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Waiting

Adoption vs. pregnancy doesn't matter when it comes to forming a loving family.

“Lessons Learned from a Failed Adoption Match”

When friends asked, I'd always assured them I wasn't sad that I hadn't given birth to my sons. A heartbreaking false start helped me see that I was truly at peace with that fact.

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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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Lists can help while preparing for adoption

10 Lists to Help You Prepare for Adoption

A list of lists to help you through the adoption process and wait.

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Lists can help while preparing for adoption

10 Lists to Help You Prepare for Adoption

A list of lists to help you through the adoption process and wait.

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Adoption vs. pregnancy doesn't matter when it comes to forming a loving family.

“Lessons Learned from a Failed Adoption Match”

When friends asked, I'd always assured them I wasn't sad that I hadn't given birth to my sons. A heartbreaking false start helped me see that I was truly at peace with that fact.

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Welcome Home

A new adoptive sibling may change the family dynamic

When the New Brother or Sister Is Not a Baby

When a sibling arrives at an older age or with emotional challenges, everyone will benefit from realistic expectations — and patience.

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Why do toddlers reject one parent?

When One Parent Is Rejected

Why do some newly adopted toddlers reject one parent? Our expert has answers, and ways to cope.

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Our readers share their adoption shower stories.

Domestic Adoption Showers

When their adoption date was uncertain, our readers took the opportunity to celebrate with their children in tow. Here, they share their experiences.

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A new adoptive sibling may change the family dynamic

When the New Brother or Sister Is Not a Baby

When a sibling arrives at an older age or with emotional challenges, everyone will benefit from realistic expectations — and patience.

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A new adoptive sibling may change the family dynamic

When the New Brother or Sister Is Not a Baby

When a sibling arrives at an older age or with emotional challenges, everyone will benefit from realistic expectations — and patience.

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Foster Adoption

A new adoptive sibling may change the family dynamic

When the New Brother or Sister Is Not a Baby

When a sibling arrives at an older age or with emotional challenges, everyone will benefit from realistic expectations — and patience.

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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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One mother describes her journey to unanticipated foster adoption.

“From Foster to Adoptive Parent”

As foster parents, you open your hearts and home to a child even as you're preparing to reunite her with her birth mother.

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Domestic

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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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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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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International

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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Learn about the adoption transition diet for your child.

The Adoption Transition Diet

Dana E. Johnson, M.D., Ph.D., on introducing new foods and addressing feeding challenges in a newly adopted child.

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One father describes his family's adoption from Russia.

“Four Unforgettable Introductions”

Introductions are often fleeting. But then there are those planned meetings that you know will touch you at your core.

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Talking

Movies about adoption

It’s a Wrap! Adoption at the Movies 2014

A review of movies about adoption and foster care in 2014, along with questions and activities for families to have a discussion after the film.

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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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Movies about adoption

It’s a Wrap! Adoption at the Movies 2014

A review of movies about adoption and foster care in 2014, along with questions and activities for families to have a discussion after the film.

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Talking about birth parents' drug or alcohol abuse can be tough

Explaining a Birth Parent’s Drug or Alcohol Abuse

"How can we explain birth family's drinking or drug use?" Older child adoption expert Gregory Keck, Ph.D. answers a reader's question.

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Openness

Setting boundaries in open adoption may be awkward, but it is necessary

Setting Boundaries in Open Adoption

In an open adoption, your child's birth parents become part of your extended family. Here are some common questions when it comes to managing those relationships.

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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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Setting boundaries in open adoption may be awkward, but it is necessary

Setting Boundaries in Open Adoption

In an open adoption, your child's birth parents become part of your extended family. Here are some common questions when it comes to managing those relationships.

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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

Talking About Race and Adoption

“Do You Ever Mind It?”

I tell prospective adoptive parents to take a good, hard look at their social circles, their neighborhoods, their churches, their communities and think about how those places and spaces will look and feel to their child. I ask them what they’ll say when their kids hear slurs and taunts from bullies, and how they will answer tough questions about the persistence of racism and a playing field that is far from level.

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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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