Foreign Adoption Rates Decrease, Yet Parents are Still Needed

Most people know that adopting a child is not easy. The cost can be prohibitive, there may be laws that complicate the adoption if the child is coming from out of the country, and there is a risk of complications with a birth parent. Some adopted children come from homes where they’ve been abused which make it difficult for the bonding process with their adoptive family. Adoption inherently carries risk. Yet, parents still seek out a child to add to their family.

 

 

Recently, the number of foreign adoptions has dropped drastically. Some countries like Russia have enacted laws that ban parents from certain countries from adopting children from Russia. Many such policies are politically motivated. Adoption is used as a tool to punish citizens of a particular country. Other countries have laws based on ideology or religion that may ban single parents or gay couples from adopting.

 

 

Another barrier to successful adoptions is the cost. Some countries have begun to see adoption as a business. When that happens, fees can soar up to $30,000 or more, making the cost prohibitive to many potential parents. Many parents are willing to sacrifice their financial stability to bring their child home with them.

 

 

The process of adopting a child is complicated, but many loving families are still willing to go through the heart-wrenching process. Thousands of children are left orphaned each year. At the heart of the adoption process should be what is best for the children involved. Their health and welfare should be what drives the policies not political ideologies or an opportunity to make money. When governments, adoptive workers, and parents act with the best interest of the child in mind, the process can be made more bearable. Perhaps if everyone involved was able to remember that a child lies at the heart of the adoptive process, then more children could be matched with families who want them.

 

Americans Declining In Overseas Adoptions

The rate of overseas adoptions by American families is declining, according to a recent report in the New York Times. Because America has, for the last century, been the number one country for overseas adoptions in the world, this news is not pleasant for the global adoption system. A number of factors have contributed to the sharp decline in American overseas adoptions including strict stipulations put in place by foreign governments that desire to promote domestic adoption over overseas adoption, foreign adoption agencies that have been shut down due to the deceptive actions of a small percentage of agency workers, and widespread corruption in some countries.

 

Stipulations in Foreign Adoptions

Many stipulations in government adoption procedures have procured Americans from finalizing overseas adoptions during the last few years. Countries like Ethiopia are currently from a drastic increase in the legislative measures that have been enforced regarding overseas adoption. These legislative procedures are often put in place to protect the rights of domestic adoptees to the first selection of children, but these measures often serve to place an indefinite halt on the adoption of American overseas families.

 

Adoption Agency Shutdowns

The Ethiopian government is also an example of a government facing severe legislation due to agency shutdowns. The country’s orphans are suffering due to incompetence on behalf of certain agency officials. In one section of the country, agency workers were caught lying to caregivers about the adoption process by saying that children could be placed in the adoption facility for a period of time while they were educated. Violations in adoption agency procedures like this one can cause an entire country to face terrible consequence. Abandoned orphans who need a home suffer worst of all.

 

Corruption in Adoption Procedures

Corruption plagues many countries in almost every area and the adoption agency is, unfortunately, not immune to its negative consequences. Because of the corruption that occurs with money being exchanged for children, many countries have been complete banned from adoption procedures within the United States.

 

Embryo Adoption Gives Hope to Couples Seeking to Adopt Children or Dispose of Their Unused Embryos

When it comes to adoption, most people think of adopting a fully grown child. What about adopting an embryo? Well, two US couples decided to go the embryo adoption way with one as the donor and the other as the recipient of the embryo.

 

Following successful IVF treatment, the Gassmans were left wondering what to do with their leftover embryos now that they were certain they were not going to be able to carry any more children. They looked at all the options they had from destroying the embryos and donating them to scientific research before finally settling down on given them up for adoption. For the Hendersons, having unsuccessfully undergone IVF treatment, they were looking for a way of getting a child without going the traditional adoption route. When their family doctor informed them that they could adopt an embryo, they quickly jumped on the idea and were eventually matched to the Gassmans. Both couples are happy with the decision they made. Both also have the opportunity to enjoy parenthood. They have even decided to remain in touch, and their children know each other.

