International Adoption Through the Eyes of an Attorney

Compared to domestic adoption, international adoption has unique benefits and pitfalls. Adopting a child from overseas is like undertaking an exciting and magical journey to someone else’s land, culture, traditions and language; learning to accept that culture and traditions; and getting a child to love as yours. However, that journey can not only be exciting, but also dangerous and involve certain risks. What are they?

First, a prospective parent who is a U.S. citizen, needs to comply with at least four major sets of laws: U.S. immigration laws and the immigration laws of a foreign country, the adoption laws of the state where the parent resides, and the adoption laws of a foreign country. While seemingly complicated, those laws will most likely change as you go through the process of adoption. Not staying on top of the developments in these laws may cause delays, complications and frustration in completing the adoption.

Second, in a foreign country, you will most likely be dealing with a government with an unstable political regime. Unless special precautions are taken, you will be represented before a foreign government by people whom you do not know and have not chosen, and over whom you have no control. All that creates possibilities for fraud. According to the U.S. Department of State, the most common frauds in international adoption are offering a child for adoption who is known to be seriously sick and obtaining prepayment for adoption services which were never intended to be performed (i.e., obtaining prepayment for a non-existent child). A primary concern in international adoption should therefore be to avoid becoming a victim of fraud. One way of accomplishing this task is to minimize dealing with strangers in a foreign country.

Third, in the U.S., you will be dealing with an adoption agency. The job of an adoption agency is to locate a child in the country of your choice, to forward your dossier to a representative in that country, and to arrange for your trip to the place where the child is located. Not every agency is qualified to do business in every country. Thus, you want to have assurance that the agency you retain is not only qualified in the country of your choice, but that it will perform its obligations to the best of its ability.

Fourth, the amount of paperwork to be completed to create your dossier for international adoption is staggering (not to mention that most of the documents to be prepared are legal by nature – various representations, guaranties, obligations, etc.) In the eyes of many, the paperwork is the most intimidating part of international adoption. Thus, it makes a great deal of sense to delegate the responsibility of dealing with it to a specialist.

Finally, international adoption is not cheap and may take several months (in some instances, more than a year) to complete. You really need to protect yourself to ensure that your pre-payment is not lost or misused. Most delays are caused by changes in circumstances (which usually have to do with dealing with U.S. and foreign governments.) The best way to minimize these delays is to anticipate them, using the experience of others as a guiding light.

You ought to look for an attorney representing prospective parents from the United States, in the adoption of a child from a foreign nation, that can:

  • reduce the risks inherent to the process
  • take the burden of dealing with American and foreign government off of your shoulders
  • make the entire undertaking as quick as possible
  • guide you through the process of making some of the most important decisions in your lives

A good international adoption attorney helps prospective parents to navigate through the complicated and often confusing process of complying with adoption and immigration laws of the United States and a foreign country. They deal with the intimidating task of dossier preparation and other legal documentation and take upon themselves all other legal and organizational tasks of the process.

International adoption is not only filled with unparalleled excitement and fulfillment, but also contains hidden pitfalls. In partnership with their clients, attorneys should take care of the pitfalls, leaving you to “deal” with the true excitement. Other than adopting a child, true excitement also lies in being able to give birth to a child of your own. Pregnancy Miracle Method is a service that helps you to achieve that goal if that is what you want.

If you want to know whether an attorney can help you, find one near you. Your communication will be free and confidential. And if you decide to proceed on your own, I wish you good luck and my very best wishes for success.

Things To Know When Making Sweets For Children

Children need their parents. They need more than food, clothing and a roof over their head. They also need love and attention. They need to do things together with their parents, as this is what contributes to strengthening the bond between them. There are parents who prefer to ignore these needs, but most of them do try to spend quality time with their children. Cooking is one of the most loved activities, as it involves cooperation and creativity.

Making sweets for children can be a good way to show them how much you care for them. However, you should be careful not to turn this harmless activity into a daunting one. A healthy nutrition doesn’t involve the consumption of high amounts of sugar, so you need to be creative when you choose your recipes. If you need to use chocolate, choose the dark variant, as it doesn’t contain too much sugar. If your recipes call for sugar, always buy brown, as it is less refined than the white. The less refined it is, the less daunting it’s going to be, so try to stay on the healthy side of things. Besides, your children won’t be able to tell the difference, as they are going to be happy you make sweets with them anyway.

