When Joy Villa was given the opportunity to choose life, she did. And she chose to place her child for adoption. Villa explained that she has a message:
Consider adoption. Consider life. Consider carrying your baby to term, and placing your unborn child with a caring, nurturing, happy family.
You will survive this. You will make it through. And you absolutely, 100 percent, deserve all
the happiness and love in the world. You’re so much stronger than you know.
You deserve a second chance at life… and your baby deserves a first chance.
Life is precious. And so are you.
For the full story on Joy Villa, click here.
Photo via Fox News.
Has anyone ever asked you to write an letter of reference for an adoption home study? If so, you are probably wondering, “How do I do that?” and “What is an adoption home study?”
Let’s cut right to the chase. If you want a template for writing an adoption home study, here it is:
February 5, 2018
To whom it may concern,
I have known Joe and Sally Smith for 10 years. I have been involved with Joe and Sally as members of the neighborhood watch committee and in Sunday school classes.
I have observed that Joe and Sally are very kind and patient people. Although they do not have any children of their own, they have always interacted in a kind and friendly way with the children at our church. Joe and Sally are always pleasant to each other and the people around them.
I do not know of anything in their character or history that should prevent them from being successful adoptive parents. I give my unreserved recommendation that they be allowed to adopt a child/ children.
Now, if you are still interested, an adoption home study is a process that everyone has to go through if they are seeking to adopt an unrelated child. The home study will be written by an licensed social worker. The social worker is tasked with investigating key elements of a prospective adoptive parent’s life and reporting those findings to the court or other government entity.
The letters of reference from members of the community is just one way for the court to evaluate whether prospective adoptive parents are suitable to take in a child for adoption.
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Photo by Andrew Eason.
Congratulations to our newest adoptive family. Sometimes blessings fall from the sky!
Here at the Adoption Law Firm, we hear a lot of concern about introducing an adopted child to their new siblings. Here are the practices we have found most helpful:
- 1. Involve them in the process as early as possible.
While it may not be a great idea to inform your child too early in the process, for fear of adoption not working out, involving your child early on can help them have to time to prepare to be a big brother or sister. Have them talk about the new child regularly to warm them up to the idea.
2. Have your children pray for their new sibling.
This one may seem obvious, but the power of prayer can never be understated. During prayer time, let your child say their own prayer for their new sibling. Praying for their future brother or sister will build their excitement to welcome them into the family. It will also help to show important this new child is to the family.
3. Involve your children in home preparation for the new child.
Let your others kids help set up a nursery or bedroom. Let them help pick out toys or books and give their input into what they think their new little brother or sister would like to play with. Involving your kids in little things throughout the process will help them get used to the idea that another little person is coming to join the family.
4. Read a bible story, book or watch a movie about adoption.
Teach your child about the story of Moses, Esther, or even our adoption into God’s family and relate that to how you are adopting a child into your family. There are also many secular books that have been written specifically to help introduce a new child to your family.
What has worked for your family when introducing a new sibling through adoption?
Article by Haley Horn.
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Thanks to our awesome Jefferson County Probate Judge, Sherri Friday, for helping this great family see their adoption dreams come true.
In case you’re wondering … she’s the one in the middle, playing with the baby like a sweet grandma … but not that old.
A long adoption journey recently came to an end for this lovely family. From another lens, their journey is just beginning!
The Adoption Law Firm is Back in Full Swing!
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After a hiatus of full-time work with one of the country’s top orphan-care groups, Sam McLure has resumed is focus on advocating for abused and vulnerable children with The Adoption Law Firm.
Congratulations to these new adoptive families!
The McLure’s recently moved to the Birmingham-metro area. They love their neighborhood, church family, and the Birmingham community.