Adoption Reunion

Merle GuttermanAdoption

Thank you everyone who celebrated with us! We continue to support women and families in need who wish to make an adoption plan with free options counseling, grief and loss preparation and support as well as housing, food, maternity clothing and items to ensure a healthy, safe pregnancy. We continue to advocate for adoption as a reproductive health choice and …

Trends in Foster Care and Adoption

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Numbers of Children in Foster Care After declining by nearly 15% percent between FY 2008 and FY 2012 to a low of 396,000, the number of children in foster care on the last day of each fiscal year since has shown an increase. However, based on the most recent data the magnitude of these increases is decreasing. Specifically, the percent …

Adoption Laws

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Major Federal Laws Concerned With Child Protection, Child Welfare, and Adoption The primary responsibility for child welfare services rests with the States. Each State has its own legal and administrative structures and programs that address the needs of children and families. However, States must comply with specific Federal requirements and guidelines in order to be eligible for Federal funding under …

Adoption ARC Reunion

Merle GuttermanAdoption

Turning twenty- five years old is a milestone for all of us here at Adoption ARC. It has been and continues to be an honor to work with all members of the adoption triad as well as well as our partner agencies, Choices in Canada, A New Way in Holland and Helping Hands in Ireland. The area adoption professionals in …

Adoption Glossary: Relevant Words and Terms for Adoption

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Accredited Agency An accredited agency is an adoption service provider who has been accredited by either the Council on Accreditation (COA) or the Colorado Department of Human Services (CO) to provide adoption services in the United States for cases subject to the regulations set forth by the Hague Adoption Convention. An accredited agency does not include a temporarily accredited agency. …

HOW DO I PLACE MY BABY FOR ADOPTION- PART 1

Merle GuttermanAdoption

HOW DO I PLACE MY BABY FOR ADOPTION: So, I just found out that I am pregnant, now what? So, you’ve just taken a pregnancy test, and it’s positive. Oh, No! This is not a happy time for you because this in an unplanned pregnancy. You are scared, confused and not ready to be a mother. So, what can you …

Unwanted Pregnancy

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Unwanted pregnancy: one of the most difficult decisions that any person can make is to “give my baby up for adoption” or “put my baby up for adoption”. Quite frankly, these terms themselves are very harsh and as adoption professionals, we know that so much more goes into this decision when you find yourself with an unplanned pregnancy. Positive adoption …

“Give My Baby Up For Adoption”

Merle GuttermanAdoption

One of the most difficult decisions that any person can make is to “give my baby up for adoption” or “put my baby up for adoption”. Quite frankly, these terms themselves are very harsh and as adoption professionals, we know that so much more goes into this decision when you find yourself with an unplanned pregnancy. Positive adoption language teaches …

Mother’s Day and Birth Mother’s Day

Merle GuttermanAdoption

Twenty-three years ago, I became a mother for the first time! I was excited, nervous and full of hope. Adoption ARC was born. Okay, it was certainly a physically painless delivery but everything else was just as earth shattering. As a young attorney, I began my career doing child abuse and neglect cases and seeing children languish in foster care. …