I hate to beat up on a tired and worn horse, but I want to reiterate what I hear clients telling me all of the time – it should be their own personal decision on whether to pursue adoption in the first place or as a last resort. My clients are tired of being judged and criticized when “there are so many children out there to be adopted.” Whether that is true or not, we cannot decide what is the best family building choice for anyone else. And, we should not be judgmental. Just be supportive.
There are so many things to look at when making these decisions, such as cost (all of the options are actually about the same), timelines (how long do you have to wait), home study requirements, court procedures, age limitations, marital status requirements, and can the surrogate/birth mother change her mind in a surrogacy or adoption? Each person has their own level of risk that they are willing to take. What are your thoughts on this? I would love to hear.
Listen to Creating a Family: Talk About Infertility and Adoption
Now, onto legal updates:
New England – Rhode Island seems to be the only hold out in the area of gay marriage. We now have Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and likely New Hampshire. Fox News has their spin on RI’s hold out. What are your thoughts on this? http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/05/08/gay-marriage-momentum-new-england-stalls-rhode-island/
US – HR 697 Support the Family Building Act of 2009? – any thoughts on this particular piece of legislation?
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