Tag Archive | Adoption

#Placed Campaign

#Placed Campaign

I am already gearing up for this year’s #placed campaign. Started by Birthmother’s Baskets, the #placed campaign is trying to reach out via social media to friends, family, Hollywood, and all people.  It is trying to share with everyone what so many birthparents, families who adopted, adopted kiddos, and adoption professionals already know. The #placed […]

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REHOMING: The costs to children are great!

Dear Readers, When I did a Google Search of the word “Rehoming”, the following definitions were the first to pop up. It appears that rehoming has previously, and maybe exclusively, referred to pets that were adopted and then readopted into another home for one reason or another. **Longman’s English Dictionary of “re‧home” is “to arrange […]

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TAX CREDIT: Here today and gone tomorrow???

TAX CREDIT: Here today and gone tomorrow???

ADOPTION TAX CREDIT:  IS IT A GOOD THING? If you agree, what can YOU do? JOIN OTHER FAMILIES LIKE YOURSELVES TO  “SAVE THE ADOPTION TAX CREDIT” HOW? Click on this link and take action. THERE’S STILL TIME – DON’T PUT THIS OFF ANY LONGER

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Safe Haven Law

Safe Haven Law

Often while watching movies and television shows I am broadsided by misinformation regarding adoption. I have to admit that there are times that I have laughed at the portrayal of adoption, for example, when home study workers are portrayed as particularly aggressive and judgmental while interviewing a couple. I find this funny for two reasons: 1. The ECFA Adoption […]

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Adoption Tax Credit May Be In Jeopardy

Adoption Tax Credit May Be In Jeopardy

ACTION ALERT: ADOPTION TAX CREDIT MAY BE IN JEOPARDY CHECK OUT THIS LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://adoptiontaxcredit.org/ Current Practice: Adoption Tax Credit Information Individuals qualify for the adoption tax credit if they adopted a child and paid out-of-pocket expenses relating to the adoption. The amount of the tax credit a family may qualify for is directly […]

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Serving ECFA, again

Serving ECFA, again

Barbara Hellmer, MSW, LCSW, Adoption Program Supervisor What a blessing to be back at Evangelical Child and Family Agency after a nearly year and a half absence! This time, I am pleased to be serving families who desire to open their hearts and homes to children needing adoption. After graduating with a BA in Sociology from Greenfield College, […]

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Adoption and Birth Parent Rights

Adoption and Birth Parent Rights

“Birth Parents’ Rights and Responsibilities” is a document that was created by the State of Illinois Department of Children and Families Services. The document must be given to a client working with an adoption agency “as soon as is reasonably practical.” In most cases, a copy of the document is given to the client by […]

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