Adopting.org is provided free of charge to you (unless otherwise indicated), by Adoption Media, LLC and its subsidiaries and affiliates that utilize these Terms of Service ("Adopting.org"). Adopting.org includes all websites, print publications or electronic publications owned, produced or operated by Adoption Media, LLC, including all information, content, products and services provided through those websites and publications. All individuals who use Adopting.org agree to the following "Terms of Service". All protection provided to Adopting.org is also provided to the sponsors, advertisers, affiliates, officers, employees, owners, volunteers, moderators, and board of director members of Adoption Media, LLC.
Although portions of Adopting.org may be viewed simply by visiting the web site, in order to access the message boards and/or receive additional services from Adopting.org you need to sign on as a guest or register as a member of Adopting.org. If you sign on to Adopting.org as a guest, these Terms of Service will govern your use of Adopting.org, including access to message boards and other features. If you register as a member of Adopting.org, these Terms of Service will govern your use of Adopting.org, including access to message boards, chat rooms, the e-mail account and personal website that may be provided to you in connection with Adopting.org and other features. BY SIGNING ON TO ADOPTING.ORG AS A GUEST AND/OR COMPLETING THE REGISTRATION PROCESS AND SELECTING THE "LOG IN" OPTION, YOU ARE INDICATING YOUR AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS OF SERVICE AS SUCH TERMS MAY BE MODIFIED FROM TIME TO TIME. These Terms of Service, together with any applicable additional Terms of Service posted in connection with a particular service, product digital product, event or course govern your use of Adopting.org and all services, products, digital products events and courses provided in connection with Adopting.org, including but not limited to any course, service, product, digital product, events or personal website provided to you by Adopting.org. Adopting.org shall not be liable to you for any breach of these Terms of Service. If you do not agree to these Terms of Service, please do not register for or enter Adopting.org. The Terms of Service for your continued use of Adopting.org will be available throughout Adopting.org. Please check these areas before using Adopting.org to determine whether a change has been made to these Terms of Service. If you do not agree to these changes in the Terms of Service as they may occur, please arrange to terminate your registration with Adopting.org immediately by (i) notifying Adopting.org of your unwillingness to accept the changes to the Terms of Service; and (ii) discontinuing your use of Adopting.org. Your continued use of Adopting.org will signify your acceptance of any change in the terms and conditions set forth herein. Unauthorized access, distribution, reproduction, copying, retransmission, publication, sale, exploitation (commercial or otherwise), or any other form of transfer of any portion of Adopting.org, including but not limited to all content, services, digital products, courses, events, tools or products is hereby expressly prohibited.
From time to time Adopting.org may supplement these Terms of Service with additional terms pertaining to specific content, services, products, digital products, courses or events ("Additional Terms"), which Additional Terms may be placed on Adopting.org to be viewed in connection with the specific content, services, products, digital products, courses or events and shall be identified as such. You understand and agree that such Additional Terms are hereby incorporated by reference into these Terms of Service.
Since the beginning of Adopting.org, we have "adopted" the policy of providing current and accurate information relating to parenting, pregnancy, infertility, children, and other related issues. The information provided at Adopting.org is intended to serve as an educational supplement to your knowledge base and is in no way to be considered medical, legal or other advice. The content of this site is completely subjective and not meant to replace the role of your qualified physician or other qualified professional.
The information provided through Adopting.org should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease, for it is not a substitute for professional care from your own physician. If you think or do have a health problem, you should consult your physician or health care provider, and not depend on the information presented in this system, since individual variability exists. Therefore, Adopting.org is not liable for any mistreatment or from the use of this system.
The professionals, advertisers, and web sites who promote themselves and who are promoted at Adopting.org, especially through Adopting.org Directory listings and other advertising, are separate entities from Adopting.org, and their exposure on Adopting.org web site does not constitute endorsement or advocacy by Adopting.org. Please consult with the Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau if you wish to check the credibility of these organizations. Adopting.org will not be responsible for any damages that result from using the services or products of a professional, advertiser or web site who is promoted at Adopting.org.
Any content that you choose to put publicly on Adopting.org websites will probably be available through Internet search engines, and email addresses that you post can be gathered by spammers. Do not post your email address on Adopting.org or other public location unless you are comfortable receiving increased amounts of spam.
