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Building an Adoption Support System

Building an Adoption Support System

No man, or woman, is an island. This phrase, originally from a book of poetry written in the early 1600s, has become commonplace in our culture because it is so true. People don’t do well when they are alone. Isolation isn’t an ideal way of life in any context. This...
A Timeline of the Legal Adoption Process

A Timeline of the Legal Adoption Process

If you are an expectant mother considering adoption for your baby or a hopeful parent considering adoption for your family, you probably have a lot of questions about the adoption process. This is normal. You aren’t expected to be an expert about adoption when you...
5 Common Adoption Myths — And the Truth Behind Them

5 Common Adoption Myths — And the Truth Behind Them

Whether you are an expectant mother considering adoption or a hopeful parent trying to grow your family, adoption can seem confusing at first. It’s understandable to feel intimidated by the adoption process. Not only is it highly emotional time for everyone involved,...
Is Independent Adoption Right for You?

Is Independent Adoption Right for You?

Choosing adoption for a baby is one of the most difficult decisions any expectant mother can make. It’s a choice made out of unselfish love, because you know that the best chance for your baby to have a life of opportunity is with a loving, adoptive family. And you...
How to Adopt a Baby From the Hospital

How to Adopt a Baby From the Hospital

Of all the steps involved in a domestic infant adoption, the adoption hospital stay can be the most nerve-wracking and emotional. For a birth mother, there is of course the difficulty of labor but also the emotional loss associated with potentially holding her baby...
When You Give a Baby Up for Adoption, Do You Have to Go to Court?

When You Give a Baby Up for Adoption, Do You Have to Go to Court?

Many elements of the adoption process can seem intimidating. As an expectant mother experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, you are already likely feeling an overwhelming rush of emotions — both positive and negative. Of all the things expectant mothers wonder about,...
Things Your Adoption Attorney Wants You to Know

Things Your Adoption Attorney Wants You to Know

The adoption process can be complex. There are agency guidelines, specific details of each unique adoption plan and legal requirements to take into account.  As a hopeful parent considering adoption, you already have a lot on your plate. Trying to navigate the...
Can a Friend Adopt My Baby?

Can a Friend Adopt My Baby?

It’s common to hear the phrase “giving a baby up” for adoption. But, if you are an expectant mother experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, you should know that choosing adoption for your baby is not giving up — it is giving life. Choosing adoption comes from a place of...
How Safe Haven Baby Adoptions Work in Iowa

How Safe Haven Baby Adoptions Work in Iowa

It takes a lot of bravery to decide that you aren’t able to parent a baby. You may have initially planned to raise your baby, but now find yourself overwhelmed and not sure what to do days or weeks after your child’s birth. When looking at your options, you may have...
Is Open Adoption Legally Enforceable in Iowa?

Is Open Adoption Legally Enforceable in Iowa?

If you’re a prospective birth or adoptive parent considering open adoption, you might be worried about the other party of the adoption keeping their postadoption communication agreement. It’s an understandable concern; entering into an agreement for the next decade...