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What are the first few days with an adoptive parent/child like?Wow! This will be very much vary with the circumstances of the adoption. For example, is it a domestic adoption or a foreign adoption? What is the age of the child? What are the ages of the parents? Do the parents have other children? If so, are they also adopted or their genetically-related children? Have the parents participated in any classes to educate those who are new to adoption or foster care?In our case my son was four years old when we adopted him from Colombia, which is where my parents and I were born. My wife had taken classes for those interested in adopting or fostering children at a local university, which was sponsored by the Dave Thomas Institute –yes, that Dave Thomas, of Wendy’s Restaurants fame and an adoptee himself. So, I think we were perhaps better informed than many.From the time we met him -at the federal family welfare organization, Bienestar Familiar, until we were able to take him with us while the adoption process made its way through the bureaucracy was just a few hours. We then spent about 7 days with him in Medellin, taking him to doctors appointments to get his required shots, buying him some new clothes, and sightseeing, and, well, generally just having lots of fun hanging out. We then had to fly to Bogotá over the US Embassy is located to complete the signNowwork to bring him to the US.Note: we did a parent-initiated adoption, which we highly recommend if you are organized and which, I believe, to this date is recommended by most nations. (We were personally not keen on orphanages or foreign adoption agencies. We still don’t get where all the money folks pay them actually goes. Parent initiated adoptions are pretty much handled by the two nations family welfare infrastructures. Also, hard as it may be to believe by some, we never even had to bribe… I mean, “give gifts”, to anyone, which appears to be the norm in many foreign adoptions.Once we had received his signNowwork - before we even opened it up- we knew whomever was in there was going to be our child. With Bienestar Familiar as our intermediary, we started sending pictures of his new home and family, crayons, construction signNow, etc. to him. Imagine our room in surprise when I’m picking him up we find they had put together a lovely scrapbook with pictures of his foster family, telling us all about Fabi and those he had grown up with the previous few years. Very cool!My parents flew down to Colombia with us so he had plenty of native Spanish speakers around him as well as my wife and daughter who had taken Spanish immersion classes to be ready for him.Our son was always pretty happy and outgoing from the time we met him. It very much helped, we are sure, that his big sister (6 at the time) adored him. Although he was only four years old, he was remarkably confident and self-sufficient. I believe this is partially cultural and also a consequence of the support and training they provide foster parents there. I understand it is different when you adopt from an adoption agency/home but I lack the experience and knowledge to articulate in what manner it is different.I will close with one of my favorite anecdotes of our first couple of days. I wanted to make sure he understood that while he may have been spanked in Colombia that was not our approach to raising our children. (We believed in the emotional torture of timeouts. ;-)He seemed to understand the concept and, well, just seemed to shrug it off. NOT in a rude, “whatever“ manner, mind you. Just sort of… not impressed by the idea that he wasn’t going to get spanked. (Looking back, our wise boy may very well have been thinking –ala Bart Simpson- “you have shown your hand you silly parental unit!” :-)All was good and he was pretty well-behaved until we had to give them a time out on day three. I walked him away from where he was misbehaving to the sitting area of our hotel room. I said to him , “siéntate”. (This is the informal form of “sit down”.)Well, what do you think our little “Bart” does? He looks up at me and corrects me. He says, “¡No, siéntese!”, which is the formal form of “sit down”.Yes, in the process of my attempting to discipline him he decides to give me a lesson in proper Spanish. LOLThe next day I learned from our attorney that in the region from which we were adopting him children are first taught the formal forms of address and learn informal ones later. This was the opposite of my upbringing. The city of Barranquilla, from where my parents and I emigrated, is very laid-back. In fact, people there generally use the informal forms of address.TL;DR It depends. But it is almost universally a great experience.
After adoption, how do I get my baby back? What costs does it entail?I'm not going to try to talk you out of this. I see by the Question Details that you went through a very difficult time, but have you also considered the emotional turmoil you will cause for the adoptive parents and the child, who will by now have bonded with them?If you're determined, there's a few things you need to know if you don't already. Assuming you're American, there are three ways an adoption may be reversed; by the adopting family, by the adoptee (if old enough), or by the birth parents. The last, which is your case, is generally the most difficult, and depending on the laws of the state you or the child live in, may be impossible.The above notwithstanding, you will need the advice of a lawyer who specializes in adoption reversals. What costs are involved? This is not something you can do by filling out a few forms and mailing them to your state government. The legal fees will be substantial, whether your petition is successful or not, especially if your petition for reversal is contested by the adoptive parents. Your lawyer will probably be able to give you a ballpark estimate of the costs, and your chances of success. The court that hears your petition can be expected to rule in favor of what that court decides is in the best interests of the child. The interests of the birth and adoptive parents will be a much lesser consideration, if considered at all. In general, you and your legal counsel will have the burden of establishing to the court's satisfaction that the child will be better off living with you than with the adoptive parents.Good luck to you all.
