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06/22/2023

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From Brushstrokes to Parenthood: Artist Marina Cruz Changes the Adoption Narrative One Painting at a Time 05/01/2023

This Adoptive Mom shares her adoption journey through her art.

From Brushstrokes to Parenthood: Artist Marina Cruz Changes the Adoption Narrative One Painting at a Time “Not of my flesh, nor of my bone, but still miraculously my own,” wrote Fleur Conkling Heyliger, a 1950s author of children’s books. For adopted children, materials like books are…

House Passes Bill to Increase Adoption Tax Credit - West Virginia Legislature Blog 04/18/2023

Happy Tax Day to our neighbors in West Virginia who increased their statewide adoption tax credit this year!

House Passes Bill to Increase Adoption Tax Credit - West Virginia Legislature Blog Twelve bills were up for discussion today in the House of Delegates. House Bill 2002 increases the adoption tax credit and establishes eligibility of adopted children of WV residents for early intervention services. The bill establishes the WV Mothers and Babies Pregnancy Support Program. House Bill...

'Why shouldn't I adopt?' NJ surgeon, Virginia teen become family after patient's social post 03/29/2023

A powerful story about the adoption of a Virginia teenager after facing profound loss.

'Why shouldn't I adopt?' NJ surgeon, Virginia teen become family after patient's social post This is the story of how Dr. James Wittig, a New Jersey orthopedic surgeon, came to adopt the child of a cancer patient.

Timeline photos 10/16/2022

We couldn’t agree more! ❤️

Photos from NAMI's post 07/18/2022
07/12/2022

Wishing everyone celebrating a lovely Eid Mubarak.

Lionel Richie Reflects on Adopting Daughter Nicole with First Wife Brenda Harvey: 'She Was a Godsend' — People 02/15/2022

Lionel Richie reflects on adopting daughter Nicole Richie at the age of 9.

Lionel Richie Reflects on Adopting Daughter Nicole with First Wife Brenda Harvey: 'She Was a Godsend' — People Richie opens up about fame and fatherhood in this week’s issue of PEOPLE honoring Black History Month

Inside Alec Ingold's Adoption Story 01/25/2022

Las Vegas Raiders Fullback Alec Ingold opens up about his adoption story.

https://www.si.com/nfl/raiders/news/las-vegas-raiders-fullback-alec-ingold-adoption-story

Inside Alec Ingold's Adoption Story Las Vegas Raiders fullback Alec Ingold's adoption story is the topic of a new NFL Films short documentary.

11/23/2021

Working with competent ethical adoption professionals is a key part of success on your adoption journey. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your options.

A girl lost her teddy bear at Glacier National Park. A year later, it's back home 11/17/2021

Heart warming story about a little girl and her very special adoption teddy bear.

A girl lost her teddy bear at Glacier National Park. A year later, it's back home After 5-year-old Naomi Pascal lost her beloved stuffed animal during a hike, her family wasn't sure it would ever turn up again. One park ranger's kind heart changed that.

Timeline photos 11/10/2021

A beautiful story about how adoptions create family.

A beautiful adoption journey shared by Fellow Susan Stockham as we continue to celebrate National Adoption Month:

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Families gather at Mill Mountain to celebrate Roanoke City adoption 11/09/2021

https://www.wsls.com/news/local/2021/11/08/celebrating-roanoke-city-adoptions-families/

Families gather at Mill Mountain to celebrate Roanoke City adoption Guzman says they have more than 200 kids in foster care. It’s one of the highest numbers in Virginia, but the city also has one of the highest numbers of adoptions.

11/01/2021

Happy National Adoption Month from The Law Office of Maggy R. Vaughn!

A Proclamation on National Adoption Month, 2021:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/10/29/a-proclamation-on-national-adoption-month-2021/

‘Our foster child asked us to adopt him – by drawing himself on to a family photo’ 08/21/2021

I’m not crying. You’re crying. Fabulous story about the power of permanency.

‘Our foster child asked us to adopt him – by drawing himself on to a family photo’ George was neglected by his parents, then an adoption went wrong. There was only one family that he felt loved by.

08/09/2021

Thinking about adoption but aren't sure where to start? Check out this article and then contact our office for a complimentary consult.

Thank you to the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys for their work in ending the stigma surrounding infertility and their excellent contributions to this article.

08/06/2021

Have you taken the adoptive parent survey yet? NCFA's latest research project is underway and part one is a nationwide survey of adoptive parents. Learn more and complete the survey at https://adoptioncouncil.org/research/profiles-in-adoption/

Siblings, 3 and 5, find a home, family after spending 3 years among 7 different households 08/01/2021

Such an amazing story!

Siblings, 3 and 5, find a home, family after spending 3 years among 7 different households When heard about their situation, we decided we were going to take them in as their foster family. We said, you know, might have a full house, but we have the room and knew we could make it work. All these kids wanted was someone to love and someone love them,” Amanda Jones said. “ We just knew ...

Pilot Program Gives Loudoun County Deputies Time to Follow Up With Mental Health Crisis Calls 07/14/2021

I was so grateful for the opportunity to speak to Julie Carey with NBC4 on behalf of NAMI Northern Virginia about the new pilot program in Loudoun County. Assigning CIT trained SRO deputies to follow up after a mental health related call allows families a better chance to connect with resources in the community to seek appropriate treatment.

Pilot Program Gives Loudoun County Deputies Time to Follow Up With Mental Health Crisis Calls The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is trying a new approach this summer to some of the most challenging calls for law enforcement — mental health and crisis calls.

