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Special needs adoption can help children find loving homes

Is Special Needs Adoption Right for Your Family?

Why adopt a child with medical special needs? The answers will surprise you and touch your soul.

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A mother practices attachment parenting

To Have and to Hold: Attachment Parenting

AF looks at a hands-on parenting style that's natural for our families.

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Helping a child adopted at age nine come to terms with a lack of any baby pictures

“A Past Without Pictures”

My daughter was eight years old in the referral photo we received during the international adoption process. That's the oldest photo she will ever have of herself.

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Bonding

Defining motherhood

“How Do You Define Motherhood?”

To many people, sharing DNA and giving birth are the prerequisites to being a "real" mom. As my children's mommy, I know better.

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sleep routine

Establishing a Sleep Routine

All parents long for a peaceful bedtime routine: Read your child a story, kiss her goodnight, and don't see her again until morning. If you understand how children learn to sleep all night, you can help your child manage her sleep and security needs, as you promote her attachment to you.

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In this personal essay, one mother explains why "Gotcha Day" can be offensive for adoptees.

“Getting Rid of ‘Gotcha Day’”

What do you call the day your adoptive child came home? In this personal essay, one mother explains why "Gotcha Day" can be offensive for some adoptees.

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Defining motherhood

“How Do You Define Motherhood?”

To many people, sharing DNA and giving birth are the prerequisites to being a "real" mom. As my children's mommy, I know better.

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Disciplining an adopted child

Discipline in Older-Child Adoption

Our older child adoption expert explains what works, and what is sure to fail when disciplining your child.

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ADVICE & SUPPORT

Foster Adoption

Bonding through routines and rituals

Establishing a Routine

When it comes to easing your baby's transition to your home, consistency is key.

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A family with African American children

“Teaching My Children That Black Is Beautiful”

I tell my African-American children that they are smart and beautiful because I know that the world may tell them otherwise.

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Domestic

A mother practices attachment parenting

To Have and to Hold: Attachment Parenting

AF looks at a hands-on parenting style that's natural for our families.

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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?

One child brought through adoptive motherhood, one through biological motherhood

“True Love, Times Two”

I used to wonder whether my love for my son would be more intense if I'd given birth to him. Having a biological child validated the depth of my feelings the first time around.

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International

Helping a child adopted at age nine come to terms with a lack of any baby pictures

“A Past Without Pictures”

My daughter was eight years old in the referral photo we received during the international adoption process. That's the oldest photo she will ever have of herself.

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Bonding through routines and rituals

Establishing a Routine

When it comes to easing your baby's transition to your home, consistency is key.

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Learn about the adoption transition diet for your child.

The Adoption Transition Diet

Dana E. Johnson, M.D., Ph.D., on introducing new foods and addressing feeding challenges in a newly adopted child.

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Talking

Talking to your young child about adoption is crucial

Your Earliest Adoption Conversations

Not sure when — or how — to bring up adoption with your toddler or preschooler? Here's where to begin.

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Creating an adoption lifebook can help your child understand her story.

Adoption Scrapbooks Made Easy

Tips for capturing the journey leading up to your child's adoption, and the precious moments after, in scrapbook your family will cherish forever.

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Talking to your young child about adoption is crucial

Your Earliest Adoption Conversations

Not sure when — or how — to bring up adoption with your toddler or preschooler? Here's where to begin.

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Prepare your preteen for some insensitive comments about adoption

It’s All Relative!

Nothing brings out a tween's awkward side like a holiday family gathering. What can you do to help?

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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

Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: How Do We Find Role Models Who Share Our Child’s Race?

We're white and our son is black. I'm ashamed to admit that we do not have any black relatives or friends. Will it seem offensive and shallow if I try to befriend someone simply because they are black?

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Support your child's ethnic heritage

When Children Deny Their Heritage

A strong connection to role models and to others who share their ethnic background is as important now as ever.

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Health & Development

Family Dynamics

A cartoon of a perfect family

“Redefining Perfect”

After giving birth to a boy and a girl, I had what other people defined as a "million dollar family." Adoption only enhanced our lives, not make it less perfect.

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School

Peers & Friendships

Modern Families

Single parenting can be rewarding

The Daddy Question

How you respond to questions about your "single parent" status depends on who's asking...

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Holidays & Celebrations

Individuation in Adopted Preteens

Mortifying Moms

You used to be the coolest mom on the block–at least in the mind of your kid. Now she rolls her eyes at everything you do. What's up?

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