Author Archives: Michelle Keyes

Surviving the Adoption Wait

Ready? Set? Wait! Sound familiar? The beginning stages of the adoption process are full of activity. You are learning about adoption, getting to know your counselor, attending workshops, taking online classes, working on the plethora of home study paperwork, taking the perfect front photo, and refining your Dear Birthparent Letter text for the umpteenth time, [...]

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Preparing for a Home Study: What You Need to Know

The first thing to keep in mind when preparing for the home study portion of the adoption process is to realize that we are not trying to exclude or disqualify a family from adopting.  We want you to adopt! Most issues that would disqualify a family from adopting are found before the actual home study [...]

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What’s So Important About Positive Adoption Language?

Positive adoption language (PAL) means more than just being politically correct, or in the know, about adoption language.  It really does have deep seated roots and evokes emotions that affect each member of the triad in a different way.  However, the overall consensus is that PAL embraces the true spirit of adoption, particularly open adoption, [...]

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Georgia’s HB-21 Signed Into Law

May 6th was an important day in Georgia state law: HB 21 was signed into law by Governor Deal, making post adoption contract agreements legal in the state of Georgia. This endeavor began earlier this year when Representative Mary Margaret Oliver introduced the bill after being approached by Judge Michael Key of Troupe County. There [...]

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How to Find the Right Adoption Match

Most every prospective adoptive parent anxiously waits for their first contact and hopes that the first contact will result in a match and eminent placement.  While this has, and does happen, it is more realistic to prepare for multiple contacts before finding the right match.  Are you on the adoption journey with the first person [...]

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Georgia’s HB 21: Post Adoption Contracts

Georgia House Representative Mary Margaret Oliver introduced a bill in February 2013 that would, if passed, make post adoption contract agreements in Georgia legally binding. Her interest in initiating this bill stemmed from Judge Michael Key, out of Troup County, who’s experience in the courts led him to believe this would be beneficial. The interest [...]

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“Mom, Why Don’t I Look Like You?”

In the past, through closed adoptions, these were probably dreaded words to hear. But now with open adoption, these words are easily explained and most likely already known from a very early age. By the time your child is asking these types of questions, they are noticing the differences around them and trying to figure [...]

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Using Positive Adoption Language

Just as with everything else these days, there are “PC” terms to use in the adoption world. While it may seem insignificant, the words you use when referring to your child’s adoption will greatly affect their self-esteem and self-image. Your child/ren will learn to speak about their adoption based on the words they hear you [...]

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Talking to Children About Adoption – Part 4 of 4

If you are adopting and have other children, either biologically or through adoption, you will need to prepare them for the arrival of a sibling through adoption. If your other child/ren is/are adopted, this is going to bring up questions about their own birth and adoption story. It’s going to be a good opportunity to [...]

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Talking to Children About Adoption – Part 3 of 4

If your child’s birthparents close off contact at some point, it’s important to let your child know that they are always welcome back. Let them know that their birthparents still have your phone number or address and if you’ve moved, that you’ve provided the agency with your new information so they can get it when [...]

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