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As in a court case, the process of mediation provides a method of conflict resolution. However, it is much more informal and does …
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I've recently read the reviews from Diana/DeeDee and Lynn. It appears that they are taking every avenue possible to slander Kirsh & Kirsh. To say that you were coerced is a very serious charge. Coersion is defined as: "the practice of compelling a person or manipulating them to behave in an involuntary way (whether through action or inaction) by use of threats, intimidation, trickery, or some other form of pressure or force. These are used as leverage, to force the victim to act in the desired way. Coercion may involve the actual infliction of physical pain/injury or psychological harm in order to enhance the credibility of a threat. The threat of further harm may then lead to the cooperation or obedience of the person being coerced. Torture is one of the most extreme examples of coercion i.e. severe pain is inflicted on victims until they give interrogators the desired information." Whether you are stating that Kirsh or your parents, or some other person coerced you to make an adoption plan is an extreme accusation. I understand that you have regrets, but it's time you take responsibility for "your" decision and not blame other people. That is the only way you will move toward healing.Our agency has provided professional counseling services, including options counseling, to expectant women/couples and birth parents for well over a decade. K&K refer women and couples to us and we provide counseling and social services to the majority of women who are connected with prospective adoptive parents through their practice. Steve & Joel encourage all women to seek pre/post-placement counseling. They even have them review and sign a form titled "Why Counseling is Important." Women have the right to refuse counseling, but counseling is always available to every woman at no cost to her.I've personally been with Steve & Joel during hundreds of consent signings. I know the mantra well. They review all of their rights with them (including making sure this is their voluntary decision), clearly tell them they are under no obligation to proceed at this time and that they have the right to parent this child if they choose. They explain the permanence of adoption and Indiana law related to consents. They encourage them to "only sign" if they understand and are ready to proceed. We have walked out of many consent signings because the woman needed more time or chose not to proceed. That is their right and Steve and Joel wish them well.The women we have worked with over the years respect and admire Steve and Joel. Women often tell me that Steve & Joel treat them with respect and compassion. They laugh at how many times Steve and Joel remind them that "they are under no obligation to proceed." Because of this I find it hard to reconcile Diana/DeeDee's recounting of her story with who I know them to be as professionals, and as men.
We had the pleasure of working with Kirsh and Kirsh to adopt our son Aidan. As one can imagine, the process of adopting a child can be an emotional and stressful experience. However, I cannot think of anyone I would rather have guiding me through the process than Steve and Joel Kirsh and the staff at their firm. When we had questions there was always someone available to take our call and provide answers. And, if something had to be researched or looked into they always got back to us in a timely manner. They were not only accessible, but also approachable. (I really appreciated that as I got closer to our son’s expected arrival date they were very patient with my neurotic-first-time-mother questions and reassured me that everything would be okay!) While they were very encouraging throughout the process they were also very honest and explained possibilities to us so we could be prepared in case we hit any bumps along the road. In addition to being there for us, the Kirshes were also a comfort to our birthmother whom we were matched with using the Kirsh Directed Approach. Our birthmother is a phenomenal young woman and we are so grateful that we were able to match with her. The fact that Kirsh and Kirsh did all the work to find her through the Directed approach took that stress off of our plate so that we could focus on preparing to become parents. And, although they always made it clear that the firm represented us, they answered any of our birthmother’s questions so that she had the information she needed to continue with her adoption plan. I know that she appreciated having a resource to call on and I was grateful that she didn’t feel alone during what was a very emotional and difficult time for her.From helping us get our approval process started, to editing our birthmother letter, to finding the most wonderful birthmother and son, to celebrating with us on Adoption Day, I cannot think of a more qualified or more caring team of individuals to guide you through the adoption process. Because of our wonderful experience with Kirsh and Kirsh, I highly recommend them as THE firm to call when beginning the adoption process, whether you live in Indiana or not!
I wish we had found Kirsh when we started our adoption journey. When we started, we did not know anyone that had completed a successful domestic adoption in the last 5 years. We tried a less expensive agency, but it was not a good fit. Kirsh did a really good job of talking us through match situations and helping us assess risk. After a painful failure with a different agency, we felt Kirsh and Kirsh was our bright light in the dark forest of adoption. We knew this firm was knowledgeable, responsive, and committed to helping us with our goal of having a family. They were always looking out for our best interests. They are true professionals, and you do not always get that with the bargain priced agencies. We strongly recommend Kirsh!Thanks to Kirsh, we have been blessed with a child. If we decide to expand our family again, we will only trust Kirsh and Kirsh with that task. They were so very kind to us through the whole process. Our initial talk was with Joel. We liked him from the start. This firm is comprised of mostly family, and that definitely made a difference. They work together! If someone is out of the office, someone else is happy to help you. Steve has responded to email from us on the weekend. Emley, who worked our match that brought us our child, is truly one of heaven's angels.When we were finally parents, I honestly think they were almost as happy for us as some of our close friends! I cannot say enough positive things about this firm.
