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Month: November 2015

The Dear Birth Mother Letter

The first element of your profile, after the cover sheet and photogrph, should be your "Dear Birth Mother" letter.  This should be no more than one typed page in length.  It is in fact a letter and has the words "Dear Birth Mother" as the salutation. Imagine...

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Can a Former Spouse Adopt?

There is a statute in Virginia which allows a former spouse to adopt if he or she stood in loco parentis to the child or children during the marriage. Loco Parentis means to be in the position of a parent.  The most common example would be if a step father lived...

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Preparing Your Profile Part II

I have sat with many birthmothers and watched them sort through profiles. While there are exceptions, I am convinced that something usually catches the eye of most birthmothers and causes them to look more closely at a particular profile.  It is human nature to...

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Preparing Your Profile Part I

An adoptive family profile is a packet of information about yourselves.  It is intended to give a birth mother the information she needs in order to fairly consider whether she wants to place her baby with you for adoption.  Making the profile genuinely...

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Service upon Birth Fathers

There are several options for serving notice of an adoption upon a birth father.  One of these is providing notice through the Putative Father Registry.  Under the law, this may involve merely mailing certain notices to him through certified mail, even...

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