ParentProfiles.com is operated by Adoption Profiles, LLC, a separate business entity from Adoption Media, LLC. ParentProfiles.com is not operated by Adopting.org or Adoption Media, LLC. ParentProfiles.com simply advertises on Adopting.org websites. By visiting or using the ParentProfiles.com website, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Service.
All prospective adoptive parents in ParentProfiles.com represent to Adopting.org that their being on ParentProfiles.com does not violate any law, and that they have satisfied all pre-adoption certification requirements in their state and the state they are adopting from. It is your responsibility to consult with your local adoption attorney before joining ParentProfiles.com. Adopting.org assumes no liability for damages resulting from prospective adoptive parents being on Adopting.org web site or at ParentProfiles.com. Adopting.org recommends that any visitors to Adopting.org sites (including Adopting.org Directory) contact at least three adoption professionals before selecting an adoption professional.
Because of the free access to Adopting.org chat rooms and message boards (including but not limited to Adopting.org), Adopting.org cannot regulate the content of either of these services, and is not liable for any damages that result from messages thereon or reliance upon the messages.
All adoption professionals at Adopting.org (including AdoptionDirectory.com) represent to Adopting.org that their being on this site does not violate any laws. These professionals also represent that any hopeful adoptive parents that they refer to ParentProfiles.com, a service of Adoption Profiles, LLC have satisfied all pre-adoption certification requirements in their state. Adopting.org assumes no liability for damages resulting from an adoption-related professional being on Adopting.org web site. At no time does Adopting.org represent that any adoption professional shall have "exclusive" rights to any Adopting.org service.
Women and couples who are considering placing a child for adoption understand that Adopting.org cannot guarantee that every couple or single person at ParentProfiles.com, a service of Adoption Profiles, LLC, is qualified to adopt. Please contact the adoption agency or attorney representing the couple, get a copy of the home study, and do all other background checks necessary to ensure that these parents are qualified to adopt your child. Adopting.org assumes no liability for damages resulting from a birthmother selecting adoptive parents from ParentProfiles.com. ParentProfiles.com is not intended to be shown or used in any areas or situations where it might violate any law. Because of varying state laws, not all hopeful parents who would like to be listed on ParentProfiles.com can be listed. For example, we cannot accept people who are not legally married, people who have not completed a pre-adoption home study, or people who otherwise do not satisfy our eligibility requirements. Even though some states allow parents in these situations to adopt, others do not.
Laws regarding adoption, advertising, and the Internet vary considerably depending upon the state or the region of the state. Individual laws and interpretations of laws change frequently and it is impossible for Adopting.org to be constantly aware of the legal situation in each region of each state. Therefore, all legal resources or other resources that are predicated by state law are provided for educational purposes only. Adopting.org does not guarantee their accuracy or that using the services of Adopting.org is legal for any individual or organization in any specific area. Adopting.org urges you to consult with your local attorney before relying upon any of the legal resources provided on this web site, and/or before using the services of Adopting.org, and that you keep aware of the changes in state law in your state.
Adopting.org websites (including, but not limited to AdoptionSearch.com) provides many links to other web sites as a public service to you and it is impossible for us to constantly monitor what is on each of the sites we link to. Adopting.org is not liable for any damages that result from following any of the links provided at Adopting.org.
By submitting content (including but not limited to stories, poems, articles, photos, etc.) to Adopting.org (including but not limited to Adopting.org Library, Adopting.org Forums and the Adoption Week e-magazine) you represent that you have the right to submit this content and that you give Adopting.org the right to reprint this content on the Internet, via e-mail and in print form.
Adopting.org is not an adoption agency. Our goal is to provide quality information to anyone whose life is touched by adoption to help more children find homes and more families come together. Adopting.org does not participate in matching a specific child to specific parents for adoption. Instead, Adopting.org works to make quality adoption information available, and transfers individuals interested in adoption to agencies and attorneys to complete the adoption process. All referrals of adoption professionals by Adopting.org are provided as a community service do not constitute endorsement of the professional by Adopting.org. Adopting.org assumes no liability for any damages resulting from any referral.
Because of computer and human error, Adopting.org cannot guarantee the accuracy of any statistics or other information that is presented through the site and therefore is not liable for any resulting damages.
