Elkridge, MD (PRWEB) September 7, 2006
Despite the recent spotlight on celebrities like Angelina Jolie adopting children, many would-be parents find this method of family-building a daunting mystery. "Where do I start?" "How long does it take?" "What's a home study?" For those seeking answers, http://www.ThinkingOfAdopting.com provides an avenue for discreetly gathering information without pressure or judgment.
Unique in the world of adoption, the web site is not an agency but a link to adoptive parents and experts who offer personalized advice during live, low-cost webinars. Accessed via a conference call, the webinars allow participants to view a presentation on their computer screens, all from the privacy of home.
"You just can't get the same level of insight from emails and web postings as you can from talking with others who've been through the process," says Robin Bartko who founded the site with her husband Dennis. Inspired by their experience, the couple created the online resource after adopting their youngest son, Noah, from Samara, Russia in July 2004. Robin found that other parents, not agencies, offered the most help. "If I hadn't been blessed to meet some real experts -- adoptive parents -- who shared their stories and guided me along, I might never have known the joy of holding my son."
Designed to pass on the support she received, the site explains the process uniting families with orphaned children, estimated at over 100 million worldwide. "Too many people think about adopting, but don't get the help they need to make their dreams come true." Robin says. "My goal is to make sure you're not struggling alone so you don't give up before you start."
To address common fears many harbor, Robin hosts informal Adoption Help Sessions. Among the growing roster of experts she's invited to lead webinars are Dr. Lark Eshleman Ph.D. and Dr. Alla Gordina, MD. Dr. Eshleman, author of Becoming A Family: Promoting Healthy Attachments with Your Adopted Child, presents Promoting Healthy Attachment. Medical Aspects of International Adoption is the focus of Dr. Gordina, board-certified pediatrician and Fellow of the Academy of Pediatrics.
To learn more about adoption or register for classes, visit http://www.ThinkingOfAdopting.com or email Robin Bartko. Pre-registration is required for all webinars.
Robin Bartko (410) 916-1542
Thinking of Adopting.com
6030 Marshalee Drive, #177
Elkridge, MD 21075
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