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Tips for Bonding With Your Adopted Baby

In the past, many people believed that newborn babies were “blank slates” that didn’t have any personalities or preferences. Today, we know better. Babies form clear preferences for people and environments - and that means bonding is vital. For birth parents, the...

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Important Questions to Ask Your Adoption Agency

When you’re starting the adoption process, one of the biggest decisions you’ll make is which agency to work with. No two adoption agencies are the same, so it’s important for you to choose an agency you are comfortable with. One way to ensure an agency’s views and...

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Tips for Starting an Adoption Search and Reunion

Adult adoptees often find themselves considering searching for their biological parents and relatives. While feelings about adoption can vary from curiosity to sadness to anger, adult adoptees often say that searching for or finding their biological relations can...

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Tips for Handling Your Adoption Wait During the Holidays

Adoption waiting periods are never easy, but we understand that many waiting families face particular challenges during the holiday season. Being around relatives you don’t see often and facing their questions and curiosity can be hard - as can be seeing your friends...

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Domestic versus International Adoption

Every adoption journey starts differently, but they often have many decisions and considerations in common. One of the first decisions many couples need to make is whether they wish to pursue a domestic or an international adoption. Unfortunately, there are many...

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When is it Time to Consider Adoption Counseling?

Every parent knows children go through hard times as they grow up. Knowing when your child’s difficulties are due to the challenges of growing older and when they are due to the challenges of adoption can be tricky. Adoption counseling can be a great asset for adopted...

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The Facts About Adoption vs Abortion

Unexpected pregnancies are never easy. However, if you’re in a situation where you know you won’t be able to raise your child, you’re left with an even harder choice - to make an adoption plan or undergo an abortion procedure. This is an extremely difficult choice -...

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How to Make Adoption in Oklahoma More Affordable

One of the most common questions we hear from couples thinking about adopting is, “Why is the process so expensive?” It’s true that there are many costs and expenses involved with adopting. However, those costs shouldn’t stand between you and your dream family. There...

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HOPE Groups for Adoptive Parents

Adoption is a journey with several paths, and many adoptive parents use therapy to help them navigate the multiple twists and turns. At Deaconess Pregnancy & Adoption (DPA), we are committed to providing adoption/foster-competent therapy to individuals, couples,...

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Over a Century of Help in Oklahoma

Sunday, January 15, marked the 33rd Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. On the third Sunday of January each year, our nation celebrates the sacred nature of life and renews the commitment to protect and promote the lives of those most vulnerable. However, we’ve been...

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The Benefits of Post-Adoption Support for Birth Parents

Placing a child for adoption is never an easy decision. However, it’s much more difficult when you choose to do it alone. Many women, when placing their child for adoption, work through lawyers or facilitators instead of adoption agencies. While you can have a good...

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Considerations for Adopting a Child Later in Life

It’s no secret that parents, on average, are older today than they used to be. Many people are waiting until later in life to get married and start a family. However, biological parents aren’t the only ones getting older. It’s also becoming increasingly common for...

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How to Unseal Closed Adoption Records in Oklahoma

For many adoptees, the search for their birth families can take many years and be filled with twists and turns. One of the biggest obstacles to an adoption reunion journey is the possibility of closed or sealed adoption records. It can be very hard to unseal adoption...

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How to Help an Older Child Adjust to Adoption

Adopting an older child is a very different experience than adopting an infant. One of the biggest distinctions between the two is the process of adjustment for older children. Unlike infants, it can take lots of time and effort for an adopted older child to see you...

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Balancing Work and Family After Adoption

One of the biggest challenges of adopting a child is adjusting to parenthood. This can be especially hard for couples who both work. Balancing work and family life is difficult for every working couple, but adoptive parents have their own particular challenges as...

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Is Adoption Right for Me and My Baby?

One of the scariest feelings in the world is being pregnant and not knowing what to do next. Unfortunately many women go through this situation every day, and most don’t know where to turn. Adoption is becoming more popular with many, but how do you know if it’s right...

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Preparing for your Adoption Reunion.

Many adopted children in closed adoptions have dreams of meeting their birth parents, and many birth parents dream of meeting the children they released for adoption as well. However, adoption reunions aren’t always what we imagine they’ll be. If you’re seeking a...

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How to Talk to Your Family About Your Adoption Plans

Adoption can be a difficult decision to pursue - but it can be even harder to explain it to your loved ones. This is true whether you’re a birth mother considering placing your child for adoption or a family desiring to create your family through adoption. Talking to...

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How to Handle a Failed Adoption

There are many common fears among couples seeking to create or expand their family through adoption. One of the biggest fears is “failed” adoptions - an adoption that starts but, for one reason or another, doesn’t finish. Failed adoptions happen for many reasons, but...

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What To Do While You Wait for your Adoption

One of the most difficult things about adopting a child can be all the waiting involved. You might be waiting to be matched. You might be enduring a long waiting period before your adoption finalizes. Perhaps you’re even waiting for your child to be born. It can be...

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How to Adopt a Child in Oklahoma

Adoption is a journey that changes your life forever! If you have felt the call to adopt in Oklahoma and want to know what to do next, you’ve come to the right place. Our Oklahoma adoption agency has helped thousands of parents with their adoption journeys, and we can...

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How to Get Involved in National Adoption Month 2015

November is National Adoption Month. This year’s initiative, “We Never Outgrow the Need for Family,” spotlights the needs of waiting children in foster care. These older children are at-risk of aging out and face numerous hardships. Helping these children is more than...

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How Does an Adoption Home Study Work in Oklahoma?

The process of adoption in Oklahoma can seem complex at first - there are many steps that you’ll need to complete during the process. One of the most important steps is the home study, a comprehensive interview that assesses your home life and family structure. A home...

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Celebrating Older Child Adoption in Oklahoma

Many adoption agencies in Oklahoma focus on infant adoptions. At Deaconess Pregnancy and Adoptions, we also focus our efforts on helping prospective families see the benefits and beauty of adopting an older child. Older child adoption can be challenging, but it’s also...

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What Is An Adoption Plan?

For many people, finding out they’re pregnant is exciting - but for others, it’s nothing but bad news. If you don’t feel like you’re ready to have a child or don’t think you are prepared to support a family, adoption might be the right choice for you. However,...

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Handling Post-Adoption Depression

New parents frequently hear about postpartum depression and how it can affect life after giving birth. It’s much less common to hear about the counterpart in adoptive parents’ lives: post-adoption depression. However, PAD is a very real phenomenon that affects...

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Open or Closed Adoption: Which Is Right for You?

When you decide to adopt a child, you have a lot of additional choices to make. One of the biggest is the kind of adoption you wish to pursue: open, semi-open, or closed adoption. Each type of adoption has its benefits, and happy families are formed under each type...

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Jimmy Wayne Concert to Support Oklahoma Foster Children

In 2014, 238 children in Oklahoma’s foster child system aged out of foster care without finding a family to adopt them. Many of these children will be at risk of homelessness, criminal activity or early pregnancy. That’s why the caring employees and volunteers at...

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Deaconess Pregnancy & Adoptions in Oklahoma City

Deaconess Pregnancy & Adoptions is Oklahoma's oldest adoption agency. For more than 100 years, we have helped connect women facing unplanned pregnancies with adoptive families. We have helped more than 12,000 women in a crisis pregnancy and have created over 5,500...

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