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5 Easy Tricks To Prolong The Life Of Your Grill

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Like any other household fixture, your grill needs some TLC, too – that is if you want it around for many years to come. Taking care of a grill requires more than just scraping off burnt food off the grills. Set aside some time to give it a proper cleaning from time to time and be sure you check it regularly for maintenance.

Here are 5 easy tricks to help prolong the life of your grill:

Clean it every after use

It might seem like a hassle to clean your grill after each use, especially if you grill all the time. But it’s a small step to take that will extend the life of your grill and save you a lot of money. This is also easier to do than doing a deep cleaning once in a while. Use a good grill brush to scrub the grates and make sure to get all the ash and other debris which can quickly accumulate at the bottom.

Cover it when not in use

There are times when you’ll go several days or even weeks without using your grill. If you leave it out in the yard, salt air, moisture and even chemicals may damage its exterior. That’s why it’s ideal to invest in a good grill cover. Alternatively, move your grill indoors if you have a storage area like your garage or a shed.

Take care of the grates

The grates are the most used part of the grill, that’s why they wear easily. To help extend their life, use solid vegetable shortening for protection. If you find rust, remove it immediately using sandpaper or a brush. If your grates and grids are really worn out, consider replacing them.

Regularly check for clogs

To make sure that your grill works efficiently, make it a habit to check for clogs regularly. Take out the burners and check for grease and grime build-up. Clean and unclog if necessary, and replace burners that cannot be cleaned.

Do repair work

If your grill doesn’t want to ignite, it doesn’t mean that you have to purchase a brand new grill. It might just be the electronic switch module or the ignite switch that’s malfunctioning. Take the time to repair or replace it. Call your grill’s customer service for questions if you’re having trouble with the repair.

Follow these 5 easy tricks to prolong the life of your grill!

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Multitasking is the Opposite of Focus

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If your job has anything to do with a computer, you have likely been persuaded that multitasking is the key to getting things done. You may even pride yourself on doing two or more things at once or getting more done in a day than your coworkers.

Has this ever happened to you?

* You read email while on a conference call and lose track of what is going on until someone asks you a question. “Can you repeat that?” you say, while everyone on the call realizes you were not paying attention.

* You answer email while talking on the phone to someone, and when you hang up you forget the details of what the caller wanted.

* You send an email to the wrong person or forget to attach a critical document and then leave your office, making your recipient wait for you to return to correct your mistake.

* An instant message arrives during an interview or meeting with your team and you become distracted trying to read or respond, alienating the people in your office.

We have all had one or more of those things happen to us, and we call it the price of doing business. After all, we are busy people, right?

Actually, we are busy people because we choose to be, not because we have to be. It takes no more time to prioritize your tasks and apply the necessary focus to get them done correctly than it does to multitask and correct the inevitable mistakes or misunderstandings.

No matter what you do for a living, it has importance to you and the target market you serve. Why not give your tasks the focus they deserve and yourself the mental break from switching gears all the time? Other professionals do it every day, and you can, too. You do not expect a surgeon to instant message or babysit children while she works, do you? Then why should you?

How can you transition from a life of multitasking to one of focus?

Give yourself a break. You did not start multitasking overnight, so the habit will not go away that fast. Start by giving yourself memory cues to pay attention to what you are doing.

* Carry a small marble in your pocket to remind you every time you touch it to think about what you are doing.

* Place a small picture or object on your desk to remind yourself to focus.

* Make it a habit to darken your computer screen when you pick up your phone.

* Write your to-dos on index cards the moment you think about them and put the cards aside to handle later. Then you can truly concentrate on what you are doing at that moment.

Most important, learning to focus means being present with the important people in your life. If you prioritize and focus on the main tasks in your day you will be free to enjoy family and friends after work is done. After all, they deserve your focus, too.

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Ins and Outs of Removable Data Media Recovery

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Students and working professionals need to transfer data for their projects. Family members and relatives share precious documents and photos with one another as well. As such, thumb-drives and portable USB drives have become almost a necessity. The proliferation of mobile technology has also engendered the burgeoning popularity of cameras and PDAs. Smartphones can double up as devices to store MP3, movies and also photos.

Generally, there are different types of removable media such as solid state memory; optical; and magnetic. Let’s take a look at the different types of devices.

