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Several families answer "How we afforded our adoption"

How We Afforded Our Adoption

We asked our reader panel: How did you finance your adoption? Share any cost-cutting or creative financing strategies with other readers.

A family formed through single parent adoption

Tips for Single Parent Adoption the Second Time Around

Looking to adopt again as a single parent? Here's what you need to know.

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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

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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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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One mother's story of post-adoption depression.

“Do I Love Him Yet?”

Before adopting an older child, I had never heard of post adoption depression. That's why it never crossed my mind when I had trouble attaching to my son.

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When we brought our son home through foster care adoption, he taught us an important lesson.

“Real-World Lessons”: Adopting a Teenager from Foster Care

By the time we adopted a teenager from foster care, we were veteran parents and thought we were prepared for what lay ahead. Who would have expected our new son to teach us a thing or two?

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ADVICE & SUPPORT

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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A family with African American children

“Teaching My Children That Black Is Beautiful”

I tell my African-American children that they are smart and beautiful because I know that the world may tell them otherwise.

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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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One child brought through adoptive motherhood, one through biological motherhood

“True Love, Times Two”

I used to wonder whether my love for my son would be more intense if I'd given birth to him. Having a biological child validated the depth of my feelings the first time around.

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International

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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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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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 expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

Gearing Talks to Your Child’s Development

Let what your child can understand about adoption guide what you tell him about his 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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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

Gearing Talks to Your Child’s Development

Let what your child can understand about adoption guide what you tell him about his 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?

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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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Transracial

Children of various races enjoying a culture camp

Going Camping

Three camp options offer unique ways to explore your childs roots and emerging identity during the summer months.

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Reverse racism can make adopted children like Emma Rose feel embarrassed

“Too Much Attention”

Why do our darker-skinned children receive attention and flattery from strangers — and what are we to do about it?

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Support your child's ethnic heritage

When Children Deny Their Heritage

A strong connection to role models and to others who share their ethnic background is as important now as ever.

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Children of various races enjoying a culture camp

Going Camping

Three camp options offer unique ways to explore your childs roots and emerging identity during the summer months.

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Health & Development

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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