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Religious beliefs

What Do Religious Beliefs Have to Do with Parenting?

My wife and I adopted our children through an international adoption agency that is at least nominally Christian, having been founded by a Methodist minister more than a hundred years ago. I wasn’t aware of this at the start, and wouldn’t have cared one way or the other. All that mattered to me was that the agency was staffed with experienced, caring, competent, and fair people. And it was. I have nothing but abundant praise for our caseworkers and everyone else up and down the agency’s chain of command.

What to Look For in a Post-Adoption Check-Up

Post-Adoption Check-Ups

When you bring your child for their first post-adoption check-up, what should the doctor be looking for?

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Religious beliefs

What Do Religious Beliefs Have to Do with Parenting?

My wife and I adopted our children through an international adoption agency that is at least nominally Christian, having been founded by a Methodist minister more than a hundred years ago. I wasn’t aware of this at the start, and wouldn’t have cared one way or the other. All that mattered to me was that the agency was staffed with experienced, caring, competent, and fair people. And it was. I have nothing but abundant praise for our caseworkers and everyone else up and down the agency’s chain of command.

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?

One family's story

“I Want the Same Hubbub That Surrounds Pregnancy!”

When I announced our adoption plans, I hoped for the same kind of excitement that pregnant women get. After all, the happiness we're expecting is the same.

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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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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.

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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Parental instinct trumps parenting books

“What The Books Didn’t Tell Me”

When Christopher joined our family at age three, I had to set aside my tried and true parenting methods in favor of the sort of nurturing he’d never known.

ADVICE & SUPPORT

Foster Adoption

Take the 2013-2014 Adoption Cost and Timing Survey to help prospective adoptive parents

Cost & Timing of Adoptions in 2013-2014

Each year, Adoptive Families polls newly formed adoptive families across the country. Here are the average expenses and timelines reported by families who completed international or domestic adoptions in 2013 or 2014.

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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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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

Take the 2013-2014 Adoption Cost and Timing Survey to help prospective adoptive parents

Cost & Timing of Adoptions in 2013-2014

Each year, Adoptive Families polls newly formed adoptive families across the country. Here are the average expenses and timelines reported by families who completed international or domestic adoptions in 2013 or 2014.

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Deciding to adopt

“If at First You Don’t Succeed…”

Before trying to have kids, I'd never failed at anything. Though I still believe in planning and hard work, it was something else that brought me my two beautiful boys.

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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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International

Take the 2013-2014 Adoption Cost and Timing Survey to help prospective adoptive parents

Cost & Timing of Adoptions in 2013-2014

Each year, Adoptive Families polls newly formed adoptive families across the country. Here are the average expenses and timelines reported by families who completed international or domestic adoptions in 2013 or 2014.

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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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Talking

therapeutic writing

Putting Your Feelings on Paper

Infertility, parenting after adoption, growing up in an adoptive family, relinquishing a child—all give rise to complex emotions. Learn about the innovative Therapeutic Writing model that’s helping many lay bare and make sense of their innermost thoughts.

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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Explaining pregnancy to your preschooler

Big Tummies, Big Questions

Don't let your preschooler catch you off-guard! Be prepared to talk about the birds, the bees, and adoption.

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therapeutic writing

Putting Your Feelings on Paper

Infertility, parenting after adoption, growing up in an adoptive family, relinquishing a child—all give rise to complex emotions. Learn about the innovative Therapeutic Writing model that’s helping many lay bare and make sense of their innermost thoughts.

Talking about adoption to your adopted child

Telling the Tough Stuff

Here's how to tell your child the difficult facts about his adoption in positive, age-appropriate ways...and how to keep the conversation going.

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Transracial

A white mother raising a child of color

Raising a Child of Color in America — While White

Our country is far from a “post-racial” society, as this last year has demonstrated. How can you ensure that your child will grow up feeling safe, secure in his identity, and close to your family? Commit to calling out racism and fighting injustice wherever you see it.

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A white mother raising a child of color

Raising a Child of Color in America — While White

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Health & Development

Family Dynamics

School

An adopted child considers his family tree

A Forest of Family Trees

Inclusive assignments help your grade-schooler, as well as her classmates, learn about their lives and the world around them.

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