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Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day from A Baby Step Adoption!

Happy Memorial Day from A Baby Step Adoption! We salute all of our vets, both living and deceased, today! Take some time to reflect on how our history and our ancestors have shaped who we are today. Both birthparents and adoptive parents have a lasting effect on who our children will become. Honor the past and embrace the future!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

OUR FOUNDER: Barbara B. Casey

Adoptive parents must hire a lawyer to legalize the adoption, and experts recommend hiring one who specializes in adoption. A Baby Step Adoption founder, Barbara Casey, is an attorney with years of adoption experience, which makes the process so much easier! It helps to have an expert on hand as you go through the adoption process.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

TUESDAY TIP: Skype and Facetime

The new innovations of Skype and Facetime have changed adoption. These are extremely useful tools to help birthparents and adoptive families keep in touch. This week we used Skype to complete two final hearings. Two Lawyers/parents from California, their daughter, and their new baby appeared on the screen. They testified before Judge Grim from the comfort of their living room. Our Pittsburgh Family was spared the rainy drive to the courthouse. They have five children—three are adopted. Friday was the toddlers third birthday, so he was glad to be home for the party. The newborn brother was officially adopted by the “miracle” of Skype with the family on the screen at home.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Welcome baby Elsa!

ABSA was finalizing 5 adoptions & 1 miracle baby! She was born by emergency C w Mom on life support. All healthy. Welcome baby Elsa!

Monday, May 5, 2014

What is Open Adoption ?

What is Open Adoption ?

Open adoption has become a common term these days in the adoption community, and it seems as if most birth parents and adoptive families strive for this kind of open door adoption process. But what is open adoption exactly?To understand the concept, we have to understand the way things used to be when adoptions were closed and quite different from today. At that time, biological parents and adoptive parents had almost no contact during the pregnancy or after the baby was born. Back then, a birth mother played no role in selecting the family who would adopt her child. The adoption agency matched the baby with no input from the birth mother. In the mid 1970’s, the trend towards open adoptions began when studies showed it was better for the children involved and by the mid nineties, some agencies, including A Baby Step Adoption, were accepting open adoption as the norm.
Sometimes, open adoption facts become muddled through misuse of the term. An open adoption is when the biological and adoptive families have access to varying degrees of each other’s personal information and are able to communicate with each other during the pregnancy and after the baby is born. In this scenario, the birth parents choose the adoptive family as much as the family chooses them and their child. In fact, the birth parents can look at several families’ profiles, even their health history, to determine who would be the best fit for them. From that point, there is often a face-to-face meeting set up between the two parties, and an ongoing relationship develops.
The adoptive parents still maintain the rights as the legal parents however, if both agree, there can be contact in some form. Many of our birth mothers and adoptive families have chosen open adoption with great success. One of our recent adoptive families received regular texts from the birth mother they were matched with during her pregnancy and attended all of her ultrasounds. Today, they communicate with photos and updates sent by the adoptive family to the biological parents about twice a year. Some families establish a private Facebook page for sharing photos. Other families plan regular visits between birth parents and the adoptive families. A new law in Pennsylvania supports post adoption contact agreements. These open adoption agreements encourage open adoptions and extend the benefits of open adoption to more biological relatives such as grandparents or siblings. An open relationship happens more often than not with our families. We at A Baby Step Adoption believe firmly in the choice of an open adoption and offer the option to our clients. We can help you every step of the way!