06/18/2021

Thank you, Congressman Andy Kim, Representative Mike Kelly, Representative Chellie Pingree, and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick for sponsoring H.R. 3031, to help make a supported option for every family. Learn more at adoptiontaxcredit.org

06/18/2021
Catholic foster care agency wins Supreme Court verdict 06/18/2021

It is rare for SCOTUS to weigh in on adoption matters. Interesting majority opinion by Justice Roberts.

Catholic foster care agency wins Supreme Court verdict WASHINGTON (AP) — In another victory for religious groups at the Supreme Court, the justices on Thursday unanimously sided with a Catholic foster care agency that says its religious views prevent it from working with same-sex couples.

06/14/2021

Feeling overwhelmed about where to start with the adoption process? The Law Office of Maggy Vaughn offers a free 20 minute consultation to help explain your options and how we can assist you through the process. You can do it! We can help.

05/09/2021

Happy Mother’s Day to all women who mother no matter what that looks like!

05/08/2021

Today is Birth Mother’s Day. We are grateful to celebrate all of these amazing women who hold so much love in their hearts.

How Do I Cope as a Birth Mother During Mother’s Day? 05/05/2021

Mother's Day can be a tough day for birth mothers. Putting some of these techniques in place now can help you be well on Sunday.

How Do I Cope as a Birth Mother During Mother’s Day? Mother’s Day is probably one of the most emotionally charged days of the year, especially for birth...

05/03/2021

Writing a profile can be a bit daunting. Here is a helpful step by step to help get you started.

04/28/2021

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I am excited to attend the annual American Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys conference. Let the learning and fun begin!

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5 Tips for Your First Open Adoption Visit 04/16/2021

Excited for your first open adoption visit? Check out these great tips from Bethany Christian Services.

5 Tips for Your First Open Adoption Visit The first open adoption visit is often an emotional experience for adoptive parents and birth parents as they juggle their shared feelings of anxiety and awkwardness. Discover five tips for adoptive parents as you strive to make your first reunion a more comfortable experience.

Sandra Bullock nailed why we should stop saying 'adopted child' 04/13/2021

“All right, real talk: When's the last time you heard a parent refer to their kid as their "whoops, we forgot to use protection" child? What about their "it took a lot of help from doctors to make this happen" child?

No one talks like that! (OK, other than in a Judd Apatow comedy.) They'd sound ridiculous. Your kids are your kids — regardless of how they became a part of your family. Why do we so often forget to apply that understanding to children who've been adopted?”

Sandra Bullock nailed why we should stop saying 'adopted child' All right, real talk: When's the last time you heard a parent refer to their kid as their "whoops, we forgot to use protection" child? What about their "it took a lot of help from doctors to make this happen" child?No one talks like that! (OK, other than in a Judd Apatow comedy.) They'd sound ridicu...

New Utah law requires dads to pay prenatal child support 04/06/2021

We all know pregnancy looks different for a father than it does for a mother. This means women are making choices about their pregnancy before it becomes a reality for many men. When a birth mother is deciding how to move forward she needs as much information as possible, including and especially the type of support she should anticipate. Many advocate moving to a “pay up” or “shut up” approach where unmarried birth fathers who did not provide prenatal support could not object to an adoption plan made by the birth mother. What do you think?

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/utah-dads-required-pay-half-pregnancy-costs-76877746

New Utah law requires dads to pay prenatal child support A new Utah law will require biological fathers pay half of a woman’s out-of-pocket pregnancy costs

'A very proactive policy': Georgia governor signs adoption tax credit bill to help foster families 03/31/2021

Great news for Georgia familes!

'A very proactive policy': Georgia governor signs adoption tax credit bill to help foster families The credit would stay at $2,000 a year until the child turns 18.

Learn more about adoption, and how new technology could make it easier 03/10/2021

When life presents new challenges, adoption workers find new solutions.

Learn more about adoption, and how new technology could make it easier When coronavirus slowed adoptions, Heart Gallery of Sarasota started using its Family Finder technology to send ads to prospective families. It's working.

Mister Rogers Had a Simple Set of Rules for Talking to Children 03/08/2021

Understanding how children use language can help you have an appropriate dialogue with your children about adoption during every developmental season.

Mister Rogers Had a Simple Set of Rules for Talking to Children The TV legend possessed an extraordinary understanding of how kids make sense of language.

Katherine Heigl Opened Up About The Changes She's Made To Raising Her Adopted Kids After Admitting She Lived In A "White Bubble" And Didn't See Racism 03/05/2021

Katherine Heigl Opened Up About The Changes She's Made To Raising Her Adopted Kids After Admitting She Lived In A "White Bubble" And Didn't See Racism "Because I was raised with adoption, looking beyond skin color was the norm for me and I just believed that love is love — it doesn't matter what we look like."

‘Not knowing right now is the hardest thing’: This is what it’s like trying to adopt a child during a global pandemic 03/03/2021

Adopting during a pandemic can be a challenge. It is more important than ever to have a knowledgeable attorney to help you navigate unforeseen challenges.

‘Not knowing right now is the hardest thing’: This is what it’s like trying to adopt a child during a global pandemic Know Your Value recently spoke with three families who are navigating the challenges of adoption during this difficult time.

In quest to find birth family, woman makes 'life-altering' discovery: She's a princess 03/02/2021

Actor. Dancer. Transracial Adoptee. Princess. ❤️

In quest to find birth family, woman makes 'life-altering' discovery: She's a princess The life of Sarah Culberson, a Sierra Leone princess, changed forever when she learned of her royal status. But her story isn’t exactly a fairy tale.

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