 

What is Embryo Adoption?

 

Embryo adoption involves implanting a donated embryo into the uterus of a woman in the same way as the implantation process used in fertility treatments for biological parents. The process is much cheaper than in vitro fertilization with a donor egg. Embryo adoption costs nearly half the cost of traditional IVF treatment with a donor egg. However, in embryo adoption, once you donate your embryo for adoption, you cannot change your mind later and insist on keeping such as during traditional adoption. Once embryos are donated, they are viewed as commodities and no longer belong to the biological parents. Consequently, if you’re not sure you want to give away your embryo, you are better off not donating it in the first place.

 

Embryo donation programs report that their process is 10% more successful than traditional in vitro treatment. The variation between the two processes is that in embryo donation, open communication is allowed between the donors and the recipients. Therefore, both parties can get to know each other in advance before making their final decision on whether to go on with the process.

 

 

 

Hill Harper Adopts A Child

Hill Harper always wanted to be a father, but he always envisioned himself doing it the traditional way. He thought that he was going to get married before he started his family. He did not plan on becoming a single father, but he is happy to be a new father.

 

Hill recently adopted an 18-month old boy named Pierce. He stated that adopting Pierce was the best decision he made in his life. He believes that fate brought him and Pierce together.

 

Hill began thinking about adoption in Spring 2015. At first, he did not think that he was ready. However, a close friend told Hill that he would make a great parent. Hill contacted an attorney who told him about the process of adoption. The attorney told him that there was a woman who was getting ready to get give birth and was looking for someone to adopt her child.

 

Pierce was born in December 2015. Hill was there when the baby was born. He also cut the umbilical cord. Hill admitted that he was afraid to adopt the baby at first. He knew that his life was going to change forever. However, the fears that he had are small compared to the joy that he has gained.

 

Even though Hill is a single father, he has a lot of help. His mother and other close relatives are helping him. He is also getting help from his girlfriend.

 

There were a lot of things that Hill did not do before he became a parent. The first time he changed a diaper was 18 months ago. However, he is slowly getting the hang of parenting. He is cherishing every moment that he spends with his son.

 

New York Times on Adjusting to Life After Adoption

The New York Times recently published a piece discussing the importance of appropriately acclamation to life following the adoption of a new child. With the rise of adoption in states like New Jersey, new information has been released regarding adaptation procedures when new children are introduced into a pre-existing family system. New parents of adoptive children should be prepared to handle family life in ways that foster the development of adopted children, allow a multitude of emotions to be shared and expressed openly, and be open to new experiences as a result of the new arrangement.

 

Processing Emotions Following the Close of Adoption Procedures

 

Adoption procedures are known to be taxing on the parents involved in the process. The grueling process involves a selection of qualities that one will and will not prefer in an adopted child, case studies where homes are scrutinized, and the procurement of enormous amounts of money to finalize the adoption. After this overwhelming process has been completed, new parents are often so relieved to have survived it that they do not adequately prepare for the new journey they are about to take once the child has entered their home. Adopted children, if they are not infants, can be nervous, anxious, or frustrated about engaging with new parents during the beginning of their new lives. These emotions combined with any nervousness the parents may feel can create very unrealistic expectations and behaviors in the home environment. Leading adoption analyst often suggest that new parents take time before the adoption procedures even begin to mentally process the gravity of the circumstance they have chosen. Although no amount of preparation can replace the actual experience of adopting a child, adequate preparation can drastically reduce unrealistic expectations and negative emotions surrounding the adoptive process.

 

Adjusting to Outside Family

New adoptive families also struggle to help extended family adjust to new family arrangements, especially if the child is of a different race or ethnicity than the original family. Experts suggest educating these family members as much as possible before the child enters the home to alleviate undue stress.

 

Bill allowing faith-based ojections to adoption placement passes Texas House

A bill that would give foster care and adoption agencies that receive state funding in the Lone Star State the ability to refuse to place children with families they disapprove of based on religious grounds — including those of same sex and transgender people – has recently been passed by the Texas House of Representatives.