The difficulty of the recipes is another thing to watch when making sweets for children, especially if you intend to involve them in the cooking process. If you choose complex recipes, the kids won’t be able to follow you, so they aren’t going to have too much fun. On the contrary, by choosing easy recipes that don’t involve too many ingredients, your children are going to be happy to cooperate.

Here is a list of recipes for ideas

Marshmallows can be an excellent idea, as they are low in sugar and relatively easy to prepare. Nonetheless, you need to be very careful with the baking temperature, as you can easily ruin them by choosing the wrong setting. If you want to add more fun to your cooking session, you can mix and match various colors, and invite your kids to create funny patterns. You don’t need to use chemical colors, as you can obtain some interesting shades by adding various fruit extracts into the mix. Blueberries can give you a dark blue color, strawberries a vivid red, while crushed mint can help you create green marshmallows.

Pancakes and donuts are two other sweets children love to see their parents cooking for them. There’s nothing more exciting than flipping over a pancake in the pan, so you should be prepared to go through an intensive cleaning session after the cooking. Nonetheless, your children are going to enjoy these priceless moments spent together with you. A little cleaning is a small price to pay for such a great joy. Besides, you can always ask the kids to contribute to the cleaning, as well. Life isn’t all fun and games, and the earlier your little ones learn this, the better for them.

New Mom? Here are Four Productivity Tips to Keep You Sane


It’s no secret – being a new mom means starting a new life.

If it’s your first baby, nothing can prepare you for the changes you need to make. Where previously you were alone (or with your spouse), now you have a little human being needing you 24 hours a day. With such a huge and time consuming responsibility, many new mothers get overwhelmed.

They attempt to do too many things at once, thinking they can do the same things like before the baby arrived. If you have a new member of the family and you find yourself running out of time and power, here are four productivity tips for new moms you can use to improve time management.

1 – Admit what you can accomplish in a day

Some women are natural super moms. But most women are just ordinary mortals. Instead of trying to become a super mom yourself and failing, admit to what you can accomplish. When you admit what you can accomplish, you take off the pressure of having to do things you know you don’t have time for. It also frees up your emotions from guilt and makes you productive doing what you can do.

2 – Don’t underestimate the power of planning

If you rarely planned before, now is the time to do it right. Every little advantage you can get goes a long way to help you raise a beautiful and healthy child. Plan ahead and create a schedule for regular household chores and even meal menus. Also plan for details that can save time such as keeping an extra diaper bag in the care for emergencies. But know that things can and often don’t go according to plan, so when that happens stay flexible and adjust to the changes.

3 – Accept other people’s help

New moms are very protective of their baby, and that’s OK. But you don’t have to be protective about the details about taking care of your baby. When other people – such as family members or friends – offer to help, say Yes! You can ask them to help you with the chores you have planned or other simple tasks that don’t involve handling the baby directly. Most people will be glad to help you.

On the opposing side of accepting help, learn to say No! If other people ask for your time or energy for a project or other task, it’s alright to decline. At first, it may feel difficult to say no when someone asks for help, but it reserves your energy and time to attend the baby. Alternatively, you can say yes once you have a working system in place where you can take care of the baby seamlessly.

4 – Simplify the process

Talking about creating a working system, think about simplifying your tasks. Instead of seeing a chore as one big task to do, figure out if it can be broken down into small chores. These small chores should only take a short time so you can finish them when the baby sleeps or other pauses. Once you get the rhythm of your baby, you can adjust chores around that rhythm to streamline the process.

As many parents realize, there is no school for parenting. Even if there is, each baby is a different challenge. These productivity tips for new moms aim to give you a guideline to help you become productive and happy while still taking good care of your baby.

How to Help a Child: Adoption, Foster Care, or Sponsor?

A few months ago was National Adoption Month. There was a lot of action online in blog posts and on social media calling us to learn more and take action to help a child in need. Consider what you can do to help the cause!

There are many different ways to help children in need. As a religious person, I struggle to look away from those suffering on this earth. We are called by God not to ignore those in need. We must take action and help those who are suffering.

What are YOU doing to help our worlds children?

How are you stepping up to help those in need?

It’s saddening to know that not all children are given the same amazing start in life that we are blessed to experience. Did you know that there are many ways to help a child?