Solid State Memory Data Media

USB thumb drives, smart media cards, memory sticks, multimedia cards, mini SD cards and xD Picture Cards all fall under the umbrella of solid state memory data media. They are extremely light but come with a large storage capacity. They are however prone to virus attacks, bad sectors as well as denying of file access. When they become kaput, dialogue boxes prompting a reformat will pop up.

Optical Data Media

These optical data media include CDs, mini CDs, DVD and magneto optical. In the past, they were used to store and back up important data. Problems such as not being able to access the data, missing directory information and blank information are common with this type of media. Strange characters or garbage display will also pop up. There are also times when the computer would freeze when trying to access the media files. As a result, the data becomes unreadable.

Magnetic Data Devices

Floppy diskettes, Iomega Zip or Jazz disks fall under these categories. Once popular and ubiquitous, they have now become increasingly rare. The devices are made up of soft data platter -right where the data is stored magnetically as bits and bytes. They are susceptible to physical damage as well as dirt contamination, which come after prolonged usage. The common problems include errors such as “disk not formatted”, “click of death” which results in inability to access the media and freezing of system.

Recovery

It is important to note that the data is recoverable. When data loss occurs, it is crucial to stop all operations on the device and do a proper ejection. Any attempts to fix the disks may cause further damage without the help of a professional. Always seek the expertise of a certified technician. He will be able to help you recover the data safely, lowering the risk of unrecoverable situation.

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Can You Really Make Money Online With Google AdSense?

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There are various ways in which you can make money online. One of the most popular options is to run Google AdSense on your website or blog. Find out more about this method and get an idea of what your profit will be given the investment which you have to put in and the earnings which you will generate.

How It Works

As its name suggests, this is a program for running ads. You have to make an application to join and program and meet a set of requirements, which include website ownership, functional design and content of good quality. Once you get approved, ads generated by Google AdSense will appear on your pages. They are typically relevant to the website’s content or relevant to the unique visitor’s search and browsing history. You will have little control over the appearance of the ads. You will get paid per click and per impressions as well. This is how you can make money online.

The Required Investment

You will have to invest in a unique domain name and in a web hosting service. These costs are fairly small, however. You can use a free platform for building your website instead of hiring a professional in order to save money.

The most important thing which you need to focus on is content and its quality. It is essential for you to produce informative and attractive content on a daily basis. It is a good idea to focus on one topic as such websites typically get higher search engine rankings. You should use all effective SEO and online marketing tools and techniques. In order to make money online with this platform, you will benefit from removing ads from other platforms.

You stand the best chances of approval if your website has over 100 unique visitors per day. This means that you will have to invest a good amount of time and effort in developing your website. If you use professional SEO and marketing services, you can get more effective results, but it will still take time to achieve them.

Potential Earnings

There is no such thing as fixed pay rate with Google AdSense. There are complex algorithms which determine the pay for each individual ad displayed. One thing to keep in mind that the commission of Google is about 32% of what the advertised company pays. Additionally, you will get able to get your money once the balance on your account goes beyond $100.

The most effective way to make money online with this ad network is to get more traffic to your website and to keep it high constantly. Hence, you need to keep investing in the development of your website.

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Love is Not Love – In Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18, Anyway

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Sonnets 18 and 116 are two of Shakespeare’s most quotable love poems. If you’re a fan of weddings, rose-petal-filled baths, or Kate Winslet in Sense and Sensibility, you’ll probably recognize the lines “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” and “Love is not love / Which alters when it alteration finds.” The problem with quotes, however, is that they lack context. Let’s do a quick line-by-line overview of Sonnets 116 and 18. You might be surprised to find that one of these so-called “love” poems is very much not like the other.

Sonnet 116

Let me not to the marriage of true minds

Admit impediments.

This is Shakespeare’s equivalent of saying “Mum’s the word” to the ol’ “Speak now or forever hold your peace” bit of the marriage ceremony. In fact, Shakespeare won’t even admit the word “impediments” to the line that talks about marriage. Love: 1; Impediments: 0.

…Love is not love

Which alters when it alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove:

In other words, he’s not one for pulling any of this “you’ve changed” crap.

O no! it is an ever-fixed mark

That looks on tempests and is never shaken;

Psh, tempests.

It is the star to every wand’ring bark,

Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.