Adopting.org works hard to keep the web site online and functioning properly. However, there are many elements relating to routers, servers, files, programming and other errors that are beyond our control. Adopting.org assumes no liability for damages resulting from failures of the site, server, files, or programming, or damages resulting from "hackers" or "viruses", hardware failure, or other website downtime or data loss.
Adopting.org deals with a large volume of visitors, e-mail inquiries and telephone callers and provides answers to many questions as a community service. Because of the large volume of questions, many of these answers are generic in nature and may or may not apply to your specific situation or geographic area. By asking a question of Adopting.org, you agree that any counsel given by e-mail, telephone, or through the website is non-authoritative, and that you will not rely upon this information, and that you will consult with a qualified professional before making any decisions. You agree that Adopting.org assumes no liability from answering these questions, or posting this information.
If you discover someone who is not abiding by these rules, you agree that you will immediately contact us by e-mail at Admin@Adopting.org, or call 1-800-236-7843.
Adopting.org may modify these Terms of Service from time to time in its sole discretion. Each time you log on to Adopting.org, you will be deemed to have accepted any such changes. From time to time Adopting.org may modify these Terms of Service ("Modifications") or supplement these Terms of Service with additional terms pertaining to specific content or events, ("Additional Terms"), which Modifications or Additional Terms may be placed on Adopting.org websites or be viewed in connection with the specific content or events and shall be identified as such. You understand and agree that such Modifications or Additional Terms are hereby incorporated by reference into these Terms of Service. Adopting.org may modify or discontinue Adopting.org with or without notice to you and without liability to you or any third party.
Adopting.org reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to immediately, without notice to suspend or terminate (i) these Terms of Service; (ii) your registration with or ability to access Adopting.org and/or any other service provided to you by Adopting.org including any e-mail account upon any breach by you of the Terms of Service.
You alone are responsible for the content of your messages, and the consequences of any such messages. Adopting.org reserves the right to terminate your registration if it becomes aware and determines, in its sole discretion, that you are violating any of the guidelines.
Any use by you of any other subscriber's information, personal or otherwise, for any commercial purpose or to obtain direct financial gain (e.g. mass marketing) is prohibited. Any such use shall be deemed to be a violation of these Terms of Service. Adopting.org is to be used by you for your personal use only. Commercial uses of Adopting.org are strictly prohibited unless prior written consent from Adopting.org has been granted. You agree that you will not use Adopting.org for chain letters, junk mail, 'spamming,' solicitations (commercial or non-commercial) or bulk communications of any kind including but not limited to distribution lists to any person who has not given specific permission to be included in such a list.
You further agree not to use Adopting.org to send or post on message boards or any place on Adopting.org, any message or material that is unlawful, harassing, libelous, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, inaccurate, or otherwise objectionable material of any kind or nature or that encourages conduct that could constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national or international law or regulation, or encourage the use of controlled substances. Adopting.org reserves the right to delete any such material from Adopting.org. Adopting.org can cooperate fully with any law enforcement officials and/or agencies in the investigation of any person or persons who violate the Terms of Service.
You agree not to impersonate any other person or entity, whether actual or fictitious, including impersonating an employee or consultant of Adopting.org. You further agree not to use an inappropriate member name of any kind.
You agree not to post or use Adopting.org to distribute or send any illegal material of any kind, including but not limited to, illegal material in the form of text, graphics, video, programs or audio. Posting content or participating in any form of discussion with the intention to commit any illegal activity is strictly prohibited.
You acknowledge that (i) Adopting.org permits access to content that is protected by copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual and proprietary rights ("Rights"); (ii) these Rights are valid and protected in all media and technologies existing now or later developed; and (iii) except as explicitly provided otherwise, the Terms of Service and applicable copyright, trademark and other laws govern your use of such content. You may not post to Adopting.org, copy, reproduce, retransmit, distribute, publish, commercially exploit or otherwise transfer any material subject to any Rights. The burden of determining that any information, software, images or any other content on Adopting.org is not protected by Rights rests with you. You acknowledge that Adopting.org may acquire Rights to use any posted materials as described below, and that you will not acquire any of those Rights by downloading such materials.
