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14
Jan

Is Transracial Adoption Right for Your Family?

Transracial AdoptionParenting children across racial lines brings with it new challenges and joys. Parents must educate and immerse themselves in their child’s culture. They must be prepared to respond to prying questions from friends, family, and even strangers. But, all in all, parenting a child of a different race than your own is no different than parenting a child who shares your racial makeup.

Regardless of the race of the child, a parent’s worries will be the same: Is my child eating healthy? Is he or she growing/developing properly? How are they doing socially? Should they be involved in more activities? How many more times can I watch this episode of Doc McStuffins before I go completely insane?

For parents of children with different backgrounds than their own, race is not a burden or challenge, but an undercurrent that remains in the back of their minds. Race is something that they rarely think about, but that is always influencing their decisions.

The biggest concern voiced by prospective adoptive families who are considering transracial adoption is the fact that they won’t be able to relate to their child’s specific needs based on his or her race. How can parents teach children how to interact with the world as black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American or white adults without having been there themselves?

While it may be difficult for you to do alone, you CAN surround your child with friends, neighbors, peers and mentors who share their race or ethnicity. You can provide your child with access to cultural events where he or she can meet other people like them. Allow them to explore their roots and support their efforts to embrace their birth culture. You may not know what it’s like to grow up being black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American or white, but you can provide your child with relationships with people who do.

As couples continue to open their arms to children of all backgrounds, transracial adoption is becoming increasingly common in the U.S. All across the country parents can find support or play groups that allow children to interact with other children of the same race or ethnicity. You can also find books, movies and T.V. shows that address transracial adoption. There are plenty of resources out there that can help transracial families address their cultural differences.

Transracial Adoption with American Adoptions

While it is ultimately up to the expectant mother to choose a family for her child, American Adoptions works with hundreds of expectant mothers each year who choose to place their babies with waiting families of a different race.

In fact, there is a strong need for families seeking to adopt children of African-American decent. This need lead American Adoptions to create our Agency-Assisted Program to aid in placing African-American children with loving families of any race.

If you and your family are considering transracial adoption, please speak with your Adoptive Family Specialist about joining our Agency Assisted program. You can also visit our Available Situations page to learn more about expectant mothers still in need of loving families for their children.

4
Jan

Families Needed for Available Situations

Although American Adoptions works with families of all types, budgets, races, etc., there are times when our agency is unable to match a prospective birth mother with one of our current active families.

The reasons for this are varied and can be due to the living expense needs of the birth mother, the social or medical history of the birth parents or even because the birth parents are seeking a family meeting a specific criteria. When our agency is unable to match a birth mother with one of our active families, we reach out to adoptive families via our Available Situations webpage. Many times, these birth parents begin an adoption opportunity with an adoptive family who, after discussion and research, become open to a situation they may not have considered before.

Please watch the video below where Adoption Specialist Kathie shares more about these adoption situations, including:

  • What is the Adoption Resource Center?
  • Where do these Available Situations come from?
  • What requirements are needed to pursue an Adoption Situation?
  • What information will the adoptive family receive about the birth parents?
  • We are ready to pursue an Adoption Situation – what’s next?

American Adoptions urges all adoptive families currently working with our agency to periodically check the Available Situations page and contact our agency if they would like their profile to be shown for a specific situation.

We are currently in need of adoptive families who are open to adopting African American children and children with some drug exposure. We have many birth mothers in both our Agency Assisted and Traditional programs who are in need of adoptive families for their babies. If you are willing to accept either situation we encourage you to contact your Adoptive Family Specialist about joining the Agency Assisted program or opening up your Adoption Planning Questionnaire.

Our Available Situations are an excellent opportunity for waiting families who are eager to become parents. If you are interested in learning more about any of these situations please visit our Available Situations page.

In order to be considered for an Available Situation, all families must have a current, approved home study and some form of profile we can show to the birth mother.

12
May

Families Always Needed for Current Available Situations!

Although American Adoptions works with families of all types, budgets, races, etc., there are times when our agency is unable to match a prospective birth mother with one of our current active families.

The reasons for this are varied and can be due to the living expense needs of the birth mother, the social or medical history of the birth parents or even because the birth parents are seeking a family meeting a specific criteria. Please watch the video below where Adoption Specialist Kathie shares more about these adoption situations, including:

  • What is the Adoption Resource Center?
  • Where do these Available Situations come from?
  • What requirements are needed to pursue an Adoption Situation?
  • What information will the adoptive family receive about the birth parents?
  • We are ready to pursue an Adoption Situation – what’s next?