After having a bad situation with a less professional agency, I would recommend Kirsh to everyone! They are professional and caring. They keep you informed about your adoption and what is happening in their group. They call you and response to email. Every time you speak with them, they make you feel hopeful. They treat everyone will fairness. They understand birth mom feelings and adoptive family feelings. They walk you through the process before you sign up. They make sure you understand what this is all about. They help write your birth mother letter with wonderful tips. You can tell they know what they are doing. They have the experience to get you a baby! After having been successfully matched and taken home our baby through Kirsh & Kirsh, I would like to write another review of their practice. The people that work for Kirsh & Kirsh are truly special. They understand that they are changing lives for the adoptive family, the brave birth mother, and most importantly the child. They have a deep love for adoption. When we met everyone in their office with our new baby, it was like one big happy family. Of course most of their staff are related. They were so excited for us. It is a good feeling having that family surrounding you in the mountain top experience you are having with your new baby. I cannot say enough that Kirsh & Kirsh would be an outstanding choice for you to grow your family!
I see that there is only one star for Hensley! I totally disagree at this point! My hearing date is July 25th 2013. They have been nothing but awesome with me. I don't call for every little thing, unless its been on my mind for a week, then I'll call. They are very busy people and cannot answer each and every little call/question. They keep me VERY informed! I've just been sitting back with patience and Our great Lord on my side. They have never been rude to me, I'm sorry to those who experienced those cases. I gave them 5 stars for a reason. They have done ALL the work for me from day one! Including, but not limited to, coming to my home in the beginning to be one on one. My next step is to meet with my attorney (no names) face to face to go over everything before I see my judge. Just a great business and they totally have my vote! With my ailments, I don't know what I'd do without them to help me with all of this. Hope we get some better reviews and better star vote! Good luck to everyone going through this long, blistering wait time. They ARE speeding things up as of about a month ago, using video conferencing with a judge. They took my particular case to use! I'm excited that its almost over and I thank everyone in that office that had to deal with me ;)
We had heard of Kirsh & Kirsh’s excellent reputation for years, and had met several couples that had used their services. When we made the decision to expand our family through adoption, they were our first choice. From our first initial meeting to follow up visits to show off our adopted son, the entire staff was amazing. They truly are a family run business, and you experience that from the very beginning. What can be a very emotional journey with many turns; Steve, Joel and staff were all by our sides the entire time and provided the words and encouragement we desperately needed.We have begun the adoption process again. Not only are we anxious to add to our family, we sincerely look forward to working with the entire staff once again. We know we are in good hands and they are always looking out for our best interests. The level of experience and professionalism is bar none. Contacting Steve and Joel Kirsh was one of the best decisions we ever made, and will most likely be yours as well.
We are so thankful for the amazing work that Dr Tahiri did for our little daughter. She was born with Pierre Robin Sequence at our local hospital and then transferred to Riley Hospita.At Riley Dr Tahiri was one of the first professionals we meet and he was confident and knowledgeable about our girl's condition. As soon as he walked in the room, he described to us her condition and treatment and what we should expect from it, he even gave us an approximated of how long she would stay there and he was right. Thanks to him, we felt positive because he was able to make us feel like we were in the right place with the right professionals. There are not enough words to describe how thankful we are to have him as our surgeon and be able to provided a better quality of life to our little girl. He is an upstanding surgeon with a good attitude and those types of doctors that you are able to feel comfortable to ask any questions and be able to trust his judgment without a doubt.
Dr. Tahiri made us feel at ease from the moment we met him! He did an absolutely amazing job on my son's unilateral cleft lip. Those who know our story are in awe when seeing the results after just 4 1/2 months...and those whom we just meet usually have no idea our son even had a cleft lip.It's a scary thing to have your infant go through a surgery so young and Dr. Tahiri took great care of both our son and also paid special attention to us! We had multiple appointments leading up to the surgery to make sure all our questions were answered and he took the time with us - never making us feel rushed.His explanations & professional attitude are on-point and he has a sense of ease about him that makes you feel taken care of. His work speaks for itself when seeing before & after pictures. He is a genuine individual who truly cares about making the future bright for all those who are cleft affected.
