The best day of my entire life was the day a six pound, five week old baby from Augusta, Georgia joined my family. On that day 16 years ago, my family was completed.
Since then, that little baby has been my best friend and my sister. My family is just as much, if not more, a family as those who are biologically related.
We made vows to always love one another and my parents promised to raise both of us the best they can.
However, people consistently ask if she’s my real sister, where are her real parents, and if she wants to be with her real family.
This is what I have to say to them:
Yes, she is my real sister. We fight religiously. She steals my clothes and locks me out of the bathroom. We have dance parties and watch TV. We get frozen yogurt and I drive her places. Continue reading →
This guest post is by Dewey L. Crepeau, an adoption attorney and author.
If you’re thinking about adopting a newborn or an infant, you probably know that the birth mother will have to consent to the adoption in order for it to be legal and final.
In the adoption world, dealing with the birth mother’s rights is typically when the legal process starts. But what about the birth father?
It’s important to remember that just as the birth mother has rights, the birth father also has rights that must be considered.
Most licensed adoption agencies take the position that he should be involved in the adoption process, if at all possible. There is generally a legal obligation to attempt to contact the birth fathers about an adoption.