We heartily recommend that expectant parents and prospective adoptive parents learn as much as they can about adoption by reading books, information on line, attending adoption related movies and talking with individuals with adoption experience. Many people involved in adoption differ in their perspectives; learning about adoption can give you an overview of those perspectives and help you arrive at your own point of view. Both expectant parents and prospective adoptive families find themselves faced with a number of questions and decisions during the adoption process and in subsequent years. Learning how other biological parents and adoptive parents made choices can help you “try these on for size” so to speak and, again, help you find your own comfort level.
There is wide variability, throughout the country, with regard to the degree of post placement communication also referred to as “openness” between birth and adoptive parents. Learning more about the relationships that other families have established can help you consider what’s right for you and for your children.
As you begin your exploration of adoption, please feel free to email us with names of new titles books, movies, links to on-line resources) you think we should add to this list. We hope that these resources can help you on your journey!
Cord Blood Banking – Umbilical cord blood can be used in the development of regenerative stem cells and the treatment of potential future illnesses. The listing of one company is not an endorsement by the agency but merely a listing of information that we anticipate clients will check out by performing their own due diligence. One resource is ViaCord’s cord blood banking service (www.viacord.com) . We encourage all families to check out this and other cord banking services.