Author Archives: Amalia Gratteri

Single Adoptive Mother, Edie Falco, Talks to Her Kids About Being Adopted

Edith “Edie” Falco is best known for her role as Carmela Soprano on The Sopranos but she also plays the role of a  single mom to two adopted children, ages four and eight. She talks openly and very simply to them about their adoptions. But she realizes that at their young ages neither her son […]

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Katherine Heigl: Bonding with her Adopted Baby

Katherine Heigl is a renowned actress known for her roles in “The Ugly Truth” and “Knocked Up,” just to name a few. But now she also holds the title of mother to her daughter Naleigh adopted in 2009 from South Korea. It was something she knew she always wanted to do and made sure that […]

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Waiting to Adopt: Planning a Welcome Home Celebration

Bringing your baby home means it’s time to celebrate! Depending on your situation you may or may not be ready to celebrate the very day you bring your baby home, but having the baby welcomed by family and/or friends can be very helpful. They can stock your home with all the essentials — including a […]

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Waiting to Adopt: Older Sibling Adoption Books

As your family grows and you decide to adopt again, or for the first time if your child(ren) is/are biological, you need to consider the excitement and anticipation your child(ren) is feeling. It’s important to educate your child(ren) about open adoption and prepare them for his/her newborn baby brother or sister. We’ve found the article […]

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Waiting to Adopt: Baby Announcements

You’re anticipating the day that you receive “the call”, but what about the day you announce to the world that you have adopted? Every parent wants to show off their newborn baby! Sending out a baby announcement gives you bragging rights, and we want to help you find the perfect one. Our list of online […]

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Waiting to Adopt: Preparing with Parenting and Adoption Books

How is parenting in open adoption different? Before it’s time to bring your baby home from the hospital it’s very beneficial to read up on what adoptive parenting entails. In open adoption particularly, it is important to consider all sides to the story; your role as adoptive parent(s), the level of openness you want to […]

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Waiting to Adopt: Selecting Child Care Provider

When your child becomes old enough and you have to go back to work, finding the right child care can be another worry to tackle. Before you start freaking out about finding the perfect situation, we have some tips to help ease your worries! The Baby Center breaks it down into six steps: Identify your […]

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Waiting to Adopt: Select a Pediatrician

Finding a pediatrician you can trust is important. There are three types of providers to look for: pediatricians, family physicians, and pediatric nurse practitioners. The first step is in deciding which type of provider you would like for your child and then choosing a pediatrician. It’s a good idea to get to ask questions and […]

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Toys for Tots at IAC in Pleasant Hill

Our office in Pleasant Hill is supporting the Toys for Tots program by being a drop-off site for Contra Costa County. The mission of the Toys for Tots program is to collect new toys during the months of October, November and December and distribute the unwrapped toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the […]

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America Adopts! An Open Adoption Meeting Place

is a brand new resource for families pursuing open adoption. America Adopts! functions as a meeting place, offering various services that help prospective adoptive parents put their best foot forward as they reach out to potential birthparents. America Adopts! primary service allows prospective adoptive parents to create a four page adoption profile. Writing and networking […]

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