What things are more advanced in Europe than in the U.S. right now?This depends a lot on the country, and I don't know other European countries too well, so I will answer for mine.In no particular order, off the top of my head:Faster, more reliable, and cheaper broadband.Better, cheaper mobile data, and mobile use in general.Technical infrastructure is mostly subterranean. You never see a jumbled mess of wires hanging from poles or building walls.Less bureaucracy. The US is riddled with signNow forms that are manually processed. "Doing your taxes" in the US seems like a nightmare. Here, we either do nothing at all, trusting that the automatically filled out numbers are correct, or we log on to a website to make changes where necessary. Usually though, there aren't many posts that need to be edited or are even relevant to most people.Less manual labor for easily automated jobs. In the US, for instance in airports, there are people whose only job is to point people in the right direction, a job that elsewhere in the world is done by a sign. And what's the deal with toll booth operators? Why isn't tolling a fully automated process?Less pointless jobs in general. What do you need a parking lot attendant for in a tiny parking lot? Greeters in stores? Just to name a couple of common ones.Universal healthcare. We spend much, much less, and everyone gets the treatment they need. Those who can afford it may still pay to get ahead, but even then we're not talking the astronomical total sum that the US spends per capita.Practically free higher education.Better public transport, even in sparsely populated areas. Most of the US is practically inaccessible if you don't drive a car. Some areas are covered by Greyhound buses or smaller, local bus operators, the occasional passenger rail lines, shuttle services etc, but movement is still very limited compared to most of Europe. Even many of the big cities there are difficult to get around in.Almost no one pays in cash, except old people and criminals. Whenever I'm in the US, I typically spend all small change on tips as soon as I can. They're annoying to carry around, and they have really low value.No one writes checks. It’s either debit/credit cards, cash, or various types of digital payments.My debit card is also valid legal ID.More focus on universal design, whether it's building codes, products, websites etc.The US lacks things like unified building codes on a federal level. Just as an example, one result of this is that many states/counties/cities do not require water proofing of bathrooms, which is completely ridiculous. I like the idea of states having some autonomy, but for commonsensical things like this, it makes no sense.Despite efforts by the right, we still have decent worker's rights. We definitely do not have so-called "right-to-work" laws, which can be found in many US states, which is, of course, the exact opposite of what it sounds like, a right for an employer to fire anyone at will, whenever they feel like it, no reasons given.Workplaces are generally not highly hierarchical. There's definitely some signNow pay gaps (though not nearly like in the US), but it is not reflected in how people deal with each other in the workplace. There's generally a sense of mutual respect, and you talk to your CEO more or less like any other colleague. The exception may be some of the really big companies.While it varies between lines of work, most of us are defined by the value we provide, not how many hours we put in. Overtime is generally not encouraged, and there is an understanding that we all have private lives, families etc. Sometimes you need to leave early, or will be late, and that's totally okay.Practically all electrical power generated and used in this country is renewable. We do "import" a lot of fossil-based electricity, due to the very odd way the European power market is set up. They are, however, rapidly closing coal plants on the continent. The US, despite amazing efforts in many states, still lags far behind.While our democracy isn't rock solid either, it's not quite as easily manipulated as in the US, with its gerrymandering, filibustering, the legalized corruption that is lobbying, ultra-expensive donation-driven political campaigns, political campaign ads on TV, political campaigns masquerading as news etc.Less over-use of pointless prescription medication. We do not have an opioid epidemic. Enough said.Lower use of antibiotics. In the US you can buy certain types of antibiotics without a prescription, which is absolutely insane.Poor people are not completely destitute, and no one is homeless (unless they actively refuse all options they are provided with). Rich people, on the other hand, do not live in gated communities, trying to shield themselves from the rest of society.The whole legal system is geared towards rehabilitation of criminals, not punishment or revenge. As a result, we have lower crime rates and much, much lower recidivism rates. This was not true before the prisons were completely re-worked some decades ago, so we know there's a direct correlation.Convicted criminals have the right to vote. How can you expect someone to be rehabilitated if all their basic rights as citizens are taken away from them, even for minor offenses? Also, on the same tangent, we do not have laws that require sex offenders to go door-to-door and identify themselves to new neighbors, or dictate where they can and can’t live. You take your punishment, and you’re allowed to rejoin society, and not live with additional punishment for the rest of your life.Less urban sprawl. Cities are more condensed, and again, even where they aren't, there's decent public transport. Downtown areas are typically fairly vibrant areas with stores, restaurants, cafés, and stuff to do in general, not the almost completely deserted, office building dominated downtown areas found in many US cities.
