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Waiting

Waiting to adopt sometimes feels like one question after another

“The Stages of Waiting”

Are all the bewildering ups and downs I've experienced during our wait typical of the international adoption process?

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Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Risk In Adopted Children

Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

If you're worried the child you're adopting has been exposed to alcohol prenatally, what should you watch out for?

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Domestic adoptive parents can travel all over to get to their child

Domestic Adoption Travel 101

Tips for — and from — domestic adoptive parents on preparing for the emotional journey to meet your child.

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Adopting a second child brings up different questions than the first

The Second Time Around

You've decided you're ready to grow your family — again. Here's help with answering the questions you didn't have to ask the first time you adopted.

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Waiting to adopt sometimes feels like one question after another

“The Stages of Waiting”

Are all the bewildering ups and downs I've experienced during our wait typical of the international adoption process?

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Adoption and Adjustment: Easing the Transition

Easing the Post-Adoption Adjustment

We're about to adopt a toddler. How can we ease his adjustment during our first weeks as a family?

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Adoption and Adjustment: Easing the Transition

Easing the Post-Adoption Adjustment

We're about to adopt a toddler. How can we ease his adjustment during our first weeks as a family?

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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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Adoption leave must be properly requested.

Adoption Leave: Your Legal Rights

All about the Federal Family Medical and Leave Act: Who is eligible, what protections are provided, and how you can secure your leave.

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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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Domestic

Domestic adoptive parents can travel all over to get to their child

Domestic Adoption Travel 101

Tips for — and from — domestic adoptive parents on preparing for the emotional journey to meet your child.

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A family in an open adoption talks to birth parents on the phone

A Meeting of the Open Minds

Two adoptive moms and a birth mother candidly discuss the adoption match, birth siblings, contact agreements, and more.

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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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International Adoption Statistics in 2014

International Adoption in 2014 at Lowest Level Since 1982

The most recent State Department figures show that the number of foreign children adopted by United States parents declined by nine percent in 2014, bringing the number to its lowest in thirty three years – only 692 adoptions from the record low of 1982. There were 6,441 international adoptions –  653 less than in 2013.

Talking

Children adopted via domestic adoption are healthy and happy

The Truth About Domestic Adoption

I keep hearing that adopting in the U.S. is rare, expensive, and risky. The statistics — and my own experience — argue otherwise.

A family working together to make a lifebook

Thanks for the Memories!

A lifebook can fill in the gaps of your child's early story — and creating it can be a fun project for all of you.

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Talking about adoption with your young child

Talking with Children about Adoption

Is it what you say, how early you say it, or how often you say it that matters most to your child? Barbara Russell gives tips on talking about adoption with your child.

Children adopted via domestic adoption are healthy and happy

The Truth About Domestic Adoption

I keep hearing that adopting in the U.S. is rare, expensive, and risky. The statistics — and my own experience — argue otherwise.

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

Health & Development

Family Dynamics

A mother who adopted after facing infertility realizes she's no longer hoping for a miracle pregnancy

“No Longer Hoping for a Miracle Pregnancy”

An imminent hysterectomy is helping me realize that I no longer want to become pregnant — I only want to be the best mother I can be to my children, who came to me through adoption.

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School

Common classroom assignments can raise adoption issues

Star of the Week

Fielding questions about adoption at school starts early. Is your child ready?

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Peers & Friendships

Modern Families

Nontraditional families are everywhere

“Raising California”

Families are forming in all sorts of ways, in a rainbow of colors, and my son through adoption is growing up right in the middle of all of it.

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Holidays & Celebrations

Holiday activities bring everyone closer

Avoiding Overwhelm During the Holidays

Most parents look forward to sharing this time of the year with their children. But less is often more when it comes to holiday activities.

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