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Tips for Waiting Families During the Holiday Season

Frequently, the staff at Adoption STAR hears from Prospective Adoptive Families how challenging the holidays can be for them. Our family advocates and client support team have put together some tips and suggestions for those of you who are waiting. Shannon Boeheim, MSW Adoptive Parent Social Worker ...
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An Interview: Parenting Children with Special Needs

In anticipation of Our Shining STAR Event, we are featuring a weekly blog series on Special Needs Adoption. On Wednesday January 29th, 2014, Adoption STAR will be hosting Our Annual Shining STAR Event to benefit special needs adoption. Adoption STAR has found many wonderful adoptive families for chi...
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Introduction to the Waiting Child Newsletter

Our International Adoption Coordinator Megan Montgomery introduces our all new Waiting Child Newsletter. In addition to our monthly agency wide eNews (to see this month’s edition, click here), Adoption STAR has launched a new newsletter which is focused exclusively on International Adoption an...
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Columbus Day

On this Columbus Day, we look back at our history in order to see what can be done better for children today. Christopher Columbus, you are the most successful real estate agent/ whoever lived, sold acres and acres of myth. Sherman Alexie, Vision (2) While many celebrate Christopher Columbus landing...
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Feeding Your Baby

In this two-part article, Adoption STAR will explore breastfeeding and formula feeding the adopted newborn. The first part of this article, we will address the topic of Breastfeeding Your Adopted Infant This month alone there has been two very different articles on the Internet with two very differe...
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A Simple Idea Makes A Big Impact

Adoption STAR Founder & CEO Michele Fried wrote this post in 2003 after the first Birth Parent Holiday Party held at the Niagara Falls Boulevard office. Today this holiday party is held in a large out-of-office venue because it has gotten so big. By Michele Fried It was a simple nice idea. The ...
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Goulash

Our International Adoption Coordinator Megan Montgomery discusses how the particulars of a culture can inspire those seeking to adopt internationally choose a country. This ethnically Hungarian dish is a childhood memory of mine. I have no clue why this particular meal has left such an imprint in my...
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What to Expect #4: Developmental vs. Chronological age

By Our International Adoption Coordinator Megan Montgomery It is common for children who have been adopted (in particular at an older age and through International Adoption) to display a developmental age different from their chronological age. A child’s chronological age is their age based on the...
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What to Expect #2: Orphanage Care

By Our International Adoption Coordinator Megan Montgomery It is virtually impossible to offer a nurturing environment that meets the needs of each individual child within an orphanage. No orphanage can provide the same quality care that a family could. With that said each orphanage will be differen...
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A Foster Family’s Story

Lynda is an Adoption STAR adoptive mom in the Western New York area. Currently she and her family are a foster family in the county they live in and are also pursuing an International Adoption. “Three years ago, we began the foster program in hopes of walking out with a child we could adopt. O...
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