 

According to an article that appeared in the New York Times (www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/texas-adoption-bill-religous-grounds), the bill must still pass the Texas Senate. It also allows agencies to cite religious objections in denying contraception and abortion services to teenagers.

 

Those who support the measure argue that it will permit social service agencies and organizations to pursue faith based policies while protecting them from facing discrimination lawsuits, the New York Times said.

 

Among the groups applauding the passage of the measure in the House was the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops. In a statement, the bishops said they look forward to the bill’s quick passage by the Senate.

 

If the bill passes, it would make it illegal for Texas to penalize an agency if it denies service to someone based on religious grounds. Opponents argue that the bill might unfairly potential adoptive parents who are non-Christian; those who have inter-faith marriages; those who have been divorced and remarried and atheists.

 

In 2015, a federal judge ruled that the Texas Child Protective Services Division exposed children to an unreasonable risk of harm, thereby damaging their constitutional rights. Rep. James Frank, who authored the bill, said it simply allows agencies to operate without the fear of legal reprisals.

 

Opponents of the measure say it would make a child’s path to adoption more difficult by taking away the ability of gay and transgender people to adopt.

 

About 22,000 children in Texas are awaiting foster home placement. Both Alabama and South Dakota have passed similar laws.

 

 

Alabama Family Adopts Three Chinese Children

Shaun and Anna Lokey are a married couple who live in Alabama. They have three of their own biological children. However, they felt that there was something missing in their life. This made them interested in adopting a child from another country. Shaun’s parents were going to adopt a child when he was a young boy. However, a relative of the child decided to raise him before the adoption could become official. Shaun thought about that experience and made the decision to investigate everything that is involved in adopting a child. He found out the process was not as hard as he thought it would be.

 

The Lokey family eventually found out that China was one of the easiest countries to adopt a child from. This is because China has the largest population in the world. Therefore, they have many unwanted children who are in desperate need of a loving home. The Chinese government carefully looks into the backgrounds of all parents who are interested in adopting a child. However, the process does not take very long once it gets started. The one negative thing about the adoption process is the amount of money that is required. It can cost as much as $50,000 to adopt a child. Travel to a place like China can be expensive. There are also many forms that need to be filed and the licensing process that the adopting parents must go through. Fortunately, there are a variety of programs set up by the United States government that offer grants to parents interested in adopting a child.

 

The Lokeys eventually decided to adopt three children from China. They originally only intended to adopt one child. However, they realized as soon as they got to China that there were many children who needed a home. They visited an orphanage and fell in love with some of the children. They made plans to adopt two additional children during their visit. They are happy with their decision.

 

Kate Hudson’s Fabletics Taking on the Giants of the Online Fashion Trade

It is little surprise that cornering a portion of the online fashion trade can be an uphill struggle. No sooner is the small startup open for business when the shadows of the established marketers overshadow the hope of profits. None of these giants is more prominent in the online market than the Amazon, whose sales account for over 20% of sales made online.

 

So, what’s the trick to beating the big business and making a valuable connection with a target audience?

 

Those looking for an answer to this very question should look at the stellar example being set by Kate Hudson and her line of fashionable sportswear “Fabletics”. With newly developed strategies and game plans this small startup has grown from nothing but a name to a $250 million-dollar operation in only a few short years.

 

How is this accomplished?

 

None of the success Fabletics has enjoyed would be possible without the foresight and skills of an intelligent marketing team. Flexibility and versatility are the only advantages the small nimble enterprise has against the lumbering market giants. The first notion they have fought is that of top-quality and high-fashion are only available with a debilitating price tag.

 

This approach is closely tied in to consumer interests in the modern market. The modern online consumer is prepared and searching to take advantage of brands that churn out fascinating designs and attractive styles for their fitness needs.