The star to every wand’ring bark? That’d have to be the North Star, which never appears to move from its place in the Northern Hemisphere. The reason its “worth’s unknown” is because Europeans didn’t know a whole heck of a lot about stars back in Shakespeare’s day, what with still being bitter about the Earth’s roundness and all.

Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks

Within his bending sickle’s compass come:

Love: 2; Rosy Lips and Cheeks: 0. On a side note, remember that this is Shakespeare, meaning that anything a 12-year old could possibly construe as dirty probably is. Feel free to laugh, therefore, at the image of Old Father Time’s “bending” sickle.

Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,

But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

Love: 3; Edge of Doom: big ol’ goose egg. If love could speak, it’d be saying “booya” right about now.

If this be error and upon me proved,

I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Did Shakespeare just take an oath upon his own poetry? Them’s fightin’ words. If you’re not sure why, it’ll all make sense when we get to Sonnet 18.

Like Sonnet 116, Sonnet 18 is ranked high up there on Sappy Poetry lists… usually by people who go for explicit rather than implicit meaning. If you’ve ever considered including a reading of Sonnet 18 at your anniversary party, the last three or so lines will probably change your mind. (If you’re a really careful reader, the first two will do the trick.) Let’s start from the top.

Sonnet 18

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Aww, how sweet! We think… To be sure, let’s read it again – aloud. Remember to stress every second syllable, like so:

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Ah hah! Notice how “I” is emphasized but “thee” and “thou” aren’t? Sneaky. Let’s continue.

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:

Can’t argue with that.

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,

And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;

Yeah yeah, we get it – everything in nature fades. Go back to that “thou” person already.

But thy eternal summer shall not fade,

Woohoo! And the “thy” is emphasized! We knew Shakespeare would come around eventually!

Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,

We like where this is going.

Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,

Good, good. Keep it coming!

When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st;

Uh oh, we’ve got ourselves a conditional. So let’s get this straight: all that not fading, getting ugly, or dying business depends on growing in some eternal lines to time? What does that even mean? And please don’t tell us it has anything to do with the fact that Sonnets 1-17 are also known as the “procreation sonnets.” If Shakespeare’s saying that the best way to bottle up all them good looks is by creating genetic blood lines, we’re going to go ahead and turn down that second date.

So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,

Another conditional?!? Okay, okay: “so long as men can breathe, or eyes can see” is actually a decent amount of time, so we’ll let it slide.

So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

At last! – an emphasized “thee”! But hold the phone: what‘s giving thee life? Some unnamed “this”?? Is Shakespeare referring back to those eternal lines? To give him a little credit, he probably knows enough about grammar to use the pronoun “these” when talking about something plural. Dare we ask… if “this” is the sonnet itself? Might Shakespeare be suggesting that being featured in his work immortalizes you? Are those eternal lines the lines of the sonnet itself? Is the final thee only emphasized because it’s the end result of Shakespeare’s awesome, immortalizing poetry skills?

Probably. After all, being Shakespeare is like being an Elizabethan rockstar: you can bully the roadies, sleep with the groupies, trash the hotel rooms, and still be the world’s darling. And let’s face it: if you went down in history as The Bard, you’d probably swear by your own poetry too.

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USENET for the Political Season

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If you like keeping up with politics, USENET is a great place to be. Some people love a debate and, coincidentally, a lot of those same people seem to love the USENET system. The USENET system has some distinct advantages compared to Internet forums that you might want to consider if you’re into politics and if you’re following the presidential elections in the US this year in particular.

More and Less Focused

Internet forums tend to attract people who either wholeheartedly agree or passionately disagree with the overall position of the forums. For example, if you were to hop on an Internet forum that had to do with the environment, you’d likely find a rather dysfunctional mix of true believers and trolls who are constantly snapping at each other’s ankles. The USENET tends to be different.

First, there are newsgroups that are much broader in their subject matter than are most Internet forums. For example, you can go to groups such as talk.politics and enjoy conversations that aren’t limited by a forum moderator’s preferences. If you don’t like that newsgroup, you could go to soc.politics and see what they have to offer. These groups offer a broader selection of topics and debates than your average forum.

