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Bonding with Baby

"We found that using massage techniques helped our child relax and eased the transition from an orphanage setting to that of a loving family."

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adoption after infertility

From Infertility to Adoption

“After four years of fertility treatments, a friend recommended that we attend an adoption seminar. My husband and I weren’t open to adoption, but we decided to go. The hour-and-a-half seminar changed our lives forever.”

healthy attachment

Into the Safety of Our Hearts from Hard Places

Years of working with at-risk adopted children have taught us powerful truths about how to forge a strong parent-child connection. When children have experienced maltreatment or neglect prior to adoption, the idea of family may be confusing to them.

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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. When will popular perceptions catch up with the new, healthier reality?

adopting from foster care

“Someone to Count On”

Four years ago, I legally became a mother. The adoption day was no less special because I had already been parenting Danielle for 15 months. On that day, I truly claimed my daughter. No one could take her away.

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Bonding with Baby

"We found that using massage techniques helped our child relax and eased the transition from an orphanage setting to that of a loving family."

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adopting a second child

“Second Child, Second Thoughts?”

"I began to understand what Bianca was going through. She wasn't sure she was ready for a baby sister yet. Was I?"

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Bonding with Baby

"We found that using massage techniques helped our child relax and eased the transition from an orphanage setting to that of a loving family."

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Healing adoption trauma through a special birthday event

“Re-Celebrating My Daughter’s First Nine Birthdays”

My daughter's tenth birthday was the first birthday party she'd ever had. Here's how and why we decided to redo all the others.

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adopting a second child

“Second Child, Second Thoughts?”

"I began to understand what Bianca was going through. She wasn't sure she was ready for a baby sister yet. Was I?"

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helping adopted children adjust

“The Dog Who Came to Stay”

"Moments after bringing our new puppy home, I understood that raising this dog would begin to create a history for our new daughter, would lodge her firmly within our family. A family pet conjures notions of family ties, of belonging."

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Foster Adoption

adopting from foster care

“Someone to Count On”

Four years ago, I legally became a mother. The adoption day was no less special because I had already been parenting Danielle for 15 months. On that day, I truly claimed my daughter. No one could take her away.

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Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Defining Special Needs

Are all children from foster care considered “special needs,” and, therefore, eligible for the full adoption tax credit?

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. When will popular perceptions catch up with the new, healthier reality?

International

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Bonding with Baby

"We found that using massage techniques helped our child relax and eased the transition from an orphanage setting to that of a loving family."

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orphan hosting programs

“And Now We Are Three”

Mix one American couple, one preteen Russian boy, and one summer program...and what do you get? Family.

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Heritage Travel

“You’ve Got to Have Friends”

My daughter’s fascination with China was matched by her pleasure at sharing the return trip with friends who’d made the same journey.

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Talking

Teaching Children About Adoption in Preschool

Off to Preschool!

As kids meet new friends—and their families—they face new questions about their past.

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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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Teaching Children About Adoption in Preschool

Off to Preschool!

As kids meet new friends—and their families—they face new questions about their past.

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Songs about adoption

Listen to the Musical Beat of Love

Musicians—from folk singers to rappers—are tuning in to adoption to create deeply personal reflections and hummable melodies. These songs are what you need when words aren't enough.

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Kids need to piece together their adoption stories

Sharing Difficult Details with Your Child

Experts offer talking tips and sample language for discussing neglect, abuse, abandonment, and other painful parts of your child's adoption story.

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Helping transracially adopted teens answer questions about race from peers

Ask the Transracial Parenting Expert: Helping Teens Answer Questions About Race

"Last week, my teenage son told me that he was tired of having to explain himself wherever he goes. Why is this happening, and how can I help him?"

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Modern Families

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“The Girls of Summer”

I want my active daughter to know it's OK to play sports and be physically strong. I'm just not the best example of that athletic ideal.

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