The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and Its Vital Role in Adoption

At HFS, we understand the immense joy and responsibility that comes with adoption. Every child deserves a loving, stable, and nurturing home. When it comes to adopting Native American children, the legal landscape is governed by the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). In this article, we’ll discuss why ICWA is crucial in ensuring that the best interests of these children are upheld and how it shapes the adoption process.

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HFS 2023 Circle of Hope

Thank you to all who attended the Circle of Hope celebration on Thursday, May 4th , at the Oakmont Country Club in Glendale. The event began at 6pm with guests greeted by volunteer and HFS adoptee Viki Battaglia and her daughter Phyllis.  Attendees then circulated at the lobby bar or proceeded into the Bistro Room…

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Thank you to our Paddle Raise Donors!

The special Paddle Raise opportunity, held during the 2023 Circle of Hope event at the Oakmont Country Club on May 4th, benefitted one of HFS’s greatest needs, which continues to be outreach to hospitals and clinics.

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Options for Non-Newborn Relinquishments

In California, the Safe Surrender law only applies to the relinquishment of a child up to three days old. If you need more time to decide whether you are ready to be a parent, or you have decided to relinquish a child who is more than three days old, there are several options available to you. This guide will help you understand what options are available for parents of children of any age.

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Safe Surrender vs. Agency Adoption: What’s the Difference?

There are important differences between surrendering a child for adoption under California’s Safe Surrender law, and working with an adoption agency like HFS to place a child for adoption. Safe Surrender: This is a process in which a parent can legally and anonymously surrender their newborn baby at a designated Safe Surrender site, which is…

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Celebrating the Sisters of Social Service

Established in Hungary in May of 1923, the Sisters of Social Service, well known for their work in nursing, midwifery, and orphanage services, came to the United States later that year and founded the Sisters of Social Service in Los Angeles in 1926.   HFS and the Sisters of Social Service (the Sisters) have a three-decade-long…

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