Friday, May 22, 2015

When do I Call the Pediatrician?

   As a new parent, trying to determine whether your child is sick (or sick enough) and whether you should contact the pediatrician can be tricky. Always follow the physicians advise and when in doubt seek help. Reasons to call the pediatrician or other health-care resources may include:

·         Your child looks and acts sick.
·         Your child has a fever of 103 degrees or higher. (Follow your pediatrician’s recommendation. A lower fever and lethargic child could also warrant a call to the pediatrician. When in doubt, make the call.)
·         Your child has a rapidly rising temperature.
·         Your child will not eat or drink.
·         Your child has dry skin, a dry sticky mouth, no tears, or infrequent wetting. These may be signs of dehydration.
·         Your child vomits after falling or other injury.
·         You are worried about your child’s illness.
·         Your child is very sleepy, restless, fussy, or shows other changes in behavior.
·         Your child has had several episodes of diarrhea and/or vomiting.
·         Your child experiences severe diarrhea while on medication.
·         There is blood or mucus in the diarrhea.
·         Your child has difficulty breathing
·         Your child has a cold that is worsening or accompanied by a fever

When in Doubt, Make the CALL!!! 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Choosing A Pediatrician

Choosing a pediatrician is an important step in your child’s healthcare plan. A pediatrician will be your child’s primary physician. Select a pediatrician in advance of your baby’s arrival and schedule an initial consultation. You will want to schedule a well-baby visit for within 48 hours of arriving home with your n baby.

Your pediatrician may have to coordinate a health-care plan or refer you to a specialist, depending on your child’s needs and your insurance plan.  Here are a number of questions, to help you select a pediatrician.

·         What are the office hours?
·         What are the after-hours and weekend policies and procedures?
·         How long does it take you to drive from your home to the doctor’s office?
·         What is your general impression when you look around the office? Is it neat and clean?
·         Is the staff friendly, courteous, and helpful?
·         Does this physician meet your insurance requirements?
·         Are there other adopted patients?
·         Does the pediatrician have a positive attitude about adoption?
·         Does he or she appear willing to learn more about special needs of adopted children?
·         Are there other patients who are internationally adopted or have the same ethnic background?

In addition the American Academy of Pediatrics has a Provisional Section On Adoption.  See:

Monday, May 18, 2015

Talking to Children about Adoption

A child's feelings about adoption are complex. They effect every part of his self: personal identity, self-confidence, and their understanding of who they are, and where they came form. Understanding these thoughts, feelings, and responses can be challenging for both adoptees and adoptive parents. 
Being adopted can create many feelings of being different. Children need to understand that while adoption is wonderful, that it also involves loss and grief and that their birth parent's decision to adopt was not about them.  They need to hear their parents discuss their feelings about adoption. Children need age appropriate information about their adoption and it needs to be addressed by the adoptive family in a positive way.
Here are a few resources to help you talk with your child about adoption: 

Talking with Kids About Adoption-What your kids want to know about their adoption, and how to talk about it.

Talking With Children About Adoption-Talking about adoption with your child can be daunting. Here, advice on what to say and when to say it.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Bithmothers and Mother's Day

Regardless of what type of adoption you are in: international or domestic, as adoptive mother’s our lives are forever entangled with our children’s birthmothers. Your child’s birthmother made a difficult choice that has given you a child to love forever. Without her, many of us would not be mothers.  I am humbled and at the strength of these courageous women who gave their child the gift of life knowing that they could not parent their child.

Mother's Day can be a difficult day for birthmothers. While celebrating your own motherhood on May 10, take a moment to show your child’s birthmother that you remember her: Light a candle, say a prayer, send her a note, and if your children are old enough to participate include them in the process.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Beacon House Team Tennis Challenge

Beacon House Team Tennis Challenge - September 25, 3015 to September 27, 2015

Tournament Details
Exciting! The Beacon House Annual Team Tennis Challenge is coming early this year! September is the month, with great weather for tennis. We invite any local businesses to be a part of this event by being a sponsor.

Beacon House has provided professional and caring adoption services to birth and adopting parents for over 25 years, since 1989. The past two years we have had terrific support from players and the community and we hope that this year will be successful again. Aside from helping young women who consider adoption, funding the Infant Adoption Initiative and providing support for food banks in the area and children in orphanages, our newest goal is to build or purchase a small residence where women in crisis can stay for a short period to help them off the street. We hope this year’s tournament will help to raise funds toward this goal.

The Tournament
The tournament is a team tennis challenge made of three doubles pairs. We will have a men’s and women’s divisions with 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.0+ open levels. [Open levels will be doubles pairs, not team format.] When filling out the entry form, it is necessary to fill out and pay for six players. If you don’t have all the players committed for your team yet but you want to register and take advantage of our early bird special as well as guarantee your team a place in the tournament, you can pay for six players and list some as "unknown".

The tournament is a GBRCTA Community Cup Series Tournament.
Highland Road Tennis Center with satellite courts as needed
Round Robin
Entry fee:
$65.00 per player until August 15, 2015
$75.00 per player after August 15, 2015

Tournament registration for players includes:
Minimum of three matches (weather permitting/default count as a match)
Breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday
Dinner Friday evening
Players Party Saturday night
Beverages provided
Beer all weekend (at Highland Road location only)
Player's gift for first 200 entries
T-shirt for players
Prizes for 1st and 2nd place team in each division

Registration From

Monday, May 4, 2015

Birthparent Support

Most Women choose adoption because they want, what they believe is the best option for their child. For most, this is a heart wrenching decision. At Beacon House we respect the choices made by birth families and work diligently to support these choices throughout the adoption process.

BHAS’s Domestic Adoption Program is a full service process that you from the start of an adoption to its completion; including finalization services, emotional support, birth mother outreach, and all services involved in completing a legal adoption. These include:

·         Housing in safe and secure locations
·         Financial Assistance: May include living, housing and pre-natal medical assistance
·         Professional staff: to assist you with your placement needs
·         Maintaining Confidentiality
·         Counseling for Birthparents:  Birth Mothers undergo extensive counseling sessions with one of our Social Workers prior to making an adoption plan, before  placement,  and anywhere in between.
·         Personal Caregivers:  to help you all you needs:  transportation, emergencies, etc.
·         24/7 Support : Birth Mothers have personal access to our Domestic Adoption Coordinator, or another member of our staff 24 hours daily, 7 days a week.
·         Post-Adoption Support
·         Semi-Open or Closed Adoptions
·         African American Adoptions 

While Adoption has many benefits for you and your child, making an adoption plan for your child is not an easy choice. It is not a decision to be entered into lightly. It requires time and understanding your options. Deciding what to do about your pregnancy is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.  Beacon House’s Adoption Coordinator will explain the adoption process and are here to help you any way they can. Call 1-888-987-6300.