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Waiting

A reluctant spouse can put a strain on marriages

The Reluctant Family

You’re ready to adopt, but your spouse is reluctant. How can you get your “other half” (and family members) on board?

Adoption Medicine: Choosing a Doctor

Ask the Adoption Medicine Expert: Choosing a Doctor

What is important when choosing an adoption pediatrician? Our adoption medicine expert has answers.

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A reluctant spouse can put a strain on marriages

The Reluctant Family

You’re ready to adopt, but your spouse is reluctant. How can you get your “other half” (and family members) on board?

A happy family after a difficult adoption wait

Wait Gain: How To Deal When the Wait Keeps Growing

Waiting can be brutal, but there are some benefits. Take it from someone who endured 30 months before she got to hold her son.

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Welcome Home

How to develop a healthy feeding relationship.

Winning Your Child’s Trust Around the Dinner Table

In an excerpt from her guide to enjoying family meals, our childhood feeding specialist explains how to show your foster or adopted children love through food.

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How to develop a healthy feeding relationship.

Winning Your Child’s Trust Around the Dinner Table

In an excerpt from her guide to enjoying family meals, our childhood feeding specialist explains how to show your foster or adopted children love through food.

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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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interactive ways to help an older child talk about adoption and her personal history

7 Ways to Give Your Child a History

When a child is adopted from foster care at an older age, he needs to understand his story up to placement and the significance of his joining a new family forever. Here are hands-on activities you can use to start this conversation.

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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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One teen's adoptee story of her fears on adoption day.

“Three Little Words on My Adoption Day”

A decade of disappointing foster care placements made me doubt the two people who had taken me into their hearts.

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Domestic

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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The hospital adoption process should be fairly straightforward

Adoption Law: At the Hospital

An adoption attorney explains the legal steps surrounding your child's birth when you adopt domestically.

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International

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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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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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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Talking

Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Discussing an Unsuccessful Placement

Answers to your parenting questions.

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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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Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Discussing an Unsuccessful Placement

Answers to your parenting questions.

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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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Openness

A happy birth mother reunion

“Seeing My Daughter’s ‘Happily Ever After’”

My daughter, Rubie, has the kind of life I'd dreamed of for her, and is where she belongs. I only wish I had known that sooner.

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Transracial

How to talk about racial bias with your kids.

Breaking the Racial Sound Barrier

In a society that considers "color-blindness" a noble attitude, parents may worry about talking about racism, but we must do it. Here's how.

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How to talk about racial bias with your kids.

Breaking the Racial Sound Barrier

In a society that considers "color-blindness" a noble attitude, parents may worry about talking about racism, but we must do it. Here's how.

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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

School

Common classroom assignments can raise adoption issues

Star of the Week

Fielding questions about adoption at school starts early. Is your child ready?

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