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Register for the Adoption Costs Webinar on 9/24/15

Adoption Costs Webinar on 9/24

Register now for a Webinar on Adoption Costs on 9/24/15. Denise M. Bierly, Esq., and Sue Orban will discuss domestic, foster, and international adoption costs and funding strategies.

One mother writes a letter to her younger self about surviving infertility and moving on to adoption.

“Dear Infertility Patient”

From a woman who finally became an adoptive mother after a decade of trying, here are a few things I wish someone had told me years ago.

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Children adopted via domestic adoption are healthy and happy

The Truth About Domestic Adoption

Domestic adoption in the United States has undergone a seismic shift in the last 30 years. How long will it take for popular perceptions to catch up with the new, healthier reality?

Bonding

Bonding with a second baby isn't always easy

“Not Love at First Sight”

When I became the mother to two, and then three, I learned that you can't love all your children in the same way. But you can love them the same amount.

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Bonding with a second baby isn't always easy

“Not Love at First Sight”

When I became the mother to two, and then three, I learned that you can't love all your children in the same way. But you can love them the same amount.

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Our readers share their adoption shower stories.

Domestic Adoption Showers

When their adoption date was uncertain, our readers took the opportunity to celebrate with their children in tow. Here, they share their experiences.

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Adoptive parents share their stories naming their adopted child.

What’s in a Name? For an Adopted Child, A Lot!

For a child who joins a family with his own history, his own culture– his own name– the story's rarely rooted in the pages of a baby names book. AF readers share how they made the naming decision.

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Two happy brothers, after the adjustment period of older child adoption

Older Child Adoption — Becoming a Family

In this collection, adoptive parents share their experiences of parenting older children they've adopted and offer wisdom on that initial adjustment period.

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ADVICE & SUPPORT

Foster Adoption

Nia Vardalos shares an excerpt from her story, Instant Mom.

“Instant Mom”

Nia Vardalos describes her first meeting with the preschooler she adopted from U.S. foster care.

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Domestic

Children adopted via domestic adoption are healthy and happy

The Truth About Domestic Adoption

Domestic adoption in the United States has undergone a seismic shift in the last 30 years. How long will it take for popular perceptions to catch up with the new, healthier reality?

A family formed through adoption in the United States

Adopting from the United States

Basic facts about domestic adoption.

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International

Declining an adoption referral is a difficult choice for adoptive parents

“Our Agonizing Decision to Decline a Referral”

We thought accepting a referral would be the easy part. It wasn’t.

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Talking

Explaining pregnancy to your preschooler

Big Tummies, Big Questions

Don't let your preschooler catch you off-guard! Be prepared to talk about the birds, the bees, and adoption.

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Help your child create her own adoption lifebook.

Child-Created Lifebooks

Even if you've made a scrapbook or lifebook for your child, kids this age like to tell their own stories. Here's how to help.

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Explaining pregnancy to your preschooler

Big Tummies, Big Questions

Don't let your preschooler catch you off-guard! Be prepared to talk about the birds, the bees, and adoption.

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Children adopted via domestic adoption are healthy and happy

The Truth About Domestic Adoption

Domestic adoption in the United States has undergone a seismic shift in the last 30 years. How long will it take for popular perceptions to catch up with the new, healthier reality?

Talking about adoption to your adopted child

Telling the Tough Stuff

Here's how to tell your child the difficult facts about his adoption in positive, age-appropriate ways...and how to keep the conversation going.

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Transracial

Reverse racism can make adopted children like Emma Rose feel embarrassed

“Too Much Attention”

Why do our darker-skinned children receive attention and flattery from strangers — and what are we to do about it?

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Health & Development

Skin care is important for all children.

Healthy from Their Skin In

A dermatologist advises on caring for the skin and hair of a transracially adopted child.

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Family Dynamics

A mother who adopted after facing infertility realizes she's no longer hoping for a miracle pregnancy

“No Longer Hoping for a Miracle Pregnancy”

An imminent hysterectomy is helping me realize that I no longer want to become pregnant — I only want to be the best mother I can be to my children, who came to me through adoption.

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