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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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A judge will be there at the finalization of adoption

What to Expect During Your Adoption Finalization

Adoption can't be finalized until after marathon of post-placement visits and termination of parental rights. Here's what to expect before, during, and after the hearing.

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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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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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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

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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Learn about the adoption transition diet for your child.

The Adoption Transition Diet

Dana E. Johnson, M.D., Ph.D., on introducing new foods and addressing feeding challenges in a newly adopted child.

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Talking

How children view adoption changes as they grow

Adoption Through a Child’s Eyes

By tuning in to what children understand about adoption at different ages, our talks become richer, more intimate, and ultimately more effective.

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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How children view adoption changes as they grow

Adoption Through a Child’s Eyes

By tuning in to what children understand about adoption at different ages, our talks become richer, more intimate, and ultimately more effective.

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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Talking about birth parents' drug or alcohol abuse can be tough

Explaining a Birth Parent’s Drug or Alcohol Abuse

"How can we explain birth family's drinking or drug use?" Older child adoption expert Gregory Keck, Ph.D. answers a reader's question.

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Transracial

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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