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One mother shares her experience after deciding to adopt internationally.

“We Wanted to Adopt White Children”

I chose our route because I didn't feel comfortable adopting outside our race. Six bittersweet years of motherhood have taught me to look beyond appearances.

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Your Adoption Budget Checklists

All adoptions, wherever from and via whatever method, include a home study, the process where a social worker checks that you are eligible to adopt. After that, budget items vary.

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One mother shares her experience after deciding to adopt internationally.

“We Wanted to Adopt White Children”

I chose our route because I didn't feel comfortable adopting outside our race. Six bittersweet years of motherhood have taught me to look beyond appearances.

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Domestic adoptive parents can travel all over to get to their child

Domestic Adoption Travel 101

Tips for — and from — domestic adoptive parents on preparing for the emotional journey to meet your child.

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Register for the Parenting the Hurt Child Webinar with Regina Kupecky on 3/9/16

Parenting the Hurt Child Webinar on 3/9

Register now for the webinar “Parenting the Hurt Child,” on 3/9/16. Regina M. Kupecky, LSW, will guide parents in understanding a newly adopted older child’s behavior and discuss what will work (and what to avoid) to help him heal and attach.

Bonding

A woman with her children after adoptive breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Without Birthing

A lactation consultant and breastfeeding adoptive mom explains how to achieve a nursing relationship with your baby.

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A woman with her children after adoptive breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Without Birthing

A lactation consultant and breastfeeding adoptive mom explains how to achieve a nursing relationship with your baby.

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Showered with Love

Whether you feel most comfortable holding it after completing your dossier, or when you receive your referral — an adoption shower is a wonderful way to celebrate your growing family.

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Adoptive parents share their stories naming their adopted child.

What’s in a Name? For an Adopted Child, A Lot!

For a child who joins a family with his own history, his own culture– his own name– the story's rarely rooted in the pages of a baby names book. AF readers share how they made the naming decision.

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After our Bulgarian adoption, Jesse became a superhero

“How Jesse Learned to Play”

There was no time for fun in the orphanage. But at home in America, four-year-old Jesse discovered water balloons, trampolines — and his inner Hercules.

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Foster Adoption

Register for the Parenting the Hurt Child Webinar with Regina Kupecky on 3/9/16

Parenting the Hurt Child Webinar on 3/9

Register now for the webinar “Parenting the Hurt Child,” on 3/9/16. Regina M. Kupecky, LSW, will guide parents in understanding a newly adopted older child’s behavior and discuss what will work (and what to avoid) to help him heal and attach.

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

Domestic adoptive parents can travel all over to get to their child

Domestic Adoption Travel 101

Tips for — and from — domestic adoptive parents on preparing for the emotional journey to meet your child.

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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?

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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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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How to Make Sure Your International Adoption Succeeds

What goes wrong in international adoptions — and how can you help yours go through?

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Talking

A mother sharing her child's adoption story

Is Adoption Sad?

We may feel one way or the other, but it's our kids who must decide.

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A mother sharing her child's adoption story

Is Adoption Sad?

We may feel one way or the other, but it's our kids who must decide.

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Who has to know my child was adopted? Her doctor, for one.

Who Needs to Know Your Child’s Adoption Story?

Should I tell my child's doctor she was adopted? What about her school?

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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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Transracial

Microaggressions can add up over time

Responding to “Invisible” Racism

Our society has gotten to the point where most people can agree that overt racism is wrong. Few would argue that segregation or using a racial slur is acceptable. But many more subtle forms of racism persist. Here's how to combat them.

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Microaggressions can add up over time

Responding to “Invisible” Racism

Our society has gotten to the point where most people can agree that overt racism is wrong. Few would argue that segregation or using a racial slur is acceptable. But many more subtle forms of racism persist. Here's how to combat them.

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Health & Development

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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