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Adoption Class #1 November 30, 2008

Filed under: Adoption — My Dysfunctional Life @ 3:54 pm

Original post: Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Last night was the first of five mandatory adoption classes at our agency, Adoption STAR. We met 6 other couples who are going through the same process and talked with a woman who was adopted as a baby, as well as just having adopted her own.

The topic was how to talk to your child about adoption, and how to validate their feelings regarding their birth-family. We did a few group exercises and had open discussion about the “what-if’s”…such as, “What if the child says I’m not their real mom?” and, “When do I bring up the subject of adoption?” The conversations were fascinating, and I learned a lot. The bottom line was to always talk about adoption, even as babies, so they never know a time where they DIDN’T know they were adopted. Honesty is the best policy!

We also turned in much of our paperwork last night…all of the clearances, borth/marriage certificates, etc. Now we’re working on earning credits and getting medical and tax information down.

In the meantime, I’m working on our “profile”, which is a scrapbook of your family which the birth-mother uses to “pick” you to raise her baby. YIPPEE!!!

I’ll keep you posted!

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