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Mental/Physical Health Issues in Prospective Adoptive Parent

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Creating a Family

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How are mental health issues and physical disabilities or diseases in prospective adoption parents treated by adoption agencies, adoption lawyers, expectant parents, and foreign countries? Can you adopt if you are on anti-depressants? Can you adopt if you have a history of past addictions? In a wheelchair? Our guests are Ann Wrixon, Executive Director of Independent Adoption Center;  Rhonda Jarema , advocate and educator. She has been the Director of Family Support Services at Nightlight Christian Adoptions since 1998. Rhonda Jarema has worked as a social worker and advocate in the fields of international adoption and mental health for over 30 years and she's an adoptive mom. Jaclyn Smith, Program Coordinator at Children’s Connections, Inc., a domestic adoption agency. And Rebecca Hackworth, Director of Social Services, Dillon International, Inc. with over 30 years experience in international adoption.
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