Adoption Information

Body Changes to Expect During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a life-changing process that affects so much more than your reproductive organs. Your whole body will be affected by pregnancy, with symptoms ranging from beneficial to deeply unpleasant. As a pregnant woman, you may experience morning sickness, changes in blood flow and blood pressure, mood swings, fluctuating hormone levels, breast tenderness, frequent urination…the …

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What Is the Voluntary Central Adoption Registry in Texas?

Officially called the Texas Vital Statistics Unit (VSU) Voluntary Central Adoption Registry (CAR), it is a publicly mandated voluntary mutual-consent registry system. What exactly does this mean? It means that birth parents, adults who were adopted as a child and the biological siblings of adult adoptees can potentially locate and contact birth family members if …

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What to Expect in an Open or Semi-Open Adoption

So, you are considering open adoption. Whether you are pregnant and interested in finding a loving home for your baby or are hoping to grow your family through adoption, semi-open adoption and open adoption offer a number of unique benefits for all parties involved. What Is Open Adoption? An open adoption agreement generally refers to …

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How Do I Tell My Parents I’m Pregnant?

For some of us, a positive pregnancy test marks one of the most joyous and exciting moments of our lives. If it isn’t planned parenthood, however, the discovery of pregnancy after the first few weeks can be anxiety-inducing and downright scary. Among the many things going through your mind following a pregnancy test and a …

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Government Programs Available for Birth Parents in Texas

Whether you are just starting your pregnancy or post-placement, there are federal and state-level programs that can provide much-needed financial support for birth parents. Some of these resources will be available solely for birth parents and others are general programs that any citizen can receive. Many, but not all, programs depend on financial circumstances and …

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Can I Get Kicked out of High School for Being Pregnant?

Being pregnant at a young age can be an emotional and often stressful experience. One of the most important things to remember while navigating your pregnancy is that you have rights, including the right to an education, even once you have the baby. Ultimately, both the public and private education system exists to provide students—including …

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Should I Put My Child Up For Adoption If My Fiancé Is Not The Father?

This is a question that pops up – not infrequently – and it has an ethical and moral dimension to it as well as a legal one. Although adoption laws can vary from state to state, there are still strict laws in Texas surrounding the issue of paternity, which apply in many different scenarios. What …

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