Molly by Any Other Name

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First-degree relatives of suicide victims, also called suicide probands, had a greater likelihood of suicide attempts, but it also has to be taken into consideration that they also had an increased risk of other psychological disorders. The Family Law Reform Act of 1987 removed all remaining legal distinctions between children born to married and unmarried parents. Finding a trusted person to talk to — a family member, friend, or counselor — can help when it comes to figuring things out.
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The Silent Cry

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I can never say I'm lonely," Duren says. "She lies across my stomach every night, and I just stare at her." Each country has its own laws dealing with information access. Birthparents and adoptive parents can affirm one another by endorsing the special roles each holds in the child’s life. I always made it perfectly clear that my efforts were never based on any dissatisfaction with them or the life they gave me. This is why some soul mates do not end up being together, and it is also why some children do not get adopted.
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If You Think You Are My Daughter

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Shaver (Eds.), The handbook of attachment: Theory, research, and clinical applications (pp. 355-377). Familiar objects and smells are comforting, and the child needs you to respect that he has a past and prior attachments. On the other hand, they probably have less energy than their younger counterparts and the situation will only be more pronounced as their child matures. From what I can recall, growing up I was always a happy little girl (daddy's little girl).
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Adoption: The Birth of a Real Mom, My Journal

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Hi, I’m Mikayla, I’m almost 16 years old. I was adopted by my cousins at 14 years old after my biological father gave me up. If your child is one of the many adopted children who have dealt with attachment issues, you may find divorce to be a very difficult time for him. This article was developed as a result of listening to hundreds of parents with their children and developing the best possible way to understand and redirect power struggles." ["post_title"]=> string(29) "Understanding Power Struggles" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(29) "understanding-power-struggles" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(59) " http://positiveparenting.com/dealing-with-power-struggles/" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2013-08-30 03:16:44" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2013-08-30 03:16:44" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(47) "http://positiveparenting.com/BePositive/?p=1029" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "6" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } } ["post"]=> object(WP_Post)#455 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(1048) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "1" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2014-01-03 22:27:17" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2014-01-03 22:27:17" ["post_content"]=> string(5904) " By Deborah Godfrey “Dad, where’s my backpack?” “Mom!
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Blessed Chaos: A Journey through Instant Motherhood

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United States Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration, June, 2003. For the purpose of adoption, South Carolina defines a special needs child as: Potential adoptive parents are required to take 14 hours of pre-adoption education class to help educate yourself about the types of things you might encounter in special needs adoption. Updating your foster parent home study to an adoptive home study should not be that time-consuming. Attorney fees and costs are then paid by the state.
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Kallie Dallie (Adoption Story) The Life of a Dazzling Diva

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Donaldson Adoption Institute, the Equality Foundation and the Center for American Progress. Although the decision to adopt a foster child seemed to be most influenced by a negative feeling about the biological parents, the practice of continuing contact after the adoption, although rare, was characterized by a positive relationship between the two sets of parents. As a general matter, a parent’s sexual orientation is not itself grounds for denying custody or visitation.52 In a heterosexual case, a court found that a father who had had an extramarital affair and lived with the other woman while married did not deprive him of custody rights where there was no evidence of harm to his children.53 What are the factors for making custody determinations generally?
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Adopting in China: A Practical Guide/An Emotional Journey

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I just found out that my therapist is expanding her practice and will have some openings for new clients. Critics of the Family Court have suggested using a tribunal or a court of experts to deal with child abuse cases. Today, many children are being parented by a single parent, a grandparent, a stepparent, foster parent or other parent figure. At worst, it can provide misleading results. What she wants and needs isn’t important. There may be situations where the adoptive parents are not cooperative or where there are personality clashes.
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Helping Your Child Learn Mathematics

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I have legal guardianship of my niece whose father (my brother) recently passed away. Whether you decide to designate one parent to communicate primarily with health care professionals or attend medical appointments together, keep one another in the loop. For example, the adoptee had to be from the same clan as the adopter, or at least have the same surname and be younger than the adopter so as to maintain order in the family genealogy (Bodde and Morris 1967). For the purpose of determining whether a person is a "natural parent" as that term is used in this chapter: (a) A natural parent and child relationship is established where that relationship is presumed and not rebutted pursuant to the Uniform Parentage Act (Part 3 (commencing with Section 7600) of Division 12 of the Family Code). (b) A natural parent and child relationship may be established pursuant to any other provisions of the Uniform Parentage Act, except that the relationship may not be established by an action under subdivision (c) of Section 7630 of the Family Code unless any of the following conditions exist: (1) A court order was entered during the father's lifetime declaring paternity. (2) Paternity is established by clear and convincing evidence that the father has openly held out the child as his own. (3) It was impossible for the father to hold out the child as his own and paternity is established by clear and convincing evidence. (c) A natural parent and child relationship may be established pursuant to Section 249.5. 6454.
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I Love You from the Edges: Lessons from Raising

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Abstract: "The purpose of the current study is to examine open adoption and contact with biological mothers, as well as children's problem behavior, as predictors of perceived parenting competence and parenting efficacy among adoptive mothers of older children. Bringing home a child, taking the responsibility of his upbringing, and giving him a secure and happy life makes the adoptive parents' life even more fulfilling. ▸ Even couples who have a biological child may choose adoption for reasons like giving their child a sibling, extending their family, or for a social cause.
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Understanding Attachment and Attachment Disorders: Theory,

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In a comprehensive study of the issues involved in adoption, the Maine Department of Human Resources Task Force on Adoption found in 1989 that every birth parent who was surveyed wanted to be found by the child/adult they had placed for adoption and 95% of the adoptees who were surveyed expressed a desire to be found by their birth parents. 98% of the adoptive parents supported reunions between their adopted child and members of the adoptee's birth family. (CWLA, 1998) Sachdev's 1991 study found that a substantial majority of birth mothers (85.5%) and adoptees (81.1%) supported access by adult adoptees to identifying information about their birth parents. (CWLA, 1998) Avery's 1996 research on the attitudes of adoptive parents in New York regarding access to identifying information found that 84% of the adoptive mothers and 73% of the adoptive fathers agreed or strongly agreed that an adult adoptee should be able to obtain identifying information on his or her birth parents. (CWLA, 1998) Freundlich, M. (1998).
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