 

But, if the brand in question goes the extra mile to make the consumer more than just a source of commerce, than clients considers themselves especially lucky. This new approach to attracting a customer pools is exactly what the Fabletics line has been practicing and with tremendous results.

 

Fabletics and an innovative “Reverse Showrooming” approach

 

Showrooming a product is essential to gaining customer interest, but the client is smart. Designs found in an online showroom can be taken to a skilled tailor who can replicate a high-fashion design for a reduced cost than the original designers would charge.

 

This rather counterproductive habit has been addressed by Fabletics in an innovative “Reverse Showrooming” feature. Fabletics attracts a tight community of clients who have access to a showroom. Not only can a member obtain these fashionable sports garments at a bargain price, if they were to find an attractive design of style in any other showroom they are promised the same item from Fabletics at a reduced price.

 

Specialized Customer Service

 

Of course, intelligent showrooms are only part of their approach to shopping online. The Fabletics line of sportswear has also made a commitment to take special interest in their clients and convert them into friends and associates. This is accomplished by making fashion and fitness goals of the individual a point of interest from the company.

 

Those interested in making progress towards fitness can take the Fabletics Lifestyle Quiz. This is a short questionaire which will help the company understand their customer base better and introduces the member to a warm community of likeminded individuals.

Is Adoption The Right Option for You?

Being the parent of an adopted child can be difficult, but it is well worth it considering the fact that you’re giving a child a beautiful and loving home that they can feel comfortable living in. The problem that many parents face is the often grueling process involved with adopting a child. It can take years and tens of thousands of dollars just to adopt one child, whether you’re doing so in your home country or in another country altogether. This is a price that a lot of parents simply cannot afford, so it’s not the right option for just anyone who wants to adopt a kid.

 

When you make the decision to adopt, your first step is to work with a local adoption agency to find the right fit. Don’t be surprised if you and your partner are examined from top to bottom to ensure that you’re good parents for an adopted child. This means that the agency will look at your finances, jobs, savings accounts, health screenings, psych evaluations and criminal records just to make sure that you’ll make good parents. There is a lot more that goes into adopting a child than goes into having babies naturally, which is often a shame because most parents won’t adopt because of the strict regulations.

 

However, if you’re able and willing to go through the process, adoption is a beautiful option for many families who want to add to their household. It’s a great choice for infertile couples who simply cannot have children on their own. It’s also perfect for parents who already have kids but want to adopt because they would like to help save homeless babies and children. If you’d like to adopt an older child, there are many kids and teens in the foster care system who are all looking for loving homes. This is another option for those who want to go through the adoption process and help kids who are in need.

 

How Adoption Changed A Family’s Life

Steve and Patti Fisher, who live in Lawrence, KS, are the parents of two adopted children. They have a 7-year-old daughter named Prudence and a 5-year-old son named Shawn. They officially became a part of the family in May 2017. Prudence and Shawn lived with the Fischers off and on as foster children four years prior to being adopted.

 

Now that Steve and Patti are officially parents, they want to educate other people about the joys of adopting a child. They will be hosting an event on June 11. The event will educate people about becoming a foster parent and helping people decide whether it is right for them.

 

The number of children being taken in by Department of Children and Family Services is increasing. Patti stated that people who want to be a foster parent but are waiting for the perfect moment do not have to keep waiting. She stated that life is never perfect. If you wait for everything to be perfect, then you will be missing out on a lot of life’s special moments.

 

Prudence and Shawn moved in with the Fishers in July 2013. They were moved to family placement three weeks later. They came back to live with the family permanently in January 2014. The biological parents had supervised visitation. In 2015, the children were temporarily placed with their biological father.

 

Patti and Steve visited the children while they were living with their biological father. They knew that it was not safe to live Prudence and Shawn with their father. They called the agency and stated that it was not safe to live the children there. The adoption process started in early 2016 when the biological parents signed over their rights.

 

Patti and Steve admitting that being parents is a tough job. However, they would not change anything about it. They also stated that the advantages outweigh all of the concerns that they have.