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Positive adoptive language

The words we use say a lot about how we really think and feel. Words can either hurt or heal. The conscious and consistent use of positive adoption language conveys our values and affirms birth parents, adopted children and adoptive parents in the conviction that adoption is a valid way to build a family. Therefore, it is important to use…

Adoption Leave

Eligible adoptive mothers, including those who are self-employed, are entitled to 12 weeks of paid adoption leave to bond with and care for their adopted infants. Eligibility As the mother of an adopted child, you are entitled to adoption leave if you meet the following criteria: Your adopted child is below the age of 12 months at the point of…

Let us adopt any baby who needs a home

While most parents do not get to choose their children, the Lims could have done so before adopting each of their four children. But they chose not to choose. They told the agent: Let us adopt any baby who needs a home. “We couldn’t bear the thought of any child being abandoned a second time just because we chose someone…

Adoptive mums: Why we decided to adopt a baby

When you announce you’re pregnant, people usually react with excitement and want to know the details: When? Do you know the gender? What’s the name? But when you tell them you’re going to adopt, the reaction can be quite different. While the majority are thrilled – sometimes to the point of instant tears – there are some who react differently… with…