Dr. Tahiri is amazing. We can't say enough good things about him. He is knowledgeable about his craft and truly prides himself in his work, and he cares about it because he is changing the lives of children for the better. He is, by far the most personable surgeon we have met in our years of multiple surgeons, and our 2 year old son likes and trust him despite having been through multiple surgeries with him. Dr. Tahiri takes the time to thoroughly explain things to the family and sincerely values the concerns and opinions of others involved. He has also taken the time to personally call me to answer questions I had as well as filling out extra paperwork when I was applying for a grant. We hope we never have to use another craniofacial surgeon. Dr. Tahiri is, in my opinion, the best there is!
We originally started the adoption process with another agency approximately 3.5 years ago and were unsuccessful. After this heartbreaking experience, we decided to retain Kirsh & Kirsh for several reasons. First, was due to their excellent reputation. Second, was because our friends had been successfully placed with children through Kirsh and Kirsh. Finally, after meeting with Steve and Joel, we knew we too would be able to successfully form a family with their assistance.We retained Kirsh and Kirsh in September of 2012 and were successfully matched with our healthy baby girl in February of 2013. Everyone in the Kirsh and Kirsh family is so amazing. They are true professionals and experts in this field.The only regret we have is that we did not retain Kirsh & Kirsh sooner!
Physicians and surgeons help to keep people - from infants to the elderly - as healthy as possible. These individuals provide diagnoses and treatments for a wide variety of ailments, and preventative care and early detection for more serious illnesses. Whether you love or hate going to the doctor, the fact is your physician is there to listen to your health concerns, take preventative measures against diseases and advise you on your options for staying in tip-top shape.
In 2013, there were more than 1 million doctors of medicine in the U.S., over 854,000 of which were active. Additionally, in 2012, there were about 18,000 active general surgeons in the country. It's important to know which type of physician or surgeon you need, how to choose the best one, and account for other considerations in order to stay healthy.
Patients can choose from a wide variety of physicians depending on doctor specialty and what problems they are experiencing. Here are a few of the most common types of physicians that you may see in your lifetime:
Your GP is the doctor that you go to for regular checkups, vaccines and to identify health issues. GPs can treat many different illnesses and injuries, from the common cold to a broken arm. If your health requires a second opinion or expert care, the GP will refer you to a specialist who has the skills to focus in on the issue.
Heart attacks and heart disease are some of the most common afflictions seen across the country, making cardiologists important to your long-term health. These physicians specialize in studying and treating the heart and related diseases.
Other than a GP, the dentist is likely the most common physician you'll ever see. These professionals work with the human mouth, ensuring that your teeth and gum health are up to par. Patients typically go to the dentist twice a year.
Dermatologists are focused on skin-related issues and diseases, from skin cancers, to acute acne, eczema, psoriasis, and general cosmetic concerns like aging and scars. Most will also perform annual or semi-annual mole checks to screen for any signs of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
If you have a number of sinus infections or have had your tonsils taken out, you've likely seen an ENT specialist. ENTs handle ailments related to the ear, nose and throat, often related to taking out tonsils and treating hearing issues.
For many women, their gynecologist and obstetrician are the same person. These professionals work with the female reproductive system to focus on reproductive health, fertility issues, prenatal care, options for new and expectant mothers, neonatal care and childbirth. OB/GYNs can also help in the early detection of breast or cervical cancer.
There are obviously a number of physicians that you can choose from, but how do you know if they're the best choice for you? Here are a few considerations to help you pick a physician:
Look at Your Insurance
Before you get down to the details, you need to verify which doctors are covered by your insurance and whether they are in or out of your carrier's network. Rates may be cheaper if the doc is in network – a doctor can be covered by your insurance but not necessarily in network. Out of network is typically more expensive. Doctors often add and drop plans, so it's important to ensure that your options are compatible with your insurance plan. Doing your homework will help you avoid unexpected expenses.
Check for Board Certification
Your physician should be certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties. Doctors must earn a medical degree from a qualified school, complete three to seven years of residency training, be licensed by a state medical board and pass one or more ABMS exams to be certified.
Examine the Reviews
Reviews of a doctor can reveal a lot about what your experience may be like. People may grade on staff friendliness, availability and effectiveness of treatment. Looking at these evaluations and getting recommendations from family and friends can direct you toward a physician for your needs.
