Category: Adoption Photolisting

Adoption Statistics – Litte Known Facts About Adoption Revealed!

To know the bigger picture regarding what the nature and process of adoption is all about, adoption statistics are more than just numbers for people looking to adopt and those hoping to study the patterns and history of this vital way to building a family and therefore the nation, in turn. Many Americans have been touched by this process of adoption and just a decade ago, in 1997, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute conducted a survey to report over 60 per cent of US families had experienced adoption in some form or the other. In some instances, the participant was a product of an adoption, in others, one or more family members or a friend had been adopted or had placed a child for the same process. Thus, we find that this interesting study reveals a major portion of American families have been affected in some way by adoption.

The other aspect of adoption relates to the female demographics: women who place their unborn kids up for adoption. This is known as prenatal adoption and usually such women tend to have an inverse relationship with their socioeconomic status (SES) and academic level; sometimes, the decision is influenced by that of the birth mother and at others, by those within her familly who are linked to these factors. E.g. a woman with a mother having finished at least a year college is statistically 3 times more likely to place a child for adoption than one a woman whose mother did not graduate high school, reveal studies. Research claims that the latter come families less supportive of giving the child up for adoption which the former are lucky to have, but females from lower SES and academic backgrounds may equally be decisive about giving their children for adoption felt one California research.

Some of these adoption statistics and opinions may be somewhat outdated but as with other issues, the commercials have not been tampered with or changed much, givng us reasonable information that is accurate and revealing about the estimated cost of adoption: the adoption agency hired to find a child is the chief cost incurred by prospective parents. Hiring a local agency for a domestic adoption (public agency) may cost aroudn 00 or even less than that to nominal amounts, especially the non-profit ones, whereas if handed over to a private agency, the cost of adoption can range from 00 to ,000 because these are not subsidized by the state and also offer support services later.

However, the important thing to remember when discussing adoption statistics is that these numbers are only a small element of the adoption procedure and to be used merely to gain an insight into the past of adoptive processes and trends; they are not meant to be yardstick for future figures – go by insight.

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Adopting Orphans – 50 Day Video Challenge (Day 11)

Adopting orphans is not something that most people are comfortable discussing, much less driven to get involved with. However, most people would be interested in helping a child if given the opportunity. The following is a short story about how I have become involved in helping orphans in China to find “forever families” by helping to make adoption affordable.

For about 25 years, I have been an enormous fan of the Christian artist, Steven Curtis Chapman. I love his music. His lyrics have always touched my heart. In a lot of ways, I could even say he has been a mentor for most of my adult life, and I have never even met him. Well, that was until a few months ago.

It was October 29th, 2010, the night that He and his family were to be in town for “A Night With The Chapmans.” at the First Baptist Church in downtown Jacksonville, FL. I had purchased “Gold Circle” tickets months in advance, so our seats were very up close and personal. As usual, it was an amazing concert – one in which Steven Curtis’s boys were playing in his band; Caleb on guitar, and Will Franklin on drums. What a family of talented musicians – the show was spectacular!

Well, throughout the concert, I noticed that Will Franklin had continually glanced our way. As a matter of fact, to me it was quite obvious that he was scoping out my daughter, Kelsey. I couldn’t believe it, and at intermission we joked about it together as a family. When the concert was over, we took our time leaving, enjoying the moment and the afterglow of such a emotional high.

While Kristina and I were talking, Kelsey and her friend Cody decided to go over and get Will Franklin’s autograph since he had stayed out to give them. When they finally got to the front of the line to get the autographs, Will began to talk to them and even asked if they would like to come backstage to meet his Dad. They accepted immediately and called over! When they told me I was beside myself at the opportunity to actually meet a life long idol.

To make a long story short, Will Franklin actually took us backstage and we got to meet Steven himself. I was so excited, I forgot to ask for his autograph! I did remember to take a picture though! This was truly a night to remember! I got to meet Steven Curtis Chapman because his son thought my daughter was cute!

That was a personal story that you may or may not care about. But, there is a story to which Steven Curtis Chapman is connected that I hope you will care about. It is the story of Show Hope. Through his passion for children and God driven connections throughout his years of ministry, he has been a part of this ministry to orphans in China since 2003.

Show Hope is a non-profit organization that mobilizes individuals and communities to meet the most pressing needs of orphans in distress by providing 1) homes for waiting children through adoption aid grants, and 2) life-saving medical care for orphans with special needs. Established as Shaohannah’s Hope, Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth initially founded Show Hope out of their desire to see more children find their way into forever families. Though many families they talked to were willing to adopt, the financial costs to adoption were simply too high.

Since making that connection in October, I have been in contact with Charley Redmond, Director of Operations and Development for Show Hope. The opportunities to get involved are numerous – everything from monthly sponsorships, to short term trips for churches, medical trips for Doctors to perform needed procedures, to adopting a child.

The need is great. The families that want to adopt are numerous – the dollars to make that happen are not. With our help, we can save lives.

Do the right thing,

Jerry Spangler

Jerry Spangler is currently an Internet marketer that assists serious entrepreneurs in building profitable online businesses with multiple incomes streams. If you would like to learn more about Jerry visit http://www.MeetJerrySpangler.com. Please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFSV95pS2Js and watch a short video about how you can help families give homes to orphans in China.  You may also visit ShowHope.org for information.

