Pre-Adoption Agency Case Study

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LaShawnda, Elaine, and Tracy had been friends for about three years, meeting for the first time at a pre-adoption workshop sponsored by a local nonprofit adoption agency with a 75-year history of helping children in the city. They had done everything possible to be selected by the agency to adopt a child. This involved allowing social workers to conduct home studies, having their employment, driving, and court records checked, then waiting for about a year until a newborn child was available. Today the women were gathering in Elaine’s backyard, where their kids could play in the wading pool and the adults could sit in the shade and sip iced tea. The occasion was Darcie’s second birthday: she was the oldest of the three kids present, and the
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