 2014 home study ends May 2014 first placement I was just complaining about the homestudy being approved that weekend. On Monday we found out that our homestudy was approved and we had been matched. Wednesday we picked up a 2 week old newborn from the NICU and...

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Adoptive Parents    Before and after adopting, including stepparent adoption, those living outside the U.S., more...
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  • Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with other families of color
  • by WorldTraveler Last comment: 39 minutes ago
  • Nice! Sometimes people don't "get" the skeleton thing and think it's scary or morbid. I'm glad that you are helping him better understand that Dia de los Muertos is about remembering those that we've lost and reminding ourselves that death is a natural part of life. =)

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International Adoption    Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe, discuss concerns, share your stories, support, tips, more...
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  • Decline in International Adoptions
  • by loving6 Last comment: Yesterday at 08:01 PM
  • IMO there is a world of difference between adopting healthy infants abroad and adopting older, traumatized, and/or disabled kiddos. There are few, if any, healthy infants and toddlers who languish in orphanages today with no potential same-country APs. This is something that adoption researchers have found. However, there ARE many countries where severe medical or psychological issues make...

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Birth Parents    Birth Family support, unplanned pregnancy, open adoption, reuniting & more.
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  • I dont know how to heal
  • by mgrant Last comment: 23 Oct 2014 12:40 AM
  • I feel very troubled after a trigger lately. When I was seventeen I gave birth to a girl my parents placed for adoption. I had been date raped after drinking and doing drugs so my parents did not want to raise the child. A decision they really regretted later on. Giving the baby up was such a trauma for me that I went on doing drugs and ran away. I came back and finished my studies, then...

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Parenting    All-parent support, balancing work and family, discipline, understanding your child, more...
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  • shocked and saddened
  • by tygerlilyzz Last comment: 15 Oct 2014 05:56 AM
  • On my local news in the past two days: A ten year old has been arrested for murder. He went to visit his granddad who was a care taker for a 90 YO woman. The boy went into the woman's room and she scolded him for being in there. He pushed her on the bed, used her cane to choke her and punched her in the throat 3 times. She is dead--he is now in prison, charged as an adult with murder. When he...

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Community Center    For all touched by adoption: blog, stories, poetry, reviews, activism, tech support, more...
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  • Fees due at placement or full refund
  • by singlebe Last comment: 23 Oct 2014 07:15 AM
  • American Adoptions will refund placement fees if the adoption fails but fees are due at placement. We adopted through a local agency (not in your state, sorry) and our fees were due at placement. I think they may have been refundable if the adoption fell through but I forget what their policy was.

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Search and Reunion    Adoption birthfamily and adoptee search messages, support, reunion stories, more...
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  • by djtees001 Last comment: Yesterday at 08:13 PM
  • My name is Darryl born 1964, Peoria Il, and was sent to Stanton VA when I was 2. Finally adopted at age 6. Don't know if this helps or just gives you false hope. Either way I am sure we will keep searching

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Special Needs and Attachment    Adopting & parenting children with challenges: attachment, drug & alcohol exposure, ADHD, more...
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  • Teen skipping class, lying - RAD
  • by MnFamily Last comment: Yesterday at 06:39 AM
  • I would probably make sure that equal hours of her weekend are spent working on missed work or writing lines... missing 45 minutes of class means 45 minutes less of fun on the weekend

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Foster Care and Adoption    Becoming a foster parent, foster parenting, adopting foster children, subsidies, & more.
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  • Court outcome
  • by HereWeGoAgain Last comment: Today at 04:21 AM
  • Wow. Most states would rather let them surrender and get the case closed! If bmom had said over and over she wants to sign.... well, what is the judge thinking? If aunt isn't approved are you going to be the adoptive resource?

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Sue Ellen Smith & Donnie Jay Gribble - (12 Jul 2014 12:02 AM)
I was born in 1972 to Sue Ellen Smith & Donnie Jay Gribble. I was told at age 26 by my Step-Mom that I have a brother! My Mother & I don't talk, haven't for years. So I called & confronted her with i...
What I know. .. - (12 Jul 2014 12:28 AM)
I think he was born 2 years before me but I'm not sure. I was born in 1972. Mom is Sue Ellen Smith DOB 2/22/1952 & Dad is Donnie Jay Gribble DOB 09/07/1951. My Mom & Dad are almost exactly 20 years o...
Looking for biological brother (Gribble or Smith) - (07 Aug 2014 11:14 AM)
Looking for my bilogical brother born to Sue Ellen Smith from Newport News, Va, her DOB is 2/22/52....
ISO Granddaughter - (20 Oct 2014 09:01 PM)
Have been searching for Granddaughter since 2003.She was born in North Myrtle Beach, SC, but was adopted in Brunswick County NC. Birthdate 10/07/1982. She had red hair at birth. Would like very muc...
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