Monthly Archives: November 2012

My Favorite Adoption-Related Books and Blogs

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, by Bruce Perry, cemented my decision to adopt children through the Minnesota Waiting Children Program. This book had several case studies about Mr. Perry’s work with children who have experienced neglect, abuse, … Continue reading

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Supplemental Adoption Assistance Needs Assessment in Minnesota

In a previous post, I provided a brief overview of the Adoption Assistance program. One part of Adoption Assistance is the Supplemental Maintenance Payment. This payment is “available when a child has a diagnosed physical, mental, emotional, or behavioral disability … Continue reading

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Adoption Assistance in Minnesota

Some children who are adopted in Minnesota are eligible for Adoption Assistance. This makes adopting an older child (or sibling group) with special needs more affordable for prospective parents. The Minnesota Department of Human Services website has a helpful outline … Continue reading

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Is Adoption Affordable?

I try not to get too “political” on my blog, but I have no problem coming right out and saying that I am a major advocate for  the Making Adoption Affordable Act (HR 4373 and S. 3616). For more information … Continue reading

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In Honor of National Adoption Day

Today is National Adoption Day and I am pleased to  announce 2 things today: 1) My husband and I are in the process of finalizing the adoption of our two daughters (both in elementary school) through the Minnesota Waiting Children … Continue reading

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Parents and their children’s student loans

This article in the New York Times, in my opinion, makes a good case for why student loans should be more easily dischargeable in bankruptcy (since the discharge of student loans in bankruptcy is practically impossible – that is my … Continue reading

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Updated means test numbers – effective November 1, 2012

The new means test numbers went into effect on November 1, 2012. Here is a link to the updated median incomes for the means test: http://www.justice.gov/ust/eo/bapcpa/20121101/bci_data/median_income_table.htm There was a slight decrease in the median income for household sizes of 1 … Continue reading

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