Monday, January 19, 2015

BHAS: A Full Service Agency

BHAS’s Domestic Adoption Program is a full service process that takes a family from the start of adoption to its completion, including finalization services, emotional support, birth mother outreach, and all services involved in completing a legal adoption. This includes:
  • Semi-Open or Closed Adoptions
  • Guidelines to creating a family profile
  • Expert staff
  • Experienced legal staff
  • Documents Processing
  • Adoption Homestudies
  • Parent in Progress Classes
  • Maintaining Confidentiality
  • Personal Caregivers
  • Counseling for Birthparents
  • Social Media

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Why Choose Beacon House?

Beacon House Adoption Services, Inc. is a Licensed Non-profit, 501(c) (3) Adoption Agency, specializing in Domestic Infant Adoption. For more than 25 years BHAS has work diligently to serve all members of the adoption triad.  

About Beacon House
·         Established in 1989
·         More than 5,500 adoption completed
·         More than 75 years combined experience
·         Low staff turnover
·         Licensed in multiple states and regional offices.

Domestic Infant Adoption
·         No wait list policy
·         Only working with a limited of number of families at a time.
·         In-house recruitment of Birthmothers.
·         Each Birthmother assigned a caseworker responsible for seeing to her needs. Birthmothers are provided with extensive counseling.
·         Experienced staff providing for Birthmother's needs and the adoptive family's.
·         Excellent record and high success rate of placing newborns.

Why Choose Beacon House?
You want individualized, personal service combined with the resources and experience of an agency with a well-established adoption program.

We at Beacon House recognize the importance in making critical decisions regarding adoption. We offer information about the different types of adoption, suggestions for resources, questions and answers, and factors to consider when deciding which type of adoption might be right for you.  We offer a number of FREE Adoption Webinars to assist you in learning more about adoption. See:

Monday, January 12, 2015

Adoption Transition, Bringing Baby Home

Step back and consider that although you and your home have been preparing for bringing baby home, the child had no transition time - One day - there you were, and everything the baby/child was familiar with changed. So what should you do if child is having some difficulty adjusting?

The most important thing you can do is acknowledge it could take some time, and to not take it personally if your baby/child isn't as head over heels for you at first sight as you were them.

Be slow when introducing them to new things, whether people, toys, foods, etc. As you do, you will be able to better gauge the child's personality and temperament, and help them adapt to their new and exciting life as part of your loving family. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Letter from a Birth Mother

Dear Adoptive Parents and Birth Mother,

             At one of the most trying times in my life, when I did not know which way was up and had nowhere to turn, the staff at Beacon House Adoption Services was there for me with an attentive ear and an open heart. Soon my unborn child and I were content knowing that these wonderful ladies were looking out for us and paving our way to a wonderful future.         
Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would find myself in the position of having to choose between my own personal feelings and the welfare of a newly formed life. Now as I look back I know that I made the right decision by allowing Beacon House to place this wonderful baby with an adoptive family sent from God. 

Sincerely Yours, Danielle

Friday, January 2, 2015

Make 2015 a year to remember!

It is no coincidence that many families choose to begin their adoption process after the New Year. After all, it is often seen as a time of renewal- or a time for a new beginning. In 2015, we will have families who become first time parents. Others will build their families through adoption and some will start the process. Families may find the child of their dreams down the street in Baton Rouge or fly halfway around the world and back.

Our babies may be African American, Caucasian, Latino, Asian, or Multi- racial, but at the end of the day, it does not really matter because we love them for who they are, and the joy that they bring to our lives. It is because of our children that the holiday lights sparkled a bit brighter, and that the “stockings were hung by the chimney with care”. Some consider our children lucky, but we know that we are the lucky ones, the ones whose lives have been blessed through adoption.

Make 2015 a year to remember!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Making a Christmas Tradition

This is one of my favorite Holiday traditions !

A New Take on a Russian Tradition 
A favorite Russian Christmas Eve Traditions is  “ The Holy Supper." The family gathers around the table to honor the coming Christ Child. A white table-cloth, symbolic of Christ's swaddling clothes, covers the Table. Hay is brought in as a reminder of the poverty of the stable  where Jesus was born. 

A tall white candle is placed in the center of the Table, symbolizing Christ as "the Light of the World." A large round loaf of Lenten bread, "pagach," symbolic of Christ the Bread of Life, is placed next to the Candle. For our take on this Russian tradition, we have a gold tray in the center of our dining room table, on it is a white cloth doily, a single candle stick with a white candle and a miniature bale of hay. 

This is just one example of the many ways you can incorporate your child’s heritage and your own to create your own family tradition. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Our Children's Heritage

 Ever since the adoption of our first child from Russia, we've tried to incorporate our children's heritage into our daily lives after all, we are no longer a German, Irish, Cherokee, American family. We are Russian by virtue of adoption.

  We celebrate Russian Holidays and Christmas Eve Traditions. Sometimes we make it up as we go along. Like when we combined Russian name day and Adoption day. My famous Snowball Cookies have been are renamed Russian Tea Cakes. (they were virtually the same cookie anyway)

  We make future plans to visit Russia and talk about all the places we want to go to. My ballerina needs to see the Bolshoi and my son wants to visit St. Basils Cathedral to see if it actually looks like the street vendors oil painting which hangs proudly in his room.

 We have read all the books about Russia; Eyewitness Russia, Eloise in Moscow, Count to 10 in Russian, Boyra and the Burps, and of course my favorites Anna Karenina and  Dr Zhivago.  We have Language CD’s and Berlitz dictionaries, count to 10 in Russian, and name all the table setting. We say Spasibo for Thank You and Nyet for No.

   We've seen performances by the Moiseyev Ballet at the Performing Arts Center and my daughter has been an authentic Russian dancing the part in the Greenville Ballet’s Nutcracker, and Coppellia. And we've seen the Russian National Theater and the Moscow Circus. 

  So now our life is a balancing act, or a dance if you will. Sometime it leaves your head spinning and other times you have to take a step backwards before you can move forward. Who knows where it might lead?  Maybe one of our children will end up on dancing with the Stars!

The Greenville Ballet