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A man who was initially afraid of adoption, happy with his daughter, adopted from China

“I Needed This All Along”

Five years on: We have been “trying” for three years, and now are deep into the medical crapshoot of infertility treatment. Soon it becomes clear that we will never have our own biological children.

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Register for the Adoption Costs Webinar on 9/24/15

Adoption Costs Webinar on 9/24

Register now for a Webinar on Adoption Costs on 9/24/15. Denise M. Bierly, Esq., and Sue Orban will discuss domestic, foster, and international adoption costs and funding strategies.

A man who was initially afraid of adoption, happy with his daughter, adopted from China

“I Needed This All Along”

Five years on: We have been “trying” for three years, and now are deep into the medical crapshoot of infertility treatment. Soon it becomes clear that we will never have our own biological children.

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The hospital adoption process should be fairly straightforward

Adoption Law: At the Hospital

An adoption attorney explains the legal steps surrounding your child's birth when you adopt domestically.

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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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Bonding

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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One parent supplements her child's diet after adopting a malnourished child.

Nourishing Beyond Growth Charts

How to assess a newly adopted child's nutritional status and get a malnourished child's growth on track.

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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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Adopting a toddler may be right for your family

Adopting a Toddler

Straddling the line between infancy and autonomy, toddlers experience adoption in unique ways. Here's what you need to know to face the challenge.

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ADVICE & SUPPORT

Foster Adoption

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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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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Domestic

The hospital adoption process should be fairly straightforward

Adoption Law: At the Hospital

An adoption attorney explains the legal steps surrounding your child's birth when you adopt domestically.

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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. How long will it take for popular perceptions to catch up with the new, healthier reality?

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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Talking

Kids need to piece together their adoption stories

Sharing Difficult Details with Your Child

Experts offer talking tips and sample language for discussing neglect, abuse, abandonment, and other painful parts of your child's adoption story.

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Creating an adoption lifebook can help your child understand her story.

Adoption Scrapbooks Made Easy

Tips for capturing the journey leading up to your child's adoption, and the precious moments after, in scrapbook your family will cherish forever.

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Kids need to piece together their adoption stories

Sharing Difficult Details with Your Child

Experts offer talking tips and sample language for discussing neglect, abuse, abandonment, and other painful parts of your child's adoption story.

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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. How long will it take for popular perceptions to catch up with the new, healthier reality?

Kids need to piece together their adoption stories

Sharing Difficult Details with Your Child

Experts offer talking tips and sample language for discussing neglect, abuse, abandonment, and other painful parts of your child's adoption story.

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Health & Development

Adoption therapy isn't always necessary

Is It Adoption, or Is It Life?

Five of the country's top adoption therapists tell us what we need to know to support our children.

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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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