Open House May 7th

Be sure to join The Blue Ribbon Project on Sunday May 7th for our first annual Open House!  We'll have over 40 organizations and businesses that will be joining in. We'll have everything from great food to police K-9 demonstrations. For more information, please check out the --EVENT PAGE--

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For both children and parents, adoption is a life-changing event. Some couples choose to adopt because they are unable to have biological children; others pursue the option because they want to expand their family and offer a child a home. For children growing up in the often erratic world of foster care or in an orphanage, becoming part of a permanent family is a radically new experience that leads to a more stable life.

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Child Adoption in Maryland

Child adoption in Maryland occurs when a domestic placement is arranged by a child placement agency, whether a private agency or a government one. The children that can be adopted through the Department of Social Services are usually in foster care.

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One of the most important services your adoption professional should provide is watching for "red flags." These are warning signs that indicate a birth mother is at risk of reclaiming or having a change of heart in her adoption plan.

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There are many key issues when it comes to adopting while enlisted in the Military. Here are a few tips on how to adopt successfully.

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The landmark day you became parents- it's pretty clear that the day of your adoption is not like any other day. It's the day you became a mother, your husband became a father, and your parents became grandparents. Your life is forever changed by your child and no other event will ever compare to all you have gone through to get to this day.

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Mardie Caldwell has helped thousands of couples build their families through adoption since 1986. She has dedicated her life and career to helping both birthmothers and adoptive families find each other, providing a safe and hopeful future for children. She is also committed to adoption education through her internet talk show, Lets Talk Adoption and her new book, AdoptingOnline.com.

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When is the right time to move from infertility to adoption? When do you emotionally feel ready? Will you ever feel ready and must move forward with other ways of creating your forever family! Mardie Caldwell, through her personal experience and over 20 years of working with couples nation-wide, has made it her life's work to bless children needing forever adoptive parents.

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Getting Started in the Right Direction with the Right Questions Becoming an adoptive parent does not have to be rigorious. Mardie Caldwell will share her knowledge and insight about choosing the adoption professional perfect for you.

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Many adoptive families struggle for years to create the peaceful family of which they had dreamed. Regrettably, one of the main barriers preventing such family harmony is one of the least understood when it comes to understanding the plight of the adopted child. That barrier is trauma.

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On May 30, 2014, I went to my oldest daughter's classroom during our lunch time. I was told from her teacher that she got kicked out of her math class and was sent to her reading teacher for being rude and disrespectful. So the teacher told me that my daughter said she did not take her medicine and she has "hell" in her today. So the teacher asked me why she didn't take her medicine and I told her she's been sick with a very bad cold so I gave her cough medicine this morning and I did not want to double dose her with cold medicine and her ADHD medicine. The teacher understood that, so I went to my daughter and said why are you misbehaving today? her response was because she didn't take her medicine, so I asked her what did I tell you your medicine is for and she said for me to concentrate and I said yes, so that means you chose to misbehave because on weekend you don't take your medicine and you behave then. I told her this is my last time I tell you that your medicine is not for your behavior, its for you to concentrate on your studies. And when you misbehave its a choice. So, since you chose to misbehave me as your mother chooses to have you on punishment for the weekend is that understood. her reply was yes.......

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There are many reasons why families may look into adoption, whether it is because of inability to have a biological child or just desire to add onto their family. Their desire for adoption will often lead them to their state's family services office, which is always looking for placement for the children that are in the care of the state. These state services include adoption, counseling, education, family relationships, head start, ways to work, and healing.

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 Adoption can be a very interesting journey. Sometimes we move forward and then look back on our actions and reactions and think "Did I just do that?"As you move forward on your adoption journey it is key to listen to those who have gone before you.  Remember wisdom is gained from listening to others and then making the right decision with your new knowledge.

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