Support, tips and advice for parents and children in need


Talking to your kids about a school shooting (UPDATED with more resources)

This was written in response to the school shooting in Connecticut .

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Help, Resources, and Advice for Stressed Out Parents, Post Partum Depression (PPD), and PMADs

If you are feeling stressed out and feeling alone? Do you find yourself wondering if you could have post partum depression (PPD) or  a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD)? Here are a list of warning signs from the Post Partum Depression Center, as well as links to personal experiences and stories from local parents about how they deal with feelings of stress and depression.




Resources for Parents Under Stress

Parenting can be hard, especially with a limited support system. PSP can help by providing a community of neighbors who’ve been there and done that. Still, sometimes you need more than like-minded fellow parents. Many of us have times when we need professional assistance (for the good of our whole families).  If you are feeling like you need professional help, here are some resources to turn to...




Advice for after a miscarriage

 Summary of what to do for a dear friend who miscarried in her second trimester.



Adoption Advice


Friends of mine are considering adopting a child and they would like to know the right steps to take. If you have any advice and if you know a good lawyer specialized in adoption, please let me know.


* We worked with a wonderful agency in Buffalo, NY to adopt our two children. Adoption Star specializes in placing children of color
and encourages some amount of contact between birth and adoptive families. This can range from sending photos once a year to actual
visits. Part of the matching process is based on the comfort level in this regard.

* We had a wonderful experience with a private adoption. We used an adoption attorney by the name of Laurie Goldheim located in Nanuet NY # 854-624-272. This was several years ago, but we still keep in touch with her intermittently.

* Spence-Chapin is probably the best place to start. They do both domestic and international adoptions. I don't know of attorneys off the top of my head--I only know of some who handle adoptions once there is an identified child. You can also refer the woman to Patricia Mendell-she is a therapist who specializes in fertility issues and adoption. Her office # is 718-230-9383. She's an excellent resource.

I highly recommend the following adoption lawyers located on long island:

Greenberg & Greenberg
3 Sierks Lane
Roslyn Harbor NY 11576