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Getting The Call

“A Night I’ll Never Forget”

After 10 years, my husband and I were starting to doubt we’d ever be parents. But when the phone rang, I knew it was “The Call.”

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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Getting The Call

“A Night I’ll Never Forget”

After 10 years, my husband and I were starting to doubt we’d ever be parents. But when the phone rang, I knew it was “The Call.”

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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Parents waiting to be chosen for a domestic adoption wonder why a birth mother hasn't chosen them.

“When Will an Expectant Mother Pick Us?”

During the long wait for an adoption match, friends and family may be sympathetic, but they don’t understand the anxiety that leads you to question every aspect of your adoption profile — and yourself.

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Welcome Home

Growing up in foster care meant moving a lot

“Hand-Me-Downs: Growing Up in Foster Care”

People kept taking us, a threesome of foster kids, into their homes. But we never stuck.

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Bonding Through Sleep

“My Nights with Tiana”

So Tiana moved into our bed. As time went on, she began to awaken, startled, reaching her little hand toward my side of the big bed. As soon as she felt me beside her, she would fall back asleep. By her third or fourth month home, Tiana was waking up every 10 minutes to make sure I was beside her. Her panic was palpable.

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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A mother and her two sons on their "adoption anniversary"

“Eli’s First Year Home”

When I adopted an older child, I was prepared to teach him what it means to have a family. Instead, I found myself with a little boy in deep mourning for the loss of his loving foster parents.

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Growing up in foster care meant moving a lot

“Hand-Me-Downs: Growing Up in Foster Care”

People kept taking us, a threesome of foster kids, into their homes. But we never stuck.

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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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Domestic

A mother practices attachment parenting

To Have and to Hold: Attachment Parenting

AF looks at a hands-on parenting style that's natural for our families.

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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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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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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

Explaining adoption to family and friends who may not understand is an important step

Adoption Basics for Family and Friends

As they welcome your baby, help your family understand adoption at the same time.

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A guide on how to make adoption scrapbooks.

Adoption Scrapbooks: A Link to the Past

An adoption scrapbook lets parents and children create a sense of history and of belonging.

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A cutout from Paloma the Possible

“Letting Our Story Soar”

Writing and illustrating a fictional tale about a winged girl named Paloma helped my daughter and me talk about race, identity, and the realities of adoption. As a published book, it’s helping many other families do the same.

Explaining adoption to family and friends who may not understand is an important step

Adoption Basics for Family and Friends

As they welcome your baby, help your family understand adoption at the same time.

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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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