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  1. Today’s placement— the first of Abrazo’s 27th year— was a beautiful tribute to faith and fortitude. The adoptive couple, members of the Crown Club 2020, had endured a failed adoption plan last fall, yet didn’t lose faith in the process. The birthmother had endured the loss of her other children previously, yet still wanted a better life for her newborn daughter, even as she knew how much her own sacrifice would hurt. Today, they were joined at placement by her loving sisters and their spouses, and together, they reveled in that precious baby, and the families all cried and laughed and prayed t
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  2. THE FIRST TRIMESTER This is the learning trimester, when you begin your psychological pregnancy and yes, when you experience all the nausea, mood swings and fatigue that afflict any parent-to-be. During this time, you go through Abrazo's admissions process (inquiry, application and orientation) and (if accepted) remit half of the agency fee (for pre-adoption education/coaching/casework). You have your homestudy done by a local Master's level social worker, you get FBI and CANRIS/criminal checks done to satisfy Texas requirements. You have pre-adoption physicals done, with labwork. And you p
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  3. I found looking at other profiles we received at orientation was very helpful. The best online advice I found was to let the pictures tell the story of who you are and what your everyday life is, don't load it down with too much text - really hard to do when you're trying to get so much across. I tried not to write about what was in the pictures to get as much out of the little space as possible. You want the birth mother to envision the kind of life their child will live with you. Be genuine and include pictures or a theme that makes you unique, so she remembers your profile after viewing
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