If you want very focused conversation, you could to a newsgroup such as alt.politics.usa.constitution to express your views on the founding framework of the United States. You’ll find that-particularly in this newsgroup-people on the USENET system are good at staying on topic compared to what you’ll see in Internet forums. Someone’s not going to barge into a conversation about economic policy and post a picture of their cat, for instance, which is nice for people who like to their conversations a bit more focused and intellectual.

Rarified Audience

The USENET is very popular-it’s got over 100,000 active groups on it-but it’s not as broad in its usage as is the Internet. The USENET is also set up in a way that encourages people to find the information they want by making targeted decisions about the newsgroups that they join. This creates a situation where most of the people on the USENET are subscribed to newsgroups because they want to participate in them rather than just wanting to cause trouble.

If you’re a political junkie or just a bit more interested than the average individual, USENET politics newsgroups might offer you something you’ll truly enjoy.

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4 Easy Tricks to Score 110 in TOEFL

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Scoring at least a 110 for Testing of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is not an impossible task. You simply need to start preparing early by first coming up with an effective study plan that will help you ace the test on your first try. But what exactly is the most effective way to prepare for your TOEFL? Read on for 4 easy tricks to score well for your TOEFL test.

1) Choose the best TOEFL self-help guides for you

If you are unfamiliar with TOEFL, it’s important that you start becoming familiar with the test questions and structure. The best way to achieve this is simply by practising. Although this step might sound easy, you might initially feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of TOEFL self-help guides available these days. You can choose to get self-help books, CD-ROMs and even tapes. Don’t be easily swayed by advertising or nice covers. Take some time to think about which method will best help you absorb information. For example, if you get motion sickness easily from reading books on the bus or train, you might want to consider getting tapes so you can listen to them when you are travelling from one place to the other.

2) Consider enrolling in a preparation course

Taking up a TOEFL preparation course will definitely cost a lot more than simply getting some self-help guides. However, the help given during your prep course is generally more effective and valuable. This is because you’ll have the opportunity to personally raise any doubts or questions you have regarding a particular question. However, before immediately signing up for the cheapest prep course in town, ensure that your teacher is familiar with the TOEFL test and he or she can explain answers to difficult questions in a way that you can understand. Consider asking the school for permission to observe the class before signing up.

3) Learn some strategies to save time

You will see such similar answer choices often in TOEFL:

A) to destroy

B) destroying

C) destroyed

D) was destroyed

When you see such a question, take note that 90% of the time, the answer is either B or C. Since TOEFL generally tests on active voice (-ing form) and passive voice (-ed form), when you see both -ed form and -ing form in a set of answer choices, the answer is highly likely to be one of the two.

That is only one of the many strategies you can find out either from your prep course, or from intense practices.

4) Ask yourself if it sounds right

Everyone has the ability to think in real language without using our voice. That means that we can have a conversation in our mind as if the words have real sound. Our mind reacts to this virtual sound, not to grammar rules. In other words, we will be able to tell if a certain sentence sounds right simply by thinking it out loud.

Knowing this fact will come in very handy when you are stumped by a question. Consider taking turns substituting the choices given into the sentence and see if it sounds right. If it sounds good, more often than not, you have found the correct answer.

Although employing these four simple tricks will go far in helping you get beyond 110 for your TOEFL test, keep in mind that regular practice will always remain the key factor in acing any test.

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Amazing Tips to Create Pillar Content for Your Blog

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If you are new in the blogging field then it is likely that you might not be aware of the techniques on how to write a good blog. Writing good blog is important if you want to gain traffic to your blog. For beginners having attractive blogs is important. Here are few tips that will help you in creating a good blog.

Building a pillar

• A pillar is defined as the content of the blog, it is one thing that is important and it can

• Bring traffic to your blogs as well as backlinks

• It will continue bringing traffic and they will also refer others to your blog

• It will bring traffic from search engines

• Not dependent on time so after one year it will be popular

How to create pillars?

There is not one particular formula for producing content so that it can become a pillar. But there are some key characteristics on which you can focus. You may be surprised to know that there are some articles that you can write and it can become a pillar while you might not have expected it to be. So here are some concepts on which you can focus to write pillar content

“How to” article

• Think about the niche and write an article on it. Teach people how to do something in the industry. Make sure to write an article that is easy to understand. There are the majority of the people who look for “How to” info on the internet. Here are some examples

• If you are in a marketing field then write how you can market effectively

• If you are having a pet store, then write hot to choose a breed that suits your interest the best

• If you want to write about food then how to cook popular dishes

• If you know your niche you will be able to understand how you can gain traffic to your blogs but writing “how to” articles. The relevant audience is definitely going to find it interesting. You just have to make sure that your writing is capable of making people understand. If you can tell a story then it will be a lot better thing to do on your blog.

