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Adoption is a lifelong journey, and so is adoption education.  We've written these posts to help you along your way.  Please enjoy, and let us know what you think in the comments section.

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Everyone Needs a Role Model

Everyone needs a role model.  They teach us about ourselves. In children, they help to define what they feel is important and meaningful.  Sometimes children compare themselves, and when they believe that they share characteristics, it can help them to believe in themselves.If they find similarities in the person they admire—in any way—it is easier…
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Deciding Between Adoption or Abortion

Many women find themselves faced with unplanned pregnancies. When a woman is faced with the decision to have her baby and offer him/her up for adoption or choose abortion, this difficult decision is met with turmoil, uncertainty and a sense of overwhelming loneliness. The reasons these women should consider placing their child up for adoption…
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Recession Could Mean Higher Adoption Rates

The U.S. recession has greatly impacted America’s younger generation. More 20- and 30-year-olds are unemployed, home ownership is substantially down and more people are realizing the standard dream of stability, 2.5 kids and a white picket fence are rapidly fading. While it is unclear how long it will take for the U.S. economy to fully…
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Adoption Assistance Programs

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers several tax benefits for adoptive parents. Qualified adoption expenses are tax deductible, helping offset the costs associated with domestic and international adoptions. For the 2012 tax year, the credit of $12,650 per child is non-refundable. Qualified adoption expenses can include traveling (and costs associated with lodging and meals),…
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Bonding Tips for Adoptive Parents

Heart to Heart is a Utah adoption agency that understands the difficulty of becoming an adoptive parent. While becoming a parent is fun, engaging and exciting, it can also prove challenging. Heart to Heart focuses on keeping families informed about adoption. This article highlights some essential bonding tips for adoptive parents to forge a life-long…
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Birth Parents: Abortion Alternatives

In today’s society, children are becoming sexually active younger than ever before. Even adults find themselves faced with unplanned pregnancies. There are many alternatives to abortion and the experts at Heart to Heart are available to help pregnant girls and women through these difficult times. While adoption laws vary by state, the experts at Heart…
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Learning About the Adoptive Home Study

The Home Study, also known as the Adoptive Home Study, has a number of functions. It ensures that you meet agency and state requirements and it helps you and your family to prepare for a new family member. It consists of several interviews, as well as information you provide to the agency about your life, job,…
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