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Adopting

One story of a second adoption.

“The Perfect Season of the Heart”

A father and son find that, in the face of catastrophe, despair, and death, the antidote is life.

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survey results on adoption cost and timing in 2015 and 2016

Adoption Cost and Timing in 2015-2016

Each year, Adoptive Families polls newly formed families across the country to get actual information on the cost and length of time it took them to complete their adoptions. We are grateful to every one of you who took our most recent Adoption Cost & Timing Survey.

One story of a second adoption.

“The Perfect Season of the Heart”

A father and son find that, in the face of catastrophe, despair, and death, the antidote is life.

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parents travel home with their newly adopted baby after getting ICPC clearance

The ICPC: An Updated Overview

When you adopt a child from a different state, you’ll need approval under the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children before traveling home. Here’s what you need to know about this process.

One foster mom shares her flan recipe

Music, Food, and Love!

One foster-turned-adoptive-mother shares how cooking brings her family together.

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ecuador adoption

Ecuador Adoption Fast Facts

Wondering how to adopt from Ecuador? Find statistics, prospective parent requirements, personal stories, and more resources.

Bonding

A blank birth certificate as parents contemplate an adoption name change

“Should We Keep or Change Our Child’s Name?”

We carefully choose our children's names. But wait—our children will soon have their own ideas about who they are and what they should be called.

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A blank birth certificate as parents contemplate an adoption name change

“Should We Keep or Change Our Child’s Name?”

We carefully choose our children's names. But wait—our children will soon have their own ideas about who they are and what they should be called.

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Readers' most treasured family photographs

Capturing Our Favorite Family Photographs

We asked readers about your most treasured photos from your trips to the hospital or country where your children were born. Here are some of the most meaningful scenes and stories you shared from your adoption journeys.

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Laurie Shiers with her husband and son adopted from Thailand

“Awake at Last”

Sometimes love comes easy. Other times, it must be earned. This is the story of how I let go of my preconceived ideas about bonding and motherhood and became brave enough to trust my heart.

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“Anniversary”

One year after my daughter came to live with me from foster care, the memory was still too bittersweet for her. But today, two years after becoming mother and daughter, we are ready to celebrate.

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ADVICE & SUPPORT

Foster Adoption

One foster mom shares her flan recipe

Music, Food, and Love!

One foster-turned-adoptive-mother shares how cooking brings her family together.

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Domestic

parents travel home with their newly adopted baby after getting ICPC clearance

The ICPC: An Updated Overview

When you adopt a child from a different state, you’ll need approval under the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children before traveling home. Here’s what you need to know about this process.

A parent bonding with adopted baby

Share Your Story: Domestic Adoption and Attachment

We asked our readers: Before your adoption, were you concerned about bonding with your baby? After your newborn came home, what parenting techniques did you practice that enhanced attachment?

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International

Talking

Two parents kiss their infant on the cheeks after preparing for a baby to adopt for so long.

Getting in Shape for Your New Arrival

Babies are demanding little creatures whose needs for food and dry diapers and cuddling and comforting rarely occur only during the day. Here’s how adoptive parents can get ready.

Creating a Personal History for Your Adopted Child

Creating a History for Your Teen During Infancy

What we record now about our child will help him or her later in the difficult teen task of forging a positive identity.

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An adoptive mother and her teen daughter share a moment of empathy and connection

Navigating the Teen Years, Part 1: Setting “Adoption-Sensitive” Limits

As a teen, your child still needs and wants you to be a strong parent—not in a controlling fashion, but as a reliable authority in his or her life. Read on for 10 ways to establish yourself in this role.

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A group of adults put their hands in a circle after starting an adoptive parents support group

How to Start a Parent Support Group

Start small, find like-minded members, and grow with your kids.

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A mother comforting a child who was exposed to violence

8 Ways to Help Your Kids Deal with Violence

When children are exposed to violence—in their first home, at school, or in the media—it's our job as parents to help them process it. Here's how.

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Transracial

Adoption questions can be infuriating, except for the one time they were asked with good intentions.

“Families Like Us”

My wife and I may not match our kids, but we found a group where we all fit in.

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Adoption questions can be infuriating, except for the one time they were asked with good intentions.

“Families Like Us”

My wife and I may not match our kids, but we found a group where we all fit in.

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International adoption questions to ask

How Will We Teach Our Child About Her Culture?

Even after twenty years, adoptive families are still grappling with some of the same issues and questions about raising their children in an interracial family.

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Health & Development

Family Dynamics

Mother And Son Lying In Bed Together Looking At Each Other Laughing. One example of connecting with kids.

10 Simple Ways to Have a Happier Family

Wish you could slow down and take the time to really connect with your kids? Here's how to slip small moments of love and closeness into the busiest days.

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Peers & Friendships

Modern Families

Holidays & Celebrations

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“Anniversary”

One year after my daughter came to live with me from foster care, the memory was still too bittersweet for her. But today, two years after becoming mother and daughter, we are ready to celebrate.

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