List articles

This is one of the most popular pillar concepts and you might have seen many blogs that feature list articles. The titles for the list articles are “top 5 ways “or tips to establish” etc. these articles work quite well because

• These are easy to read and understand by the readers. These articles are writing in between 300-700 word count and there are enough bullet points, headlines that attract readers. It’s all about simplicity. List articles are very easy to write and understand. People who lack time will find these articles interesting and useful.

• These articles also provide direct actionable; lesson and people also like to share them with others.

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Increased Regulatory Scrutiny Contributes to Legal Outsourcing Boom

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Following the global financial crisis, businesses are facing increased regulatory compliance pressures. To tighten regulatory oversight in the UK, the UK government restructured financial regulation and divided the Financial Services Authority (FSA) into two regulatory bodies — the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulatory Authority. Across the pond, the US enacted the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which changed the American financial regulatory environment and almost every part of the nation’s financial services industry. In the wake of these sweeping regulatory reforms, companies in regulated industries, such as finance and healthcare, must be hyper-diligent with their compliance programs.

Today, industry regulators in the UK and US are aggressively investigating any allegations of corruption and bribery, particularly related to foreign jurisdictions. Subsequently, the number of investigations and litigations has increased significantly, and companies face heavy fines for noncompliance – and even risk criminal prosecution.

When an investigation occurs, corporate legal departments often need to provide huge amounts of information to satisfy regulator requests. The traditional ways of gathering and collating this information and reviewing it for relevance are no longer feasible. Legal departments need to have the ability to review information quickly and cost effectively, so they can respond efficiently to regulatory notices.

Law firms may not be the ideal choice to manage large volumes of information and data in a timely and cost-effective manner. Collecting and ESI processing, forensic analysis, storage, database management, hosting, and software configuration and maintenance are non-legal services that can be provided by non-legal specialists. Legal outsourcing providers (Legal Process Outsourcing) are better positioned to handle these tasks because they typically offer advanced technology and more focus on these skill sets, which are now essential for both litigation and regulatory investigations. Seasoned LPOs are geared up to provide exactly this type of predictability of costs and time lines for disclosure and can work to a fixed budget. This provides more certainty and allows clients to control costs particularly in complex investigations or litigation cases.

At the same time, the courts are mandating a wider and deeper review of electronic documents in legal proceedings as well as an explanation of what steps parties have taken to recover potentially relevant e-documents. Again, LPOs are well-equipped to provide end-to-end data management, allowing clients to confidently outsource document management and review work in regulatory matters. Some clients are even setting up panels of LPOs and requiring their external law firms to work collaboratively with these LPOs to ensure that the potential cost savings are properly and appropriately realized.

The global financial crisis has forced corporations to develop new strategies to cost-effectively and efficiently handle investigations and litigation. As more companies look to manage the associated costs and risks resulting from regulatory scrutiny, document review and e-discovery are likely to be growth areas for LPOs.

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Convenient Banking Solutions By ASB Fast Net Services

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ASB (Auckland Savings Bank) bank was started in 1847. Operational in New Zealand, it is one of the biggest banks, with branches throughout the nation. To offer convenient banking solutions, it established its Internet Banking Services (IBS) to offer following solutions to its retail and commercial customers. Once registered, you can perform all your banking transactions online at anytime from any part of the world. Fastnet classic Internet banking, suits personal as well as business banking solutions. It does not charge any joining fee or ongoing fee making it totally free to access.

  1. Providing valuable information
  2. Easy E- banking services
  3. Apply for any product online
  4. Secure Online transaction facility
  5. Check balances and statements
  6. Transfer funds and make bill payments

It also provides credit card authorization for e-merchants. The bank operates in a very secure platform. Any body can visit the bank’s official website and find valuable information there.

ASB fastnet was launched in April 1996.

The Online Services offered by ASB Online banking are:

ASB Card Pay: It is a real-time credit card payment facility used for business purposes where products are sold via internet by mail order or through a call center. Customers details are captured and are transmitted to the bank. After authorization, the fund is credited to customer’s bank account.

