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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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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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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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On the Safe Side

After months of waiting, you finally get "the call." But is your home really ready for a baby?

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Building a relationship with a birth mother

“Intimate Strangers”

She was going to have a child but couldn’t keep it, I wanted a child desperately but couldn’t have one. She was the mother at birth; I was the mother right after. It sounds simple, but it wasn’t.

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Welcome Home

A woman holds her newly adopted baby.

Surprising Post-Adoption Emotions

When you finally bring your child home, yes, you will feel elated. But many new adoptive moms and dads are surprised by the complex emotions that can sit on the outskirts of that joy — from lingering sadness about infertility to echoes of failed matches to becoming a parent literally overnight.

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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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A woman holds her newly adopted baby.

Surprising Post-Adoption Emotions

When you finally bring your child home, yes, you will feel elated. But many new adoptive moms and dads are surprised by the complex emotions that can sit on the outskirts of that joy — from lingering sadness about infertility to echoes of failed matches to becoming a parent literally overnight.

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A new adoptive sibling may change the family dynamic

When the New Brother or Sister Is Not a Baby

When a sibling arrives at an older age or with emotional challenges, everyone will benefit from realistic expectations — and patience.

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Foster Adoption

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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A new adoptive sibling may change the family dynamic

When the New Brother or Sister Is Not a Baby

When a sibling arrives at an older age or with emotional challenges, everyone will benefit from realistic expectations — and patience.

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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

A family in an open adoption talks to birth parents on the phone

A Meeting of the Open Minds

Two adoptive moms and a birth mother candidly discuss the adoption match, birth siblings, contact agreements, and more.

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Her daughter's birth family joined her in the hospital

“Welcomed By Our Daughter’s Birth Family”

I asked my family not to come to the hospital when she was born, then mourned their absence. Enter her birth relatives.

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Frank was nourished through adoptive breastfeeding

“How I Was (Sort of) Able to Breastfeed”

If breastfeeding had been easy in the past, adoptive breastfeeding couldn't be so different, or less rewarding, could it? More or less.

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International

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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One father describes his family's adoption from Russia.

“Four Unforgettable Introductions”

Introductions are often fleeting. But then there are those planned meetings that you know will touch you at your core.

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One parent supplements her child's diet after adopting a malnourished child.

Nourishing Beyond Growth Charts

How to assess a newly adopted child's nutritional status and get a malnourished child's growth on track.

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Adjusting to a new sibling.

Helping Your Child Understand a New Sibling

How to prepare your child for a new sibling.

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An adoption story book example

A Tale to Treasure

Your child's adoption story is a tale you'll want to tell over and over. Why not put words (and pictures) to paper? Follow these pointers to create a personalized picture book that's guaranteed to become your child's favorite bedtime read.

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Adjusting to a new sibling.

Helping Your Child Understand a New Sibling

How to prepare your child for a new sibling.

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A mother explaining her teen's adoption story

Answering Tough Questions

As your teen's thinking becomes more sophisticated, she'll want to know more about her adoption.

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Korean couple preparing for an adoptive wedding

Meeting the In-Laws

Our Korean-born daughter is engaged to a Korean man. We're thrilled — but how do we discuss adoption with his family?

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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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