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Waiting

One mother writes a letter to her younger self about surviving infertility and moving on to adoption.

“Dear Infertility Patient”

From a woman who finally became an adoptive mother after a decade of trying, here are a few things I wish someone had told me years ago.

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Adoption Medicine: Choosing a Doctor

Ask the Adoption Medicine Expert: Choosing a Doctor

What is important when choosing an adoption pediatrician? Our adoption medicine expert has answers.

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A woman figuring out the balance between work and family

Waiting for Working Moms

Yes, it’s about your new family. But don’t forget to focus on your work life, too.

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One mother writes a letter to her younger self about surviving infertility and moving on to adoption.

“Dear Infertility Patient”

From a woman who finally became an adoptive mother after a decade of trying, here are a few things I wish someone had told me years ago.

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A happy family after a difficult adoption wait

Wait Gain: How To Deal When the Wait Keeps Growing

Waiting can be brutal, but there are some benefits. Take it from someone who endured 30 months before she got to hold her son.

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Welcome Home

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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Mother bonding with new infant

The First Weeks Home with Your Baby

Essential baby care and bonding tips to help your newly adopted child — and yourself — connect and thrive.

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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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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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Foster Adoption

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

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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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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International

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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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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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

Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Discussing an Unsuccessful Placement

Answers to your parenting questions.

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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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Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Discussing an Unsuccessful Placement

Answers to your parenting questions.

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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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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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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

A parent talks about race with his transracially adopted child

When Your Child is of a Different Race

If you build a positive self-image for your child, he'll be able to thrive in a world that is not always fair.

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A parent talks about race with his transracially adopted child

When Your Child is of a Different Race

If you build a positive self-image for your child, he'll be able to thrive in a world that is not always fair.

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Health & Development

Skin care is important for all children.

Healthy from Their Skin In

A dermatologist advises on caring for the skin and hair of a transracially adopted child.

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Family Dynamics

School

A woman talking to her child's teacher to raise adoption awareness

The Great Back-to-School Kit

17 simple and effective ways to bring adoption into the classroom.

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