When our agency is unable to match a birth mother with one of our active families, we reach out to adoptive families via our Available Situations webpage.

American Adoptions urges all adoptive families currently working with our agency to periodically check the Available Situations page and contact our agency if they would like their profile to be shown for a specific situation.

We are currently in need of adoptive families who are open to adopting African American children. We have many birth mothers in our Agency Assisted program who are in need of adoptive families for their babies. If you are willing to accept this type of situation we encourage you to contact your Adoptive Family Specialist about joining the Agency Assisted program or opening up your Adoption Planning Questionnaire.

Our Available Situations are an excellent opportunity for waiting families who are eager to become parents. If you are interested in learning more about any of these situations please visit our Available Situations page.

In order to be considered for an Available Situation, all families must have a current, approved home study and some form of profile we can show to the birth mother.

15
Jan

What are “Available Situations” for Adoption?

American Adoptions works with families of all types, budgets, etc., but there are still times when our agency is unable to match a prospective birth mother with one of our current active families.

The reasons for this are varied and can be due to the living expenses needs of the birth mother, the social or medical history of the birth parents or even because the birth parents are seeking a family meeting a specific criteria. Please watch the video below where Adoption Specialist Kathie shares more about these adoption situations, including:

  • What is the Adoption Resource Center?
  • Where do these Available Situations come from?
  • What requirements are needed to pursue an Adoption Situation?
  • What information will the adoptive family receive about the birth parents?
  • We are ready to pursue an Adoption Situation – what’s next?

Visit our Available Situations webpage to see if you are interested in any of the current situations that we have been unable to match with any of our active families.

American Adoptions urges all adoptive families currently working with our agency to periodically check the Available Situations page and contact our agency if they would like their profile to be shown for a specific situation. Our Available Situations are an excellent opportunity for waiting families, even those with whom we have not yet worked with.

However, it’s important to note that in order to be considered for an Available Situation, all families must have a current, approved home study and some form of profile we can show the birth mother so she can learn more about you. Click here to view our Available Situations.

17
Jul

Families Always Needed for Available Situations

Although American Adoptions works with families of all types, budgets, etc., there are times where our agency is unable to match a prospective birth mother with one of our current active families.

The reasons for this are varied and can be due to the living expenses needs of the birth mother, the social or medical history of the birth parents or even because the birth parents are seeking a family meeting a specific criteria. Please watch the video below to learn more about these adoption situations.

When our agency is unable to match a birth mother with one of our active families, we reach out to adoptive families via our Available Situations webpage.

American Adoptions urges all adoptive families currently working with our agency to periodically check the Available Situations page and contact our agency if they would like their profile to be shown for a specific situation. Our Available Situations are an excellent opportunity for waiting families.

In order to be considered for an Available Situation, all families must have a current, approved home study and some form of profile we can show to the birth mother. Click here to view our Available Situations.

25
Sep

Adoption Situations Available

Adoption SituationsRecently, we’ve had a number of Adoption Situations listed on our website. An Adoption Situation is listed when American Adoptions (or another adoption agency or attorney) has a birth mother that we cannot readily connect with any of our waiting families for an adoption opportunity. 

Our Available Adoption Situations page is intended to give prospective adoptive couples the opportunity to view real pregnant mothers who are working with American Adoptions. Each family must be paper-ready to be considered for any of the situations, so continue to read on before you contact our agency at 1-800-ADOPTION with any questions or inquiries.

In order to be considered for the situations listed, you must have an approved and current adoption home study and be able to fax or mail it to our office upon our request. You must also be able to provide all items on our list of required supporting documents at that time. For information about what we require for your completed home study to be approved by American Adoptions, or what supporting documents you must provide, please see the home study section of our website. If you are interested in one of the situations and have a completed home study, but do not have these items in-hand, you should speak with your home study agency and verify the steps you’ll need to take to acquire these documents in case you are chosen for the situation.

If you do not have a home study at this time, you may not be eligible for a current situation. However, if you would like to have a home study completed to use in the future, please click here to see our home study information. If you do not live in a state where American Adoptions can provide your home study, please visit 1-800-HomeStudy for home study agencies in your state.

