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 to believe that they are okay themselves and provide an important kinship.


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Deciding Between Adoption or Abortion

Adoption or Abortion - Utah Adoption HelpMany 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 instead of abortion include the following:

  • Abortion – While studies show that four out of 10 pregnancies result in a termination, 88-percent of these pregnancies are concluded within the first trimester. Seventy-percent of women who report having an abortion say they look back with negative feelings and regret.

  • Assistance – Instead of choosing to terminate and end a baby’s life, birthmothers can place their babies for adoption with reputable adoption firms, such as Heart to Heart Adoptions in Utah. Heart to Heart Adoptions is a national non profit adoption agency. They offer exceptional assistance for pregnant mothers, including free medical care, housing, financial assistance and counseling support. Adoption is considered a gift of life.


Morocco’s Adoption Laws Change

Morocco Adoption Law - Utah Adoption AgencyMorocco has recently changed their nationwide adoption laws, leaving foreign couples without hope and promise, simply devastated by the turn of events.

As a predominantly Muslim country, many North African nations require religion be a determining factor when adopting children. However, last September, Morocco amended their laws, ultimately banning foreigners from adopting children. Morocco claims this is helping protect children’s interests and ultimately their religious identities.

Meanwhile, foreigners that have already entered the adoption process hold with baited breath, waiting to see if their applications will become null and void under the new laws. More than 100 families are affected, including American, French and Spanish citizens, as well as Moroccans living abroad in Europe. These couples were awarded children prior to the change in laws, but are still awaiting final guardianship decisions. (more…)

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20-Percent of Teen Births are Repeats

Teen Pregnancy - Utah Adoption AgencyStatistics show that in the U.S., teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 who give birth, nearly 20-percent are not first time parents. The state with the highest rate of repeat teen births is Texas at 22-percent, though reports do show that more teen moms are beginning to use birth control. For example, New Hampshire’s repeat pregnancy rate is only 10-percent.

The highest repeat teen births were American Indian and Alaska natives at 21.6-percent, Hispanics at 20.9-percent and African Americans at 20.4-percent. The lowest percentage was among Caucasians at 14.8-percent.

The states with the highest rates, averaging 20-percent, included Arizona, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Nevada. The states with lower rates, less than 15-percent, included Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New York, Vermont and Wyoming. (more…)

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The Reason ‘Find My Parents’ Facebook Posts are Working

Facebook Birth Parent Search - Utah AdoptionsJust last year the ever popular and growing social networking platform, known as “Facebook” reached one billion users. With activity in countries across North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, this social platform has literally redefined the social culture and how people stay in touch.

Long ago if people wanted to track down an old high school friend, the chances were slim, relying mostly on word of mouth, white page research and the yellow pages. Today, with Facebook literally taking over the world of social media, people can instantly find friends from grade school, middle school, high school or college simply with the ease of using Facebook’s search tools. (more…)