‘The Baby Wait,’ New TV Series, Shows Open Adoption From Both Sides

NEW YORK — Pregnant at 18, a high school dropout, Genavieve Diggs knew she wasn’t equipped to raise a child, but after surrendering her newborn for adoption, she nearly changed her mind.

Under state law in Connecticut, where she lives, Diggs had 30 days to make sure the adoption was what she wanted. Such post-birth waiting periods are common in the patchwork of laws governing adoption around the country, in Diggs’s case an open arrangement where the two dads she had chosen had already agreed to grant her regular visits with her baby girl.

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Board Certification

Certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of competency and experience within an area of law, and professionalism and ethics in practice.  Only a small percentage of lawyers in Florida achieve board certification – 7%.

The Law Offices of Jeanne T. Tate, P.A. are proud to announce that Jeanne T. Tate, Danelle D. Barksdale, and Martha A. Curtis are board certified adoption attorneys.

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Parents Should Tell Children They’re Adopted, According to American Academy of Pediatrics

AAP Issues Guidance on Adoped Children

By Cole Petrochko, Associate Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Parents should tell children if they’re adopted, and pediatricians should help them address challenges in rearing an adopted child, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Clinicians should teach adoptive parents to be open about the nature of the adoption with their child while still establishing that an adopted family is still a real family, wrote Veronnie Jones, PhD, and Elaine Shulte, MD, MPH, of the AAP’s committee on early childhood and council on foster care, adoption, and kinship care in Pediatrics.

“It is generally agreed that the child should be told of the adoption,” they wrote in the report, adding that there is no established time to tell the child that they were adopted, although they emphasized that children generally do not understand the difference between their family and other children’s biological families until age 3.
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