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  Accepting a foster care placement can be rather nerve racking, especially if it's your first foster care placement.  Not only can this be a nerve racking experience for the foster parent, but it's exponentially stressful for the foster child.  It’s important to remember that this c...
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Do you ever take a second to think about something before you say it?  Often times we don’t think about things before they come rolling off our tongue.  It seems to be human nature, to allow emotion get the better of us, and lash out with impulsive words.  These things we end up sayin...
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There is a lot of uncertainty that goes into a home study. Even the words, “Home Study,” leave prospective parents with a hodgepodge of misconceptions and fears. There’s little to worry about. We won’t disqualify you for not having a golden toilet or 2000 thread Chinese silk blankets. We want to emp...
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May is National Foster Care Month; let’s all take a minute to appreciate all of the foster parents and individuals who contribute to helping out with the safety and welfare of children who are currently in out foster care system!  It’s always very important to honor, unite, and celebrate famili...
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Go to the movies, turn on the television, and more likely than not the adoption story will go something like this: a sudden desire to expand your family, a quick phone call, a little waiting, a match with an infant, and you’re home in no time flat. The legalities get blurred over, as do the many emo...
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"There are times when the adoption process is exhausting and painful and makes you want to scream. But I am told so does childbirth." –Scott Simon International Adoption, it can be a loaded term connected with negative connotation stemming from myths. Myths are built on fear and lack of knowledge. ...
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What is International Adoption?"Adoption has the dimension of connection — not only to your own tribe, but beyond, widening the scope of what constitutes love, ties and family. It is a larger embrace. By adopting, we stretch past our immediate circles and, by reaching out, find an unexpected sense o...
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Consider adopting from Mexico!  Mexico recently updated its’ laws to become Hague compliant and adoptions are being facilitated in many Mexican states.  HATW is one of only 12 agencies in the US approved to facilitate adoptions from Mexico! Our staff have traveled to Mexico and met with b...
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Domestic Infant Adoptions: The programs at Hands Across the Water (HATW) are growing tremendously; however, the Domestic Infant Adoption program is really growing by leaps and bounds this year. Although we are a small agency, we have had over 20 potential adoptive families inquire about Domestic In...
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What's new at HATW? Embryo adoption!!!If you would like to experience pregnancy and can carry a baby to term (with your doctor's permission, of course!); then embryo adoption might be the choice for you and your family. HATW has partnered with a well-respected embryo agency program to give families...
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There are so many things to consider when choosing a country to adopt from! Much of your decision is based on your personal & emotional connections with a specific country. Other things to consider are: what children are actually available for adoption in that country? What are the tra...
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