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Adoption nonprofit encourages helping others in need

When parents are unable to have their own biological children, they often turn to adoption to add to their family. Here in New Jersey, the process can be very complex, but also worthwhile. The expense can sometimes present an obstacle for some parents-to-be. One out-of-state nonprofit decided that not only did it want to help families cover adoption costs, but it made a point to encourage recipients to give back to their community. Now, one couple is that much closer to making their dreams of a family a reality.

The nonprofit, called Both Hands, helps prospective adoptive parents raise needed funds to cover adoption costs. At the same time, it helps the parents complete a service project to benefit a local widow in need. The parents create a team of volunteers to help secure sponsorship for the work being done and to complete the project. One couple raised the money for their adoption and completed an extensive amount of yard work for a woman who lost her husband to cancer last year. Thanks to their efforts, the woman can now enjoy her backyard, using a grill and gardening, which used to be activities that her husband liked.

Both Hands raised over $11 million in the last decade to help people pay for their adoptions and to care for orphans in need. It operates in 44 states and has helped over 1,000 widows and utilized over 30,000 volunteers. The couple who helped the woman with her backyard is excited that not only are they a step closer to adopting, but that they were able to give back to someone else.

This is just one example of a happy ending for a family dreaming of adoption. Though it is a wonderful gift, it is imperative that an experienced legal professional is involved in the process. This can help ensure that the adoption follows all of New Jersey's legal guidelines and give families peace of mind as they focus on their new addition.

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