Adoption Blog by Friends in Adoption

Anticipating Mother’s Day – May 11, 2014

delivering-a-letterAs Mother’s Day approaches we ask that you consider a gift to Friends in Adoption (FIA) to support our work with our children’s birth mothers and those considering adoption for their child, many of whom are working hard to overcome life challenges.

If you would like to forward a card (maybe one created by your child) to FIA to forward to your child’s birth mother, we would be happy to do so, to arrive before Mother’s Day on May 11th.

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The Latest on Advocating for the Adoption Tax Credit (ATC)

Did you know?  Members of Congress working on tax reform have said that for any element of the current tax code to remain, it should do one or all of the following:  1) grow the economy, 2) make the tax code fairer, and, 3) effectively promote an important policy objective. And guess what? A refundable...
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FREE Support Group for Birth Mothers – May 5, 2014

If you are pregnant and considering adoption or if you have placed a child for adoption, you can attend this free and confidential support group meeting in Rhode Island.

Date: Monday May 5th, 2014
Time: 7-8:30pm
Location: The Neighborhood Guild, 325 Columbia Street, Wakefield, Rhode Island

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Language in Adoption: What’s in a name?

Language in Adoption: What’s in a name?

by Dawn Smith Pliner, Founding Director, Friends in Adoption

Birthmom? First mom? Natural mom?

Does that make me an Adoptive mom? A Second mom? Or an Unnatural mom? Language is powerful -- it can be helpful and it can be hurtful. Many years ago I called a pregnant woman who was considering adoption...
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A New Friend

Nan and I recently had the honor of meeting Meg, the Founder and Executive Director of Plants for Patients. I knew our organizations were soul mates when I read from their website this paragraph: “Plants for Patients is an idea; it’s a framework for doing good work in our communities. The program identifies as neither pro-choice nor anti-abortion, but exists in the space between, a space we call pro-compassion. This framework allows us to warmly welcome people of differing views, beliefs and opinions to support women in need.”

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Can I still Adopt if I have an Illness?

Friends in Adoption (FIA) founding director Dawn Smith Pliner recently wrote this post for the American Fertility Association (AFA) Blog on the topic of whether or not illness will stop prospective adoptive parents from adopting, in light of recent events on the popular television program, The Little Couple.

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FREE Birth Mothers Support Group, RI – Apr 7, 2014

This monthly support group is for women who have placed a child for adoption or for pregnant women considering adoption. These meetings are free and confidential.

Date: Monday April 7th, 2014
Time: 7-8:30pm
Location: The Neighborhood Guild, 325 Columbia Street, Wakefield, Rhode Island

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Your Adoption Tax Credit Advocacy is WORKING!!

Please keep it up and if you haven’t helped out yet, please do!

The time to make a few calls is now. It won’t take much time but those calls have a great effect. Members of Congress act on issues when they believe those issues matter to their constituents. Now that the adoption tax credit is...
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