Surgeons can literally hold your life in their hands, and it's important to find the best one that can put you at ease and treat you effectively
You need to feel comfortable with your surgeon. It's important to communicate your concerns and that your surgeon can respond adequately. Surgeons should be willing to go over the details of your procedure and answer any questions that you may have. They must take the time to discuss and address your worries.
If you're going in for surgery, you want someone that knows what they're doing and has a high success rate. Ask how often the surgeon performs this surgery and try to find one that regularly does it. This will give you peace of mind that you're in capable hands.
Your decision on a physician or surgeon can be majorly affected by the insurance plan you have. You may have insurance through employment, your spouse, your parents if you're under 26, or the marketplace if the previous options don't apply to you. It's important to understand how your insurance works to have the full picture of what you'll need to pay for.
Your insurance will have a deductible, which is the amount that you're responsible to pay for covered medical expenses. Some plans have coinsurances, where you must pay a certain percentage of the bill, and insurance will cover the rest. Co-pays state a flat rate for certain services, like paying $20 when you visit your GP or a $100 co-pay for an emergency room visit. Once you reach your out-of-pocket maximum, which will differ if you're an individual or within a family plan, your insurance may pay for 100 percent of covered medical expenses for the rest of the plan year.
If you plan to go to the doctor, need medication or have been recommended for surgery, call your insurance provider or go online to see what your plan covers. You can choose the best doctor for your needs, understand your options and prevent yourself from being blindsided by medical expenses.
Most doctors require a phone call for an appointment, although some may provide online scheduling as well. Be sure to have your insurance card with you when you set an appointment, and to bring it with you to the actual appointment. They need the ID numbers to verify your coverage, and will usually make a copy of the card for their files so you don't have to show it again unless your insurance changes.
When you call, let them know if you're a new patient, as this will require you to complete some paperwork for your first visit. Tell them the reason for your visit, such as your symptoms if you're feeling sick. It's also important to inform them if you have Medicaid and to find out if you need to bring anything to the visit, like current medications or medical records.
From here, the receptionist will likely ask what dates and times work best for you. During your call, it's important to be honest about your symptoms and the reason for your visit. This information will help the doctor treat you and give him or her an idea of what to expect. Your appointment may progress faster as a result, and the doctor can come prepared with a list of options to better care for you.
Doctors see a number of patients in a day, sometimes in 15-minute increments in areas where the physicians are in high demand. This can leave little time for doctors to perform thorough examinations, and they can end up missing certain problem indicators. While some problems, like a cold or flu, can be diagnosed in this time, more complex ailments require attention, which takes up time. Reviews can illuminate which doctors actively spend the necessary time with their patients and which ones are pressed against the clock to meet demand.
Surgery has some more dire risks attached to it, so be sure to talk to your surgeon about the potential issues that can come up as a result of your procedure. If a patient has a reaction to anesthesia, it can cause very serious complications, but this is an uncommon occurrence. Blood clots can be a significant problem after surgery, often caused by inactivity during recovery. Infections, numbness, scarring, swelling and death are all possible, but the likelihood of these issues will vary depending on the type of surgery you're undergoing. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and your risk potential.
Surgery affects people in different ways, but as you begin to emerge from anesthesia, you'll want to alert your nurse to any issues you may have. The nurse will tell you how the procedure went, what effect it will have on your condition, what to expect when you get home and how long it will take to get back to normal. If you start feeling pain, the nurse may give you medication to stop it from getting worse. When possible, it's also advised to move around to avoid blood clots from developing in your legs. This can be as simple as occasionally flexing your knee or rotating your foot.
Some surgeries are outpatient procedures, where people are released the same day. For major surgeries, patients may stay at the hospital for a few days to be monitored and address any concerns before being sent home. Discuss with your surgeon the projected length of the hospital stay and what you need to bring.
Your recovery time and follow-up expectations will vary depending on your procedure. For example, you can be expected to be on your feet within a few days of having your wisdom teeth taken out, but it may be weeks before you have fully recovered from a broken foot or heart-valve surgery. Your surgeon will give you a list of things that you'll need to do during this time, including what medications to take and when you'll be able to get back to work and other activities.
Every surgery will have a follow-up call or appointment to discuss your recovery and allow you to ask any questions about unusual symptoms or changes in your overall health. If you have a major operation, like heart surgery, it's important to make regular checkups with your doctor or a specialist to ensure that everything is normal. Visiting a doctor will help deter infection and verify that everything is healing as expected. These appointments will give you peace of mind about your state of health and ensure that any issues are caught early on.