6 Things to Do After a Disrupted Adoption

Perhaps a hopeful adoptive family’s worst fear is experiencing a failed adoption. A failed adoption (also called a disrupted adoption) occurs when an adoptive family has been matched with an expectant mother who plans to place her child with the adoptive family and, for many reasons, the adoption does not happen. In some cases, adoptive families invest money, emotions, and time in to the match...

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Tried & True Tips for Flying with Babies/Toddlers

Traveling can be a feat on its own. But add a baby or toddler to the mix and it’s a full-on adventure! Many times, adoption involves travel unless you’re lucky enough to be matched with a local birthfamily and never have to venture too far. Otherwise, adoptive parents often go across states or even across the country to bring their baby home, meet with the...

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Humor as a Coping Skill: The Art of Not Taking Yourself So Seriously

“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.” Mark Twain (1835-1910), American Novelist and Humorist There once was a king who lived in two-story grass hut. Every holiday the king demanded to be given a new throne as a gift. As soon as a new throne arrived, he...

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Recognizing the Depressed Child and Adolescent

“The best cure for worry, depression, melancholy, brooding, is to go deliberately forth and try to lift with one’s sympathy the gloom of somebody else.” Arnold Bennett (1867-1931), British Novelist Parenting is inherently difficult work. Patience, endurance, and restraint are common traits that parents develop as they set boundaries, teach morals, and discipline their children. More difficulties compound when children and adolescents begin showing signs of...

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