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Waiting Child Adoption ? Bring Home Life

If people with experience are to be believed, is as good as expecting your own baby, and at times even better. Whenever you look into the eyes of the child, your heart is overwhelmed with a feeling of contentment gained by giving a new home to a waiting child. Being a proud parent of on adopted child has never been more convenient with a number of adoption agencies coming up every now and then. Out of the agencies available, the most favorable adoption agencies are China and Ethiopia adoption agencies. However, no matter whether it’s about adopting from Ethiopia or China, all agencies require adopting parents to meet certain eligibility criteria in order qualify for adopting a waiting child.

The main criterion of all adoption agencies is that the adopting parent should be legally married for at least two years. In case any of the parents have been divorced in the past, the minimum duration for marriage is five years. Both parents must be between 30 to 50 years of age. Getting into details, adopting parents between the age of 30 and 44 years can adopt child between 6 to 18 months of age. If parents are in the age group of 45-50, they can adopt a child 18 months to 3 years old. People over 50 years need to apply for a special approval for adopting a child which will be done at the discretion of the adoption agency.

The next most important criterion is that adopting parents should be financially sound. To be precise, the average income per head should be at least ,000; this implies that for a family of three (Parents and the adopted child) the family income should be at least ,000. Apart from demanding financial stability, the adopting parents should not have a history of critical ailment in the last 2 years at the time of filing the application form. Both adopting parents should not have any mobility issues that can come in the way of raising a child as required. Furthermore, none of the parents should have any criminal background. People with alcohol issues are also not allowed to adopt a child.

No matter whether or China; if you are planning to adopt a child, there are many international adoption agencies easily discoverable online offering adoption photolisting to help you find a child for your family. You can contact a suitable adoption agency for further info about waiting child adoption.

The author is an experienced content writer and publisher on the topics related to waiting child adoption and adopting from Ethiopia.

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Having A Grateful Attitude

It was a typical Christmas day in Jamaica back in those days. The loud intermittent bursts of firecrackers accompanied by the joyous shouts of “CHRIS’MUS” disturbed the otherwise serene evening. “Chris’mus is in the air!” “Well mek we grab it and tek it back to da groun’ so we all can enjoy it” came the sly remark as laughter once again filled the skies and tall glasses filled with ice and sorrel heavily laced with white rum clink together to celebrate the joyous season.

Dominoes were banging everywhere. “Yu double six dead bwai. Get up from roun’ da table. Next patient same treatment.” A new pair sits at the table in an attempt to dethrone the domino champions while the losers fix themselves another round of white rum and milk.

Teenage boys sip their beers slowly, willing it to last as long as the night. The last presents had long been opened and all the other formalities dispensed with. The material of the day was calico, and women were draping themselves in their newly made calico dress. The men, the epitome of GQ, were stylishly clad in their black suits with a white or red handkerchief protruding from their left breast pocket. The black felt hat tilted to one side of the head and the cane or black umbrella swinging from the right hand as they walked gaily down the street, their patent leather shoes reflecting the evening sun. They were headed to stage shows, dance halls, downtown to the Ward theatre to watch the pantomine, or to Cross Roads to tek in a picture show. Children still dressed in their Sunday best, lips and tongues reddened by the strawberry syrup from snow cones they bought at the fair earlier that day, were blowing fifis and horns; and the lucky ones showing off their newest toys or bragging about the nice shoes or pretty dress they got for Christmas. All were dancing and prancing around imitating the John Canoe dancers they had been watching.

My mother had just finished her dinner. It was her favorite dish – a large helping of rice and beans, fricassee chicken, fried plantain with lettuce and tomatoes and a tall glass of sour sop juice. She was getting ready for a stage show when she felt some feign cramps in her stomach. The baby wasn’t ready to come, she thought to herself. Plus, she was looking forward to the stage show and nothing was going to keep her away. She was about to find out, however, that this time around there was something different about these feign cramps that had been teasing her for a week. Before long the cramps became more forceful and frequent. An alarm was raised, neighbors summoned. Miss Hall, Miss Madlyn, Miss Vie, and Auntie Emily, all older more experienced women, rushed to her aid. A cab was hailed and shortly thereafter I was delivered at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital. The celebrations could no longer continue without me.

That was forty years ago this Christmas. Oftentimes when people would say, “Oh, you’re a Christmas Baby” I would joking reply “Yes, all my life I’ve been deprived. I only get one present every year.” That’s one way to look at my birth. I could also take the point of view that I was the best Christmas present my mother ever got or that life was the best Christmas present I ever got. The truth is that there are far worst things that could have happened to me than being born on Christmas day.

The lesson here for all of us is that throughout our lives many unwelcome, unfavorable things will happen to us. We will face challenges and circumstances that are very difficult. But we need to be truly thankful. Now I am not suggesting that we walk around grinning from ear to ear like a Cheshire Cat, happy that we have problems. That would make no sense at all. But no matter what problems we face, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of good things that are happening or have happened in our lives and it would be foolhardy to allow this one thing, as difficult as it may be, to suck the joy from the rest of our life.

 

Yes, I know that I am beginning to sound like a broken record, but it’s true. Since we tend to move in the direction of our dominant thoughts, lo and behold, they create more of the very things they want to get rid of. Stop focusing so much on the 10% of your life that isn’t working. Work on resolving the issues but never loose sight of the 90% that IS working.

Growing up in Jamaica I always heard the adage “The donkey says the world is level.” If I could translate it a second time in plain old English you’d have “life isn’t fair.” From my experience life has never been, nor will it ever be, fair. Somebody else will always have a nicer house, better clothes, have more fulfilled relationships, take better vacations…the list goes on. I didn’t think it was fair when from time to time I had to attend elementary school barefooted. It wasn’t fair that in high school I started my athletic career barefooted. But I am certainly thankful that I had an

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