By submitting content, which shall include your member name, to any "public area" of Adopting.org, including message boards, forums, contests and chat rooms, you grant Adopting.org and its affiliates a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right (including any moral rights) and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, communicate to the public, perform and display the content (in whole or in part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed, for the full term of any Rights that may exist in such content. You also warrant that the holder of any Rights, including moral rights in such content, has completely and effectively waived all such rights and validly and irrevocably granted to you the right to grant the license stated above. You also permit any subscriber to access, display, view, store and reproduce such content for personal use. Subject to the foregoing, the owner of such content placed on Adopting.org retains any and all Rights that may exist in such content.
ANYTHING CONTAINED HEREIN TO THE CONTRARY NOTWITHSTANDING, BY SUBMITTING CONTENT TO ANY CONTESTS ON ADOPTING.ORG, YOU HEREBY EXPRESSLY PERMIT ADOPTING.ORG TO IDENTIFY YOU AS THE CONTRIBUTOR OF SUCH CONTENT TO THE CONTEST IN ANY PUBLICATION IN ANY FORM, MEDIA OR TECHNOLOGY NOW KNOWN OR LATER DEVELOPED IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTENT, UNLESS YOU OTHERWISE NOTIFY ADOPTING.ORG IN WRITING AT THE TIME YOU SUBMIT THE CONTENT THAT YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE IDENTIFIED. THIRD PARTY SERVICES
You may order services or merchandise through Adopting.org from other persons not affiliated with Adopting.org ("Seller"). All matters concerning the merchandise and services desired from Seller, including but not limited to purchase terms, payment terms, warranties, guarantees, maintenance and delivery, are solely between you and Seller. Adopting.org makes no warranties or representations whatsoever with regard to any goods or services provided by Sellers. You will not consider Adopting.org nor will Adopting.org be construed as a party to such transactions, whether or not Adopting.org may have received some form of revenue or other remuneration in connection with the transaction or be liable for any costs or damages arising out of, either directly or indirectly, you or any other person involved or related to the transaction.
Adopting.org may include special routing icons (or links) which may be located within Adopting.org, the activation of which will allow you to access and learn more about Adopting.org and other services provided by Adopting.org or its affiliates whereby the use of such icons is free of additional charge to you. WHEN YOU ACCESS ANY OF THESE SERVICES, YOUR RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS WILL BE GOVERNED BY THE AGREEMENTS AND POLICIES RELATING TO THE USE OF THESE SERVICES. REGISTRATION AND PASSWORD
You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your Information and password. You shall be responsible for all uses of your registration, whether or not authorized by you. You agree to immediately notify Adopting.org of any unauthorized use of your registration or password.
YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT USE OF ADOPTING.ORG IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. ADOPTING.ORG IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. ADOPTING.ORG EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.
ADOPTING.ORG MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT ADOPTING.ORG WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, OR THAT ADOPTING.ORG WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR FREE; NOR DOES ADOPTING.ORG MAKE ANY WARRANTY AS TO THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF ADOPTING.ORG. ADOPTING.ORG WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, WHETHER FORSEEABLE OR NOT, WHICH MAY RESULT FROM THE UNAVAILABILITY OR MALFUNCTION OF ADOPTING.ORG.
YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT ANY MATERIAL AND/OR DATA DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF ADOPTING.ORG IS AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF SUCH MATERIAL AND/OR DATA.
YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT ADOPTING.ORG DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF ANY INFORMATION IN OR PROVIDED IN CONNECTION WITH ADOPTING.ORG. ADOPTING.ORG IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS OR FOR THE RESULTS OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF SUCH INFORMATION. THE INFORMATION IS PROVIDED WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT NEITHER ADOPTING.ORG NOR ITS MEMBERS, WHILE SUCH MEMBERS ARE PARTICIPATING IN ADOPTING.ORG, ARE ENGAGED IN RENDERING LEGAL, MEDICAL, COUNSELING OR OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES OR ADVICE. ADOPTING.ORG ENCOURAGES YOU TO SEEK APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL ADVICE OR CARE FOR ANY SITUATION OR PROBLEM WHICH YOU MAY HAVE.