How can I obtain Japanese citizenship?Great answers by Dick Karp and David LaSpina.I can only add my two cents of knowledge to their insights.The first thing: citizenship and naturalization are two different matters.You can only get citizenship if you were born from Japanese parents, AND being registered within 3 months with your local Japanese consulate.AND when you signNow 20 years old, it's mandatory you choose whether lose your local citizenship or your Japanese citizenship.Should you not make a move, you lose your Japanese one by default.On the other hand, you might be naturalised Japanese (i.e.: become a non-born Japanese with a permanent visa) if all these criteria are met:- you're living for at least 5 years in Japan- you're at least 20 years old- you can read, write and speak Japanese fluently- you are willing to go through writing exams and interview processes- you have professional skills and $ to support yourselfEvery case is examined and weighed individually. Say, if one of your parents is Japanese (Japanese-born), the Ministry of Justice may wave the age and residence requirements. But again: it is a case-by-case process.Sources:Japanese nationality lawI want to become a Japanese nationalMany angles to acquiring Japanese citizenship | The Japan TimesAlso, I went myself to my local Japan consulate and talked with them.
How could adoption be made as affordable and convenient as abortion or more so?For Every Woman Who Dies In Childbirth In The U.S., 70 More Come CloseNearly Dying In Childbirth: Why Preventable Complications Are Growing In U.S.Read these. Read them twice, then understand something.The reporting statistics used by hospitals, government agencies and death reporting agencies do not take into full account deaths that occur more than 2 weeks after birth as birth related. Those deaths are often reported as something else. US hospitals and insurance treat mothers as a commodity to be milked for cash as fast as possible. Mostly they treat birth as a drive by occurrence. Time in hospital, time to recover is doled out by the expen$ive minute, birthing information is often delivered in a one size fits all hurry up and get the hell out of here someone else needs my time manner.Oh and God help you if you happen to be poor, young, familyless, unmarried, inexperienced or just have an absentee or oblivious husband. My neighbors daughter was not familyless or unmarried, but she came within a inch of dying of a postpartum infection. (Childbed fever, in this day and age) Because the hospital rushed her out, there was no home health nurse to check up on her, her insurance barely covered the birth. Totally treatable. Ignored until she was on the verge of death. Her mother was on the phone with her and happened to catch from her tone that something was off. Called her husband who was working, (no family leave in the US for most all jobs) he blythely told his mom in law, “Oh the doctor said she was fine just still a bit worn out.” Judy made a long trip to her daughters house at breakneck speed and barely got the girl to the ER in time. What if she had not had a mother handy?The stigmas from the 20th century linger strong and loud in the 21st century. After birth postpartum depression is often barely noted, ignored, mocked, stigmatized, even criminalized. “Here have a pill you weakling” These are only a small % of the reasons women avoid pregnancy. Sure you’ll have a 100 women who’ll chirp “Oooh sweety I had a wonderful pregnancy, none of that happened to me and your just exaggerating” And all the while the bodies keep piling up, voiceless, female, bodies. Figure out how to fix those problems. Then, maybe, you’ll see more women ready to risk their lives.
