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One spouse may be reluctant to adopt

The Reluctant Spouse

Don’t be surprised if your mate resists adoption even as you are embracing it.

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Your Adoption Budget Checklists

All adoptions, wherever from and via whatever method, include a home study, the process where a social worker checks that you are eligible to adopt. After that, budget items vary.

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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. When will popular perceptions catch up with the new, healthier reality?

Register for the Parenting the Hurt Child Webinar with Regina Kupecky on 3/9/16

Parenting the Hurt Child Webinar on 3/9

Register now for the webinar “Parenting the Hurt Child,” on 3/9/16. Regina M. Kupecky, LSW, will guide parents in understanding a newly adopted older child’s behavior and discuss what will work (and what to avoid) to help him heal and attach.

Bonding

Register for the Parenting the Hurt Child Webinar with Regina Kupecky on 3/9/16

Parenting the Hurt Child Webinar on 3/9

Register now for the webinar “Parenting the Hurt Child,” on 3/9/16. Regina M. Kupecky, LSW, will guide parents in understanding a newly adopted older child’s behavior and discuss what will work (and what to avoid) to help him heal and attach.

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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An adoption shower present

Showered with Love

Whether you feel most comfortable holding it after completing your dossier, or when you receive your referral — an adoption shower is a wonderful way to celebrate your growing family.

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Adoptive parents share their stories naming their adopted child.

What’s in a Name? For an Adopted Child, A Lot!

For a child who joins a family with his own history, his own culture– his own name– the story's rarely rooted in the pages of a baby names book. AF readers share how they made the naming decision.

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Register for the Parenting the Hurt Child Webinar with Regina Kupecky on 3/9/16

Parenting the Hurt Child Webinar on 3/9

Register now for the webinar “Parenting the Hurt Child,” on 3/9/16. Regina M. Kupecky, LSW, will guide parents in understanding a newly adopted older child’s behavior and discuss what will work (and what to avoid) to help him heal and attach.

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Register for the Parenting the Hurt Child Webinar with Regina Kupecky on 3/9/16

Parenting the Hurt Child Webinar on 3/9

Register now for the webinar “Parenting the Hurt Child,” on 3/9/16. Regina M. Kupecky, LSW, will guide parents in understanding a newly adopted older child’s behavior and discuss what will work (and what to avoid) to help him heal and attach.

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

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. When will popular perceptions catch up with the new, healthier reality?

Her daughter's birth family joined her in the hospital

“Welcomed By Our Daughter’s Birth Family”

I asked my family not to come to the hospital when she was born, then mourned their absence. Enter her birth relatives.

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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

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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How to Make Sure Your International Adoption Succeeds

What goes wrong in international adoptions — and how can you help yours go through?

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Talking

Who has to know my child was adopted? Her doctor, for one.

Who Needs to Know Your Child’s Adoption Story?

Should I tell my child's doctor she was adopted? What about her school?

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Father and child talking about the adoption story

Parents Share: Creating Our Child’s Adoption Story

Parents share how they impart and strengthen their child's adoption story.

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Who has to know my child was adopted? Her doctor, for one.

Who Needs to Know Your Child’s Adoption Story?

Should I tell my child's doctor she was adopted? What about her school?

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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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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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