*Note: Adoption situations listed on our site represent an extremely small percentage of American Adoptions’ cases. These situations are only listed when we are unable to locate an adoptive family from our own pool of waiting families. Although many of the following adoption situations include reported drug usage, medical concerns or other factors, please note that these are rare situations and do not represent the majority of cases handled by American Adoptions. Please note that any “at risk” fees associated with these situations do NOT apply to families who are currently active with American Adoptions. For more information regarding any of these situations, or for more information about our agency, please contact us at 1-800-ADOPTION or at situations@americanadoptions.com. Or you can visit the American Adoptions Adoption Situations page.

1
Jun

What if we find a desirable Available Adoption Situation?

When we see an available adoption situation that we are interested in, should we contact you to make sure our profile is being shown? We see some situations that seem to be what we’re looking for and want to make sure we’re not missing out.

We get this question often. American Adoptions posts adoption situations for birth mothers who have completed information, have been working with one of our adoption birth parent specialists and are receiving counseling and assessment services. These are birth mothers who need to select an adoptive family right now. Sometimes a situation is posted because no active families have APQs or budgets to fulfill the situation or the birth mother’s preferences. Sometimes the birth mother is looking for something in addition to what our current families possess, so we need to find more families etc.

Any family can inquire by emailing situations@americanadoptions.com. These are real, current situations for which we actively need families, so if you ever see a situation posted and wish to know more, contact us right away. Many successful adoptions have been completed using this tool!

Remember: To be considered for the adoption situations listed, you must have an approved adoption home study that is current (completed in the last 12 months) and be able to send it to our office upon request. You must also be able to provide all required supporting documents at our request. To learn what we require in an American Adoptions-approved home study or what supporting documents you must provide, please see the home study section of our website. If you do not have these items in hand, speak with your home study agency and learn how to acquire these documents if you are chosen for the situation.

If you do not have a home study at this time, you are not eligible for a current situation. However, if you would like to have a home study done, please see our home study information. If you do not live in a state where American Adoptions can provide your home study, please visit 1-800-HomeStudy for home study agencies in your state.

Please Note: Adoption situations represent an extremely small percentage of American Adoptions’ cases. Situations are listed when we are unable to locate an adoptive family from our waiting list. Although many adoption situations include reported drug usage, medical concerns or other factors, these are rare and do not represent the majority of our cases. Any “at-risk” fees associated with these situations do NOT apply to families who are currently active with American Adoptions.

To view Available Adoption Situations in the future, use the button at the bottom of the right navigation bar of our blog. It will connect you to our Available Adoption Situation page.

17
Feb

Available Adoption Situations

Our last two Testimonial Tuesdays have featured families who adopted children from Available Adoption Situations. Some of you may have questions about what this means, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to explain what they are and how to find them.

Our Available Adoption Situations page is intended to give prospective adoptive couples the opportunity to view real pregnant mothers who are working with American Adoptions. Each family must be paper-ready to be considered for any of the situations, so continue to read on before you contact our agency at 1-800-ADOPTION with any questions or inquiries.

In order to be considered for the situations listed, you must have an approved and current adoption home study and be able to fax or mail it to our office upon our request. You must also be able to provide all items on our list of required supporting documents at that time. For information about what we require for your completed home study to be approved by American Adoptions, or what supporting documents you must provide, please see the home study section of our website. If you are interested in one of the situations and have a completed home study, but do not have these items in-hand, you should speak with your home study agency and verify the steps you’ll need to take to acquire these documents in case you are chosen for the situation.

If you do not have a home study at this time, you may not be eligible for a current situation. However, if you would like to have a home study completed to use in the future, please click here to see our home study information. If you do not live in a state where American Adoptions can provide your home study, please visit 1-800-HomeStudy for home study agencies in your state.

*Note: Adoption situations listed on our site represent an extremely small percentage of American Adoptions’ cases. These situations are only listed when we are unable to locate an adoptive family from our own pool of waiting families. Although many of the following adoption situations include reported drug usage, medical concerns or other factors, please note that these are rare situations and do not represent the majority of cases handled by American Adoptions. Please note that any “at risk” fees associated with these situations do NOT apply to families who are currently active with American Adoptions.  For more information regarding any of these situations, or for more information about our agency, please contact us at 1-800-ADOPTION or at situations@americanadoptions.com. Or you can visit the American Adoptions Adoption Situations page.

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