Why does the U.S. immigration system care whether a marriage is a “sincere” or “real” relationship?As an immigrant myself, who came to this country through family ties (not marriage), me answering this question might sound self-serving. The fact that I had to mention "not through marriage" shows my own insecurity facing possible scrutiny or people dismissing my answer. But I feel that (as I usually do when I came to questions like this) I'm obligated to say something. So here it is, take it as whatever you want. Being a first generation immigrant who just so happen also knows a lot of other first generation immigrants, I heard a lot of horror stories about marriage green card from both sides. There're people who genuinely in love, but scrutinized by the immigration. I heard a girl's heart breaking tale of her boyfriend of 4 years refuse to marry her until she get green card through her work, because "I don't want marry you so you can get a visa, I want our marriage to be pure". I also heard horror tales of people get cheated by their husbands and wives who requested a divorce right after the 3 year conditional green card period has been met. And I heard horror tales of women being controlled, abused by their citizen husband using deportation as a threat to keep them in loveless and abusive relationships. There're no ends to these stories, just like usual relationships. You rare heard good ones, it's the bad ones that made into the after dinner gossip. And I often wonder, is these process really work? Does it really filter out the "fake" marriage? Or it simply creating unnecessary pressure for people who are already struggle with their lives. I often wondered, why immigration marriages are held to a higher standard than regular marriages. Just like why adoption parents are heavily scrutinized while irresponsible people are free (or even encouraged) to have children. It seems unfair. And then I realized, in both situation, the end result (citizenship through marriage or child adoption) is considered a reward, to which people must strive to achieve. For families cannot have children of their own, having children are a privilege granted to them, and they need to prove themselves to be worthy of such award. And the same thing goes to a foreigner who wants to get into the US. The citizenship of United States of America is an award, a privilege, a prize, to which a foreigner must prove him/herself to be worthy to get that award. In case of special achievement (which how my family got into US) my dad had to prove his ability can contribute to US society in such a way that no one else can. And in the case of citizenship through marriage, you need to prove your love towards the citizen is real and sincere. It's not the marriage that's under gone scrutiny, it is the foreigner who wants to get citizenship through marriage. After all, citizenship is something only the natural born Americans deserve to have, everyone else who wants to get into this great nation needs to go through loops and hoops. This isn't unique of US, of course. Almost ALL countries in the world considered their citizenship as a privilege to other people, and foreigners need to meet extra conditions to be "deserving" of such privilege. There's nothing wrong about it, really. A country when absorbing people from other places naturally only want to best and/or people of special skills that could benefit the country. And we also need to realize all immigration law's primary goal is to protect its own citizen. This protection can be heavy scrutiny of foreigners entering the country for long term stay or visit, just to make sure they presents no security risk towards citizens. Naturally the government would ask if the visitor or immigrate has criminal history or terrorist ties. This protection can be rules set up for companies that only allow them to hire immigrants when they can't find citizens to fill the position. This protection can be scrutinize their marriage to make sure their own citizen don't get cheated on. And that's why the immigration officer act as if all people married into US are scheming gold diggers. The purpose of marriage immigration law is very different from the purpose of civil marriage law. A civil marriage law protects both parties, while the immigration law protects its citizens but not their soon-to-be (or already are) signNow others, who are not a citizen yet. Even after the immigrant gets into the country through marriage, until he/she became a full citizen, the law still protects the citizen not the immigrants. After all, if the citizen want a divorce, it's the immigrant will get deported back to whatever hellhole her dear white husband drag her sorry ass out of. (I used this language and gender pronouns on purpose*). So the original idea of allowing marriage immigration is so that if a citizen met someone outside their country and started a relationship, he/she has the power to continue this relationship after he/she decided to return to his/her home country. Sure, a civil marriage is a basic human rights for citizen. Regardless of what reason, two people can get married (with a few exceptions). However, while the marriage involving a foreigner is a right for the citizen, the said foreigner getting citizenship or green card through this marriage is NOT a human right. like I said at the beginning of this answer, it is a privilege. In case a citizen marrying a foreigner and the foreigner end up maintaining his/her original citizenship, and probably only visit his/her signNow other, the couple won't have any problems, there's no forms to fill out, no conditional green card to maintain. It's ONLY when the foreigner want immigrate and get the privilege of becoming a citizen through marriage, the said marriage would go through scrutiny. Now imagine American government is like an overbearing overprotective mother, while her precious son can marry any girls from her own community, if he brought back some weird girl from a faraway land with unknown intention, surely she'd have her son's interests in mind and check out the girl thoroughly. US immigration is that overbearing and overprotective mother who set up ridiculous, old fashioned and often useless rules to measure the unknown son/daughter-in-law who would enter her home, become part of her family, while totally OK with cousin Jack marry cousin Joan after both of them got drunk in Vegas. After all, cousin Jack and Joan might not be the smartest tool in the shed, they're family.And that's why US immigration system care about whether a marriage is sincere or not.*The reason I got heavy handed with language because it is what I heard the most when it comes to marriage involving immigrants, especially marriage that brought an immigrant into the country. As an Asian women, I had too many horror tales of mail order wives or international dating sites where a woman was brought over and be mistreated, while got no sympathy from anyone. People believe since she came over under false pretenses, she deserve to be abused. While many American marriages are formed under false pretenses, carelessness and stupidity, people seem more sympathetic if there's domestic abuse. It really is very sad.
