Family to Family now has a group called Friends of Family to Family on Facebook where adoptive families can join and have a support network and the agency can keep up with the families as well as the agency can share upcoming events and news related to our program. If you would like to join this group and you have a Facebook account look us up. If you do not have a Facebook account and would like to join, message me and I can send you the invite to join.
Hope to see you soon on Facebook!
Many of our friends maintain blogs and have been kind enough to mention their appreciation of our services to adoptive and birth families on their blogs. We know that others are active on Facebook and might want to let their friends know about us as well. To make this process easier, we have added a “Share on Facebook” link to the right side of this page.
The process is simple. If you have a Facebook account, just click the link and a message will be posted to your “wall”. You will have an opportunity to add your own comment to the posting before it goes up.
If you have a Facebook account, you can help us and stay in touch with what we are doing by joining our “Friends of Family to Family” group on Facebook!
This is a very easy way to let your friends know about what you are doing, and to tell them about our services if they have any need for them. We appreciate all the support and kind words that we receive from our many happy clients, both parents of newly adopted children and birth families who have successfully placed children in loving homes.
Many parents have opted for an amended vaccination schedule or have decided not to have their child vaccinated at all. It is important to follow the recommended shot schedule for your child. The vaccines that your child receives have all been studied and approved and are continuing to be researched to ensure that they are safe for every child.
The website for the American Academy of Pediatrics at http://www.cispimmunize.org/ outlines the schedule of vaccines and other areas of concern around the vaccination schedule. For some parents the concern is the idea of having their child vaccinated might cause them to become autistic.
Most research and statistics indicate that there is no link between vaccinations and autism but having your child vaccinated, even on an amended schedule, will prevent your child from becoming seriously ill with any of the diseases that vaccines are used to prevent. Consult your child’s pediatrician to discuss any concerns that you might have regarding vaccines and your child.
The number of children with food allergies is on the rise. Most schools and daycares have banned peanut and milk products in these settings. It is important once your child has been diagnosed with a food allergy to keep medication on hand and be sure to read the labels for possible allergens. Also educate your child’s caregivers and friends to your child’s allergy so that they are aware of the risks. Remember too that even if your child does not have any allergies, your child’s friends, relatives and peers might so be cautious and always check with a child’s parent first if you are unsure. Some children will outgrow any food allergies as they age, but for some a food allergy can be potentially fatal. Having your child tested for allergies is usually recommended by a pediatrician if there is a history of food allergies in the family or if a child has been diagnosed to having an allergic reaction to a certain food or ingredient and want to be sure as the child ages that the child still has this allergy. Talk with your child’s pediatrician if you are not sure if your child has any allergies or shows sign of an allergic reaction. If your child is adopted and the family history of food allergies is unknown, it is usually recommended to not start solids until the child is at least six months old and/or to maybe have your child tested for any allergies when the doctor feels it might be necessary.
“We drove 27 hours straight through to get from our Midwest home to Texas and arrived at the hospital when our beautiful baby was 22 hours old!”
Another testimonial from one of our adoptive families tells us again that the work we do here has an impact on people’s lives. We always appreciate these kinds of stories because they remind us over and over again that our efforts are meaningful (and appreciated).
Visit our web site to learn more about the adoptive process and see how we might be of service to you in your efforts to build your family!
We at Family to Family have always prided ourselves on our attention to serving the needs of the birthmothers that we are associated with. We have a list of birthmother services that we provide to our clients and maintain a list of questions and answers of interest to birth families.
We are always gratified when our constituents recognize our efforts, and many of them mention us and our dedicated staff in their blogs describing ways that we have been supportive and helpful to them in their efforts to expand their families. One of our clients has written a personal note about his own experience as an adopted child and his sensitivity to issues that birth mothers have. His story points up how our approach serves birth families as well as adoptive families.