ADOPTING.ORG SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED, OR ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, BY THE INFORMATION OR IDEAS CONTAINED, SUGGESTED OR REFERENCED IN THIS SERVICE AREA. YOUR PARTICIPATION IN ADOPTING.ORG IS SOLELY AT THE YOUR OWN RISK. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM ADOPTING.ORG OR THROUGH ADOPTING.ORG SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY MADE HEREIN.
ADOPTING.ORG MAKES NO WARRANTY REGARDING ANY GOODS OR SERVICES PURCHASED OR OBTAINED THROUGH ADOPTING.ORG OR ANY TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO THROUGH ADOPTING.ORG. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
ADOPTING.ORG SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, RESULTING FROM THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE ADOPTING.ORG OR FOR THE COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS AND SERVICES OR RESULTING FROM ANY GOODS OR SERVICES PURCHASED OR OBTAINED OR MESSAGES RECEIVED OR TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO THROUGH ADOPTING.ORG OR RESULTING FROM UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE, EVEN IF ADOPTING.ORG HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
You agree to indemnify and hold each of Adopting.org, their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your use of Adopting.org, the violation of these Terms of Service by you, or the infringement by you, or any other subscriber of your account, of any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity.
You agree that this Agreement and any disputes hereunder shall be governed in all respects by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Arizona, United States of America, excluding its conflict of laws rules. You agree to submit to exclusive subject matter jurisdiction, personal jurisdiction and venue of The Southeast Judicial District of the Superior Court of the Maricopa County, Arizona.
In the event that Adopting.org determines, at its sole discretion, that you have breached any portion of these Terms of Service, or have otherwise demonstrated conduct inappropriate for the community of Adopting.org, Adopting.org reserves the right to (i) warn you via e-mail that you have violated these Terms of Service; (ii) delete any content provided by you or your agent(s) to Adopting.org, (iii) delete all content provided by you to Adopting.org, (iv) discontinue your registration with Adopting.org and/or any other Adopting.org community; (v) notify and/or send content to and/or fully cooperate with the proper law enforcement authorities for further action; and/or (vi) any other action which Adopting.org deems to be appropriate.
In the event that any provision of the Terms of Service conflicts with the law under which the Terms of Service are to be construed or if any such provisions are held invalid by a court with jurisdiction over the parties to the Terms of Service, such provision will be deemed to be restated to reflect as nearly as possible the original intentions of the parties in accordance with applicable law, and the remainder of these Terms of Service will remain in full force and effect.
The failure of either party to insist upon or enforce strict performance by the other party of any provision of the Terms of Service or to exercise any right under the Terms of Service will not be construed as a waiver or relinquishment to any extent of such party's right to assert or rely upon any such provision or right in that or any other instance, rather, the same will be and remain in full force and effect.
Adopting.org may assign its rights and obligations under these Terms of Service and upon such assignment Adopting.org may be relieved of any further obligation hereunder.
You represent to Adopting.org that you have the authority to register with Adopting.org or use Adopting.org according to these Terms of Service.
Adopting.org may modify these Terms of Service from time to time in its sole discretion. Each time you log on to Adopting.org, you will be deemed to have accepted any such changes. In the event we modify these Terms of Service, we reserve the right (at Adopting.org's discretion) to provide you notice of such changes to any e-mail address you have provided to Adopting.org, or post office address you have provided to Adopting.org.
Adopting.org may modify or discontinue Adopting.org, or any portion thereof or any services, digital products, products, events or courses related thereto, with or without notice to you and without liability to you or any third party, except as otherwise provided herein.
Adopting.org reserves the right to offer third party services and products to you based on the preferences that you identify during the registration process and based on your subsequent preferences.
These Terms of Service and any Additional Terms (as such terms shall be identified when posted on Adopting.org by Adopting.org) constitute the entire understanding between the parties as to subject matter hereof, and supersede all prior agreements and understandings. Any legally unenforceable provision of these Terms of Service will, at the election of Adopting.org, be deleted or modified to correct the defect and, regardless, the remainder of the terms of these Terms of Service will remain valid and enforceable.
Neither Adopting.org, its affiliates, its sponsors, nor any other contributors take responsibility for any consequence relating directly or indirectly to any information, recommendations, advice, treatment, computer, networking, site error, human error, procedure, release of information, links to other sites, action or application of medicine or law by any person using Adopting.org web site or any other services of Adopting.org.