How long does the adoption of a newborn baby process take?In the case of my son’s adoption, I started reading through dear birthmother letters at 15 weeks gestation. I selected his adoptive family at 18 weeks gestation. At around 20 weeks gestation I was filling out family medical history and adoption forms in preparation for the adoption. A week before he was born, his adoptive parents arrived to stay for the birth. At his birth, his adoptive parents were in the delivery room, and his adoptive mother cut the cord. The final signNowwork was signed two days after he was born, with my son resting in my lap while I filled out and signed the forms. When we were released from the hospital, his adoptive parents took him to the hotel room they were staying at (it was an out of state adoption). The next morning they called and asked if we wanted to see him again before they left. They then stayed with us for the next week while we waited for this portion of the adoption to be finalized so that they could take him out of state to go home. The birth father, who didn’t sign the adoption signNows at the birth, was given 30 days to contest the adoption (which he didn’t do). At six months after the birth the entire process was completed and finalized.
Why do 16 year olds have to get a parent to fill out a form in order to donate blood?Why do 16 year olds have to get a parent to fill out a form in order to donate blood?Because a 16 year old is still a minor and blood donation isn't one of the exempt categories of medical care (such as prenatal care, STI testing, contraceptive services, etc.) that they are legally permitted access to without the consent of a guardian. At least this is the case in the United States, and the specific laws vary from state to state. More information on these exemptions can be found at Page on guttmacher.org
What do you think of the substitution of the mentions "father" and "mother" in the French school forms by the mentions "parent 1" and "parent 2", measure adopted on February 12, 2019 by the French National Assembly?I’m not a big fan of commenting upon the laws of another country, but I was asked my opinion by Patrick Crosset, who, as far as I can tell, is French.As far as I can tell, this comes down to one of the biggest questions of our times: do we, as a society, accept homosexual people, transgender people, etc. as who they claim they are? If I discovered that I was actually a woman, wouldn’t my daughter now have two mothers? If I’d married a man and retained parental rights over my daughter, wouldn’t she have two fathers?I don’t see a reason not to change the form. It doesn’t confer upon them more rights than I have. It doesn’t harm me. It doesn’t make any actual difference.“The amendment aims to anchor into law the family diversity of children in the administrative forms submitted in school,” LREM lawmaker Valérie Petit said, according to the French outlet 20 Minutes.Works for me. If I had two parents who were both male or female for whatever reason, I would feel a lot more included than if I had to deal with the question of how to fill out some stupid government form.I’ve seen two arguments against this “substitution” thus far:It is an attack upon the value of parents as being either “father” or “mother.”It is an attack upon gender.As to the first, I don’t get it. Why does it make a difference if you get listed as “mother/father” or “parent?” Do you really have to be recognized as one of those two ideas? If you’re “demoted” to “parent,” are you somehow less? Are you being slighted? Will your kid switch to calling you, “Parent 1?” That seems a pretty weak argument.As to the second, it’s 2019. I don’t think there really needs to be a war in the name of “gender identity.” People can be whoever they want to be. Your life is a book, and you write it however you may wish. It isn’t up to others to dictate it. We all pay taxes. We’re all equal. Let it go at that. The new government form more adequately represents the people filling it out? That seems like a good idea.In addition,The amendment, which passed into law alongside a new school bill Tuesday, has been seen by France’s majority La République en Marche Party (LREM) as a necessary step to bring France’s schools into line with the European nation’s 2013 same-sex marriage law.So it isn’t even like this came from nowhere. Instead, it comes down to the same question as same-sex marriage. When do we decide that people get to make decisions for themselves and that two men or two women getting married doesn’t make my heterosexual marriage with my wife any less valid?[All quotes from Newsweek]
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Do you need a home study for an independent adoption?Unlike agency adoptions, where a home study is required both before and after the placement of the child, some states only require a home study after the child's placement into the adoptive parents' home in an independent adoption. ... The answer likely lies in who is officially placing the child for adoption.
Can I adopt my friend's baby for free?Can you give your baby up for adoption to someone you know?\u201d The answer is yes. Whether they plan on \u201cgiving a baby up\u201d for adoption to a friend, family member, or someone they've met through their own networking efforts, these arrangements are known as independent, or identified, adoptions.
Can a child be adopted without the consent of both parents?Generally, adoption requires the consent of both parents, provided they meet certain requirements. To gain parental rights, including the right to object to adoption, biological fathers unmarried to the mother must not only establish paternity, but also demonstrate a commitment to parenting the child.
How much does it cost for an independent adoption?Independent Adoption: Costs In addition, your costs could include the costs for the mother's parental and medical care as well as the costs for the legal documents that need to be drawn up. When taken together, these costs can realistically add up to over $10,000 for a direct adoption.
Can your step parent adopt you after 18?An adult adoption may occur once the potential adoptee signNowes the age of 18 or older. At that time, the only consent required is that of the adult wishing to be adopted and, of course, the person willing to adopt.