One way to add to your family after loss is through adoption. We know that just like any decision regarding parenthood, this is a very personal decision that only you and your partner can make. We hope the following resources help you as you begin or consider this journey.
Types of Adoption
Foster Care Adoption – Adoption of a child(ren) from the foster care system.
International Adoption – Adoption of a child(ren) from outside your current country.
Infant Adoption – Adoption of a newborn from biological parents.
Embryo Adoption – Adoption of an unborn baby (embryo) that you physically carry and birth.
Sibling Group Adoption – Adoption of a group of children born to the same biological mother.
Closed vs. Open vs. Semi-Open Adoptions
Closed Adoption – There is no identifiable information shared about the birth family and adoptive family. There is no communication between the birth family and adoptive family.
Open Adoption – Identifiable information is shared about the birth family and adoptive family. Letters, pictures, video, etc. may be exchanged. There is face-to-face contact throughout the child’s life.
Semi-Open Adoption – Birth family and adoptive family may or may not know each other’s first names or full names. Correspondence is sent through a third party.
Foster Care Adoption
- Bethany Christian Services
- Intercountry Adoption – Bureau of Consular Affairs
- CDC International Adoption: Health Guidance and the Immigration Process
- National Embryo Donation Center
- Embryo Adoption Awareness Center
- National Fertility Support Center – Snow Baby Video
General Adoption Resources
- Adoptive Families – The Resource and Community for Adoption Parenting
- North American Council on Adoptable Children
- Babble Parenting – Adoption
United States Tax Information
- Federal Tax Guide for Foster Parents (Foster and Adoptive Parents Tax Information)
- IRS (Adoption Tax Credit Information)
- IRS – Form 8839, Qualified Adoption Expenses
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