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Preparing Your Fur Baby for Your New Baby

Get Your Fur Baby Ready for Human Baby Play Your pet was your first baby. Your pet is a real and important part of your family, so it’s important to prepare Fido or Tabby for the arrival of a baby.

How To Pay For Adoption

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Congratulations! You’ve been matched. Odds are that, as waiting adoptive parents, you’re looking for ways to pay for adoption, or you have already paid or incurred agency fees. Now you will have more expenses, which may include birth parent expenses,

Free DNA Testing. Apply by April 30, 2018

Free DNA Testing. Apply by April 30, 2018 Genetic testing has exploded in popularity as people try to learn more about where (and whom) they come from. Some people are just curious, but many of us want or need to

Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number (ATIN)

If you are in the process of adopting a child, you may need to consider applying for an Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number, or ATIN. This is especially important at tax time. According to the Internal Revenue Service website:   “You

Adoption Agencies and Facilitators in Wisconsin

Under Wisconsin law, it is illegal (Class H Felony) for someone to be paid to solicit, negotiate or arrange the placement of a child for adoption, unless they are a Wisconsin-licensed child welfare agency (or the Wisconsin Department of Children

Mindfulness Monday: Toddler Tips

February has the fewest days, but can feel like the longest month for even the most experienced parents. Throw in bad weather or illness to make parenting even more challenging. Those of us who have lived through many Februarys have

The Adoption Tax Credit is Safe, For Now

Happy National Adoption Month, everyone! Thanks to the hard work of the American Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys as well as countless individuals across the country who made their voices heard, The Adoption Tax Credit is no longer

How to Talk to Your Young Child About Adoption

How to Talk to Your 6 to 8 Year Old Child About Adoption At  this age,  your child is starting or continuing school. Their classmates, friends, and teachers are beginning to have an impact on their worldview and their opinion

Adoption Fundraising: Noonday Collection


Finding a way to fund your adoption journey can sometimes be impractical and difficult to manage for adoptive families, as few fundraising opportunities are known about or exist in the adoption realm. Fortunately, when there are great opportunities, we will

In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You to Know About Adoption

In On It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You to Know About Adoption

“In on it: What adoptive parents would like you to know about adoption” is a book written by an adoptive parent and is a book AOW highly recommends to those who are going through the adoption process. One grandma recently

For Birth Mothers Day, From an Adoptive Mom

Birth Mothers Day

Birth Mothers Day In honor of Birth Mothers Day on May 13, 2017, we are honored to share a blog written by an AOW adoptive mom. Read her blog    

Have a question about adoption? Adoptions of Wisconsin can help.

The staff of Adoptions of Wisconsin (AOW) welcomes your questions about adoption. Whether you are considering adoption for your baby, considering adoption as a means to build a family or are a friend or family member wanting to support someone

What is the difference between an adoption agency and an adoption facilitator?

In Wisconsin, an adoption agency is licensed by the State of Wisconsin as a “child-placing agency” and is supervised by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to insure the agency is adhering to all applicable rules, laws and administrative

What will my AOW social worker ask me during a home study?

For AOW social workers, home study interviews are a valuable opportunity to get to know the members of our outreach program and for you to get to know us. The time spent together helps us as we work together to

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