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A family formed through adoption in the United States

Adopting from the United States

Basic facts about domestic adoption.

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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.

A woman at an airport, adopting while pregnant

“Through the Glass”

When people learned I was pregnant, they were surprised that I was still planning to adopt.

A family formed through adoption in the United States

Adopting from the United States

Basic facts about domestic adoption.

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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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Bonding

Attachment at each developmental stage

Bonding with Your Baby

Whether you're adopting a newborn or a toddler, learn how to enhance attachment at each developmental stage.

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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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Feelings about infertility can return even after adopting.

Surviving Infertility

What it's normal to feel, even after you adopt and fall in love with your child.

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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

A family formed through adoption in the United States

Adopting from the United States

Basic facts about domestic adoption.

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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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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

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

Talking about adoption with your young child

Talking with Children about Adoption

Is it what you say, how early you say it, or how often you say it that matters most to your child? Barbara Russell gives tips on talking about adoption with your child.

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 about adoption with your young child

Talking with Children about Adoption

Is it what you say, how early you say it, or how often you say it that matters most to your child? Barbara Russell gives tips on talking about adoption with your child.

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?

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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Health & Development

Adoption therapy isn't always necessary

Is It Adoption, or Is It Life?

Five of the country's top adoption therapists tell us what we need to know to support our children.

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Family Dynamics

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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