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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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Announcing your adoption can be done through a letter to family and friends

Announcing Your Decision to Adopt

A letter can deliver the news to loved ones in efficiently and affectionately. The key is to communicate how thrilled you are about adopting.

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A happy father after his birth mother match

“Guarding My Heart During the Wait”

After years of grappling with infertility, I could only focus on what might go wrong during our (in hindsight) perfect match and my daughter's birