Adoption Home Studies- What are Caseworkers really looking for?

After moving to Philadelphia ten years ago, I quickly learned the streets and layout of the city to find the best happy hours, the best chicken wings and the quickest way to the “El”. I know the city well, I know it’s rhythms, traffic patterns, crazy one way streets and how in almost all instances, it’s easier to walk to get to where you are going.

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Ritual After Loss

This past year I lost my father, the #1 Dad on the planet. His birthday passed and I found myself at a loss of what to do to mark the day. I felt a desire to “celebrate” him with some kind of tradition, but since we lived 5 hours apart, we didn’t always have birthdays together and therefore we didn’t have a “thing” we always did.

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Mother’s Day 2015

Mother's Day can be a wonderful, beautiful day, but also a very difficult one. For women struggling with infertility, this day can bring even more focus on how deep and powerful their pain is in longing for a child to make them a mother.  For those mothers who have lost a child, the grief on Mother's Day is quite possibly unbearable.

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Finding the Right Domestic Adoption Agency for You

Getting started in domestic adoption can be very overwhelming, and it’s hard to know what to ask when you are looking at different agencies that may be right for you.  Take a look at our questions to help get you started.

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A Birth Mother’s Strength

When I watch a beautiful and courageous birthmother make the loving and selfless choice of adoption and watch her both confidently and tearfully say goodbye to this little angel she gave life to, my heart aches and it makes our job so raw and so real.

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Birth Mother Robin’s Story

We were so blessed when Robin reached out to us this week to share her story with us.  Robin placed a baby girl for adoption with Haven back on July 1, 2014.  Robin is an amazing woman and we are so grateful to have her in our lives.  Maggie continues to keep in touch regularly and they are meeting for dinner soon.

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Carol & Dave’s adoption story

Many families have a tough story that leads them to adoption, and Carol & Dave were no exception.  Carol & Dave went through infertility treatments and after their third in vitro fertilization they got pregnant.  Sadly, Abby was delivered stillborn on January 5, 2014.