Payment Express: It is a Visa and MasterCard certified solution used in electronic payments from multiple access points.

Support: Provides support and assistance in protecting your account against fraudulent acts and protect confidential information. Also ensures 24-hours a day, seven days a week help desk support and back-up services.

Paystation services: It is a Paymark Certified Solutions Provider that specializes in making easy payment processing and lowering the technology entry level and cost. It supports Internet credit card payment facilities provided by New Zealand banks – ANZ, ASB, Bank of New Zealand, Kiwi bank, The National Bank and Westpac.

Voice mail service: The bank is currently using a computer telephony integration (CTI) plug-in that delivers voice mail to an e-mail inbox, and integrates calendar and directory functions.

Mobile commerce services: Customers can securely pay for goods and services from their bank account using their mobile phone.

VISA business card of ASB: It is useful in paying for business purchases and expenses.

Business saver: It is an online business deposit account used for GST, provisional tax and other business expenses.

Stream line account: Online monitoring of accounts. Only you have to ‘register in “Statement Stopper’ in FastNet Classic.

Fast saver: Fast Saver is the phone and internet, high interest savings account.

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Open Adoption: How Birthparents Choose a Family for Their Baby

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The pain of giving up a child for adoption can be lessened with open adoption. In open adoption, the birth mother can interview prospective parents and decide who the birth parents will be. The birth parent can be just a single mother or it can include the father in the decision-making. Either way, their one concern is that the baby be placed in an adoptive home where it will be well cared for and have the best chances for its future.

The tools birth parents use to evaluate prospective adoptive parents:

  • Resume
  • Photos
  • Phone Call
  • Interview

The Resume

Unlike a job resume the adoptive resume consists less of vital statistics and more of the personal attributes and view of life of the adoptive parents. In it there should be a letter, which should begin “Dear Birth Mother” and indicate why the parents are seeking adoption and their views on open adoption. It should include personal information like the type of neighborhood, hobbies, relatives, education and home life. This gives the birth mother a good idea of how committed the family is to adoption and what types of resources her child will have growing up.

Photos

As corny as the old adage is, a picture is still worth a thousand words. Close-up photos of the birth parent are important, but so too are the pictures of siblings, pets, household, neighborhood, and special occasions. Here a prospective adoptive couple can get very creative in conveying just how wonderful their life is and how they have much to offer an adopted child. The birth mother will want to be able to picture her child in the happy, loving home of its adoptive parents.

Phone Call

Before a face-to-face interview is scheduled, often a phone call is set up by the adoption agency or lawyer. This is usually a conference call and questions are sometimes scripted so that all prospective adoptive parents get the same questions. If the birth mother feels there is a potential match, she can request an interview.

Interview

The birth parent interview with the prospective parents may be held at a restaurant with the prospective parents understanding they are to pay for the meal. The counselor helping the adoption process will most likely also be there. This is the time when birth parents can assess if the family is a really good match with more in-depth questions than what were given in the phone interview.

After this entire process, there are a variety of factors a birth mother will evaluate in choosing the new parents. Many focus on education, religion, and the stability of the home. They prefer to know that their child will have a good chance at being well-educated and that the family doesn’t move around too often and the marriage is sound. She will be anxious to know their views on open adoption and how much contact they will allow her after the adoption takes place.

The deciding factor in all these communications can end up being the fact that birth parents are musically inclined, like the birth mother, or have hobbies and skills that the birth mother appreciates. It’s hard to tell what will swing the vote, but mostly both adoptive parents and birth mother can tell upon the interview if they are a good match without hesitation.

Another set of factors may be the cultural heritage of the couple or their expressed religious faith. If it closely matches the birth mother’s values, the birth mother will know her child is being raised in a similar environment to her own. Language barriers may also be a reason why a birth mother chooses close to her own culture, plus the understanding that the child will have good roots in a family that can support it, but also roots in its ethnicity and people.

There are many ways a birth parent chooses the family for her baby. It is a long and involved process but one that can bring a sense of peace to the birth mother and the joy of a new child to adoptive couples. Establishing good, honest communication during the adoption process between the birth parent and the adoptive parents is a skill they will need to continue on with a process that can last a lifetime.

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