Have you ever considered adoption?

I am not saying that if you have not adopted a child you are not doing your part. As a matter of fact, many women don’t adopt children to save them, but instead to become a mother. If you have ever wondered about adoption, at least look into your options.

Perhaps foster care is where you need to be?

So many children in your own community need a stable environment where they can feel safe, cared for and loved. This is not always a feel good task. Please don’t jump into it thinking it will be.

It can be difficult, and perhaps in the thick of it not very rewarding at all. But the rewards don’t hide forever. You can make a difference in a child’s life without adopting them.

Foster care was originally set up to be a safe but temporary place for a child to go while their home situation was returned to a stable environment. I do realize that is not always the case and from there came the foster to adopt programs. But it points out that there are many avenues you could help!

I encourage you to listen to this podcast episode by Jamie Ivey if you are curious at all about fostering. Perhaps listening to these lovely ladies chat about their experiences in a casual environment will open your eyes to what fostering is all about and if it is something you want to pursue further.

What about sponsoring a child?

There is an organization called Compassion Canada and what they can do for children all over this world is a blessing. They have an amazing program where you can have the opportunity to bless a child by sponsoring them and encouraging them through letters.

By doing this you are helping this child be fed, go to school, and get the medical help that they need.

Yes, they will be blessed, but the really cool thing is that you will be blessed too!

You see it’s not just about giving money and then forgetting about this child. It’s about forming a relationship. You get to write back and forth to the children you sponsor, you get to learn about each other, and see that people live differently in different places in our world.

It’s a good chance to learn all about having a giving spirit and how to pray for another person. You can learn to sacrifice your time to think of someone else!

You are caring for someone in need and the results can be spread far and wide from there. I highly encourage you to check out Compassion Canada and become involved in another child’s life.

Perhaps you don’t feel called to take action and sign up, and maybe adoption or foster care isn’t something you feel you need to do.

Have more money than time?

There are so many needs and charities out there and life can become busy in a flash. I urge you to consider donating to one of the below charities as many families need help saving up to be able to adopt.

Abba Canada – This is an amazing program dedicated to helping families waiting to adopt. Your family can receive a grant from them.

Adopt Together – This is a crowd funding site that American’s use to request funds for their adoption. They set up a profile and start fund raising just like that! Scroll to the bottom and any one of the families listed would be thrilled to be blessed through a donation.

What about becoming a prayer warrior?

Your prayers are needed! You can still be a help on this earth just by praying.

Finally, consider volunteering

Try calling up your local agency and asking if they need a volunteer for anything. I am sure they can find something for you to do! Perhaps make a nutritious meal plan for children at orphanages? Or hosting a fundraiser for your agency is your thing?Adoption agencies often have more expenses then they can handle and something like that would be very appreciated.

I hope this list has helped you see that there are so many ways to help children in need. This post was meant to get you thinking and researching. The links shared are of course just the tip of the iceberg. I am sure you can hit up Google or your local church for many more suggestions!

Please consider what YOU can do to help God’s children … that is all.

Concerns About Naturally Getting Pregnant After 40

The average age of pregnancy is higher today than it was in the past. A few decades ago, the average age when a woman gave birth to a child is in her mid-20’s. Nowadays, women are delaying getting married and having children in favor of a career or other life pursuit. As an effect, the average age of giving birth has increased to late-20’s. On top of that, there is a triple increase in the number of women who give birth after reaching 40 years of age.

Giving birth at such age has complications, especially if you are thinking about getting pregnant after 40 naturally without using artificial procedures such as in vitro fertilization or enzyme therapy. The risks involved include:

  • difficulty in conception (caused by the reproductive health of your partner who is also at a mature age)
  • a higher risk of miscarriages (due to your body’s decreasing strength)
  • and other health factors that can become an obstacle in giving a healthy birth

Although there are various issues that can make it difficult, the primary problem when giving birth at a mature age is caused by ovarian cycle issues, according to a study conducted by Dr. D. Navot. He says that if the ovarian cycle is restored to the normal state, then the reproductive organs of a woman in her 40’s is capable of conceiving and carrying a healthy pregnancy to full term.

The ovarian cycle is affected by the hormonal balance. The lifestyle of modern women tend to be not healthy in terms of nutrition, exercise, and stress levels. If the normal balance of hormones important for reproducing is restored then it can help to improve the chances of conceiving and getting pregnant.

One of the major health risks that threaten your hormonal balance is obesity. Obesity is an endemic physical condition that many men and women have. According to research, it is a primary cause of infertility and can also disturb the normal ovarian cycle. Therefore, one of the ways to return your ovarian cycle to a normal state is by maintaining a healthy body weight.

You can maintain a good body weight by eating healthy nutrition and doing exercise. Some of the foods you should increase in your diet include vegetables, especially green vegetables. Vegetables worthy of being on your list are: broccoli, cabbage, spinach, wheat grass, and others.

Wheat grass is considered a super food. Super foods are a good option here because they are rich in nutrition but low in calories and free from harmful chemicals that are found in processed foods. You probably already have super foods stocked in your home but you are unaware of it. Another green vegetable that is a super food is kale which has many nutrients for many health benefits.

For your protein needs, you can eat eggs. Eggs provide amino acids and other micro nutrients that are essential for pregnancy. Getting enough nutrients and protein from these sources helps to strengthen your body by eliminating harmful toxins, preventing damage, and rejuvenating tissues and cells.

Besides a diet, doing exercise is very beneficial for your body’s health. Do the exercise that you can do, whether it is merely for moving your body or shedding excess body weight. The number of exercises you can do is plenty, and one good recommendation is to look at

On the other side, avoid eating food and drinks that are harmful. It makes sense to avoid drinking soda and other sugar filled and caffeinated drinks and also alcohol. If possible, eliminate all foods that are processed and contain chemicals you can’t even read (although this is difficult to do since processed foods are ubiquitous in today’s world).

When you combine a healthy diet, exercise, and avoid unhealthy habits, you can restore your ovarian cycle to a normal balance and increase your chances of getting pregnant after 40 naturally.

Various Benefits Of Natural Fertility Enzyme Therapy

There are many different types of enzymes in the human body. The human body needs these enzymes for various processes. They are responsible for building new proteins, organs, tissues, cells as well as breaking down the same tissues. The concentration of enzymes in human bodies is responsible for repairing injuries as well as warding off various diseases.

It is estimated that there are over 3000 different types of enzymes in the body and all the different types of enzymes are needed to ensure that various bodily functions keep working without any problems. These enzymes are involved in digestion, reproduction, breathing, blood coagulation and various other bodily functions. In other words, human body cannot function without various types of enzymes.

When it comes to fertility, enzymes play an important role. This is the reason that natural fertility enzyme therapy has gained a lot of popularity over the past few years. Here is a list of some of the major benefits of natural fertility enzyme therapy.

One of the biggest benefits of enzyme therapy is that systemic enzymes have an anti-inflammatory effect. These help in breaking down various substances in the blood that are responsible for infections and creating inflammation. In other words, a female experiencing chronic inflammation that is related to fertility can get a lot of relief from enzyme therapy. reports that chronic inflammation may lead to injury to the healthy tissue in the reproductive system. Such an injury in the reproductive system may cause infection that may lead to creation of scar tissue as well as adhesion formation. It may also lead to pain.

Hyper immune response by the body is also one of the major causes of infertility. Systematic enzyme therapy can help in reducing the occurrence of such kind of response. Many research studies have shown that these enzymes may help in preventing the rejection of the fetus by the reproductive system.

These enzymes are also able to break down the matter that makes up scar tissue. Adhesion and scar tissue can cause various types of fertility issues. These enzymes work as a biological response modifier and work with the immune defense system of the body to moderate the inflammatory response. These also help in promoting better blood circulation and cleansing of the tissues.

These enzymes are also known to improve blood flow by preventing abnormal blood clotting, preventing aggregation of platelets and by increasing flexibility of the red blood cells. These help in promoting better blood circulation as well as in stimulating formation of healthy tissue. In simple terms, it can also be said that these enzymes help in making the blood less sticky that is beneficial for reproductive health in a variety of ways.

Overall, there are a number of benefits of enzyme therapy when it comes to fertility. Eating foods that are high in enzymes also help to increase your enzyme health. Read this E Factor Diet real review to learn more about the benefits of enzymatic foods for your health.

However, it is important that you take proper care and get this therapy from an experienced doctor to ensure that you get all the necessary enzymes in the right concentration. You should not start this therapy on your own as it can be dangerous for your health.

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