A woman who is considering adoption for her unborn baby may have no idea how to begin the search for suitable parents. Working with an adoption agency is one way to approach the dilemma, but there are other options.
If you are in your 20s or 30s, you may not give much thought to estate planning. For one thing, you may think your assets are not sufficient to make up the framework of an "estate." For another, old age -- even middle age -- probably seems like forever into the future, so there is plenty of time to consider planning for your retirement years.
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There was a time when open adoption only meant that the biological parents knew the name and location of their child once he or she was adopted, but nothing more. However, the meaning has changed in recent years. For the most part, international adoptions are still closed, but here in the U.S., open adoptions, where there is interaction between all parties, has become increasingly common.