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A woman stares out the window, contemplating the different types of adoption.

Share Your Story: Choosing a Route

We asked our reader panel: "How, and why, did you choose between the different types of adoption?" This is what they shared.

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A woman stares out the window, contemplating the different types of adoption.

Share Your Story: Choosing a Route

We asked our reader panel: "How, and why, did you choose between the different types of adoption?" This is what they shared.

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Children adopted via domestic adoption are healthy and happy

The Truth About Domestic Infant Adoption

Domestic infant 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?

"Front Porch Children" - Foster Parent essay by Keri Collinsworth

“Front Porch Children”

Being a foster parent is not for the faint of heart. Your heart swells, loves, breaks, and heals with each placement—and it is all, every moment of it, worth it.

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Timing of elective surgery

When Should You Schedule Surgery?

You may want to postpone elective surgery until your child has been home for four to six months.

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ecuador adoption

Ecuador Adoption Fast Facts

Wondering how to adopt from Ecuador? Find statistics, prospective parent requirements, personal stories, and more resources.

Bonding

breastfeeding adopted children

What You Need To Know To Breastfeed Your Baby

Few adoptive mothers will tell you that nursing is easy, but almost all will say it's worth the effort.

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breastfeeding adopted children

What You Need To Know To Breastfeed Your Baby

Few adoptive mothers will tell you that nursing is easy, but almost all will say it's worth the effort.

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parents share their favorite gifts they received after adopting

Parent-to-Parent: Gifts for New Parents Through Adoption

From time to bond to a scrapbook from the orphanage to IKEA furniture (and assembly!), parents share their favorite gifts they received after adopting their child.

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Bonding Over the Family Photo Album

Finding Belonging in Pictures

After adopting older children, these parents found that maintaining a family photo album was a useful tool to encourage bonding.

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ADVICE & SUPPORT

Foster Adoption

"Front Porch Children" - Foster Parent essay by Keri Collinsworth

“Front Porch Children”

Being a foster parent is not for the faint of heart. Your heart swells, loves, breaks, and heals with each placement—and it is all, every moment of it, worth it.

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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.

Domestic

Children adopted via domestic adoption are healthy and happy

The Truth About Domestic Infant Adoption

Domestic infant 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

Timing of elective surgery

When Should You Schedule Surgery?

You may want to postpone elective surgery until your child has been home for four to six months.

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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

Af has a conversation about white parents adopting black children

Adopted and Black in Middle America

Michelle Johnson, 38, adopted by white parents and raised in suburban Minneapolis, recently spoke with AF about her experiences.

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Creating a Personal History for Your Adopted Child

Creating a History for Your Teen During Infancy

What we record now about our child will help him or her later in the difficult teen task of forging a positive identity.

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Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Child Wishes She Had an Open Adoption

“My daughter, who was adopted internationally, has been saying she wishes she got to see her birth mother, like her close friend who has a very open adoption. What can I say to her?”

Giving back to the community by selling candles

The Joy of Giving Back

Many of us start out thinking we are simply adding a child to our life. But for the families featured here, the immeasurable joy they found through adoption inspired them to serve needs even greater than their own.

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Campers at Holt Heritage Camp

10 Questions to Ask about Heritage Camps

Most are designed for families. Other camps are just for kids, such as Holt Adoptee Camp (right), a sleep-away experience for children ages nine to 16.

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Campers at Holt Heritage Camp

10 Questions to Ask about Heritage Camps

Most are designed for families. Other camps are just for kids, such as Holt Adoptee Camp (right), a sleep-away experience for children ages nine to 16.

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Health & Development

Family Dynamics

School

How over functioning parents can step back and let kids do homework themselves.

When It Comes to Homework—Are You Doing Too Much?

Battles over homework can disrupt family life any evening of the school week. To lessen the trauma, parents frequently step in to help and occasionally step over the line. We asked Anita Pollic, a fourth grade teacher at Lebanon Christian School in Lebanon, Ohio, about this important topic.

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