Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Monday, November 23, 2015


“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.” 
Chief Sitting Bull, Sioux Indian Chief and Medicine Man, 1877

In addition to Adoption Awareness month and Thanksgiving, November is also National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.  It is celebrated to recognize the intertribal cultures and to educate the public about the heritage, history, art, and traditions of the American Indian and Alaskan Native people.

Did you know?
  • When the settlers came to America, the Cherokee Indians had cures for every disease known to them.
  • When the Trail of Tears occurred, many Cherokee Indians had assimilated to white society, some were plantation owners, owned slaves, and their sons attended West Point.
  • The Three Sisters refers to Beans, Corn and Squash.  They should be planted together, one seed of each- per hole.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Adoption - The Gift of Life

With your support, we are able to help women who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and considering adoption, aid in community initiatives that support at risk children, and move further towards our goal of purchasing a residence for in-house care of expectant parents. Donate today to help support these initiatives: 


Friday, November 13, 2015

The Teen Brain

Are your teens driving you crazy?  Do you wonder how they will make it to adulthood? Do you shake your head and wonder "What were they thinking?"  At some point it's fairly common for a large number of parents to  ask themselves these questions. Thankfully, teens brains are still growing and developing. 

The Teen Brain: It's Just Not Grown Up Yet

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Babies First Thanksgiving

Between age four to six months, babies are ready to eat solid foods. Once your baby can sit with support and has lost her extrusion reflex: the one that causes her to push out her tongue, then she can take food from a spoon.  She’ll probably start showing interest in other people’s food, making chewing and will open her mouth for a spoon.  

     Babies will start with single food purees, progress to textures and combinations, to finger foods by eight to ten months of age.  Babies making their first Thanksgiving will have a plethora of epicurean delights; pumpkin, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, turkey, squash, apples, and more. 

Tips for Introducing Foods to Baby 
  • The best time to try is when your child has just woken up from a nap and is well rested.
  • Spit happens- remember bibs are for spit up.
  • Because every child is different,always check with your child’s pediatrician before introducing new foods.
  • Give your baby your undivided attention during mealtime.
  • Use a rubber tipped spoon, or hand feed.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment, use herbs and spices
  • Babies are fickle; they may like it today, but not tomorrow.
  • Watch for cues that he is full.
  • Stick to single, first foods.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

I am Thankful

If you are a Facebook or social media user,  you may have seen that your friends have been  posting daily, something that they are thankful for. Here are a few of my favorites:  

  • I am thankful for adoption, without it we would not be a family.
  • I am thankful for my children’s birthparents; who choose life.
  • I am thankful for my son, who has the best little heart.
  • I am thankful when I talk to people about adoption and they really “get” what I mean.
  • I am thankful for patience, without it I would go crazy during the Holidays.

We at Beacon House are thankful for our families; whom we have been so blessed to be able to assist with building their family, and we are thankful for our own families who love and support us in our work. Happy Thanksgiving; from all of us at Beacon House.  

Thursday, November 5, 2015

3 Reasons Not to Adopt

Over the course of many years, we have heard many reasons why families don’t pursue an adoption. Once you get past the fear factor, the three most common ones are I’m not rich, I’m not married, and I don’t own my own home.  

You don’t have to be rich to adopt, nor do you have to have copious amounts of money in savings. All that is required is that you meet poverty guidelines and you basically make more money than you spend, meaning that you have discretionary income that can be re-allocated towards the cost of living for a child. The average income of adoptive parents is $75,000-150,000. This is where planning and budgeting is key. At Beacon House we have an Adoption Finance Coach to assist families in working towards their financial goals.
Beacon House Adoption is a single friendly adoption agency. We match children with adoptive parents based on the wishes and desires of the birthparents. This includes both single women and married couples.  The main criteria for an adoptive family, is that they are able and willing to provide a loving, nurturing environment for a child.  

In order to adopt, you are not required to own your own home. You may reside in an apartment, condominium, or rental home.  Adoptive parents must be able to provide a stable, safe environment for their child and pass an Adoption Homestudy.  

At Beacon House our Adoption Educator and Information Specialist are available to answer any questions you might have regarding adoption requirements. 

We are here to help! Call 1-888-987-6300.