Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Today is Earth Day and what better way to celebrate than to recycle some of your used baby toys and gear! Local agency, Cradles to Crayons makes it easy with drop off locations and “adopt a drop,” volunteer hosted drop off sites. Check out the website to for more information: www.cradlestocrayons.org
Friday, April 18, 2014
Happy Easter from A Baby Step Adoption! We all know that Christians celebrate Jesus’ resurrection today, but did you know Jesus could be considered the original adopted child? His adoption was obviously not like those of today with paperwork and God giving up his rights to Joseph, but Joseph, his earthly father who raised him, could be considered his adoptive father.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
It's April 15th - remember to take your deduction for your new dependent as long as your baby was born in 2013. Also claim your adoption tax credit if you finalized in 2013. It's a $13,190 dollar for dollar give back. We have a brochure with every tax break pertaining to children just ask us at A Baby Step Adoption. Tax credit applies to qualified expenses for failed or finalized adoptions - section 8939.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Same sex couples are increasingly choosing adoption to have a child of their own although the laws vary from state to state and can be very discriminating and confusing. In the U.S., states may restrict adoption by sexual orientation or marital status. Since adoptions are mostly handled by local courts in the United States, some judges and clerks accept or deny petitions to adopt on criteria that vary from other judges and clerks in the same state, leading to a confused or ambiguous legal status for same-sex parents in some states. At A Baby Step Adoption, we support our gay and lesbian parents on the quest to start a family. We can help navigate the legal system in your state so that you are able to give a child the gift of a forever family.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
You’ve gone through the process of adopting a child, but now what? You thought were prepared to be a parent. You read all of the books and bought all of the baby gear, but now you’re home, and this little bundle seems so fragile. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends and family members! It takes a village to raise a child!
Friday, April 4, 2014
If you're like most of us, you're probably reading this post on an Apple smartphone, iPad or computer. You can thank the late Steve Jobs, co-founder of the multi billion dollar company and adopted son of Paul and Clara Jobs. Jobs has been quoted on his feelings towards adoption saying, "Knowing I was adopted may have made me feel more independent, but I have never felt abandoned. I've always felt special. My parents made me feel special....They were my parents 1,000%."
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
How to create an effective appealing profile book: Share vivid photos and personal anecdotes that communicate your personality to the birth parents. Successful adoptions are built on prebirth connections. Ask your ABSA caseworker for feedback and samples of winning life books! We are here to help. Contact us today: http://ababystepadoption.com/