I have experience with adoption subsidy, the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children and variety of other adoption related matters. I hope that I can be helpful to those who are considering adoption or would like to adopt a child.
I am a social worker with an MSW and I have over thirty years of experience in family and children's services. I have worked as Director of adoption services and of the Interstate Compact in a large state agency. I have also provided direct services to children and families in a preventive services program. I currently prepare adoption studies for those who are adopting domestically or internationally.
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I find that adoption is a wonderful way to build families. There are many children who are born into situations to which they should not be subjected. Adoption usually gives these children a better chance to have a good life.
After working in a variety of areas with families and children, I find it very gratifying to provide adoption services. I want families who have an interest in adopting to follow up on it. There are many children who need adoptive homes.
Those who end up adopting are the ones with the most perserverance.
In my opinion, the public system (foster care and adoption) is the most problematic. It is wonderful that President Clinton has signed legislation to reduce the time that children remain in foster care, but now this reform must be implemented. There are many problems in the public system that need to be addressed, but few people are willing to own up to these problems.
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Hi Maria- I'm glad that you contacted me because you and your family are taking on a big burden. It is difficult to answer some of your questions, because I have only the limited information that you provided
Hi Ney- Adoption laws vary from state to state, but most states have laws that are similar to one another. You will have to get the court to grant a termination of the birth father's parental rights
Hi Ken- There are not supposed to be any charges for placing a child for adoption. For example a birthmother cannot legally charge for placing her child although it is generally allowable for her to
It would be extremely difficult to adopt her and the legal costs would be high. The first step would be to get her parents to terminate their parental rights. Then if 19 year olds can aadopt in your
Hi Sara- When it comes to adoption subsidy, every state has different rules, etc. You should speak with someone who administers the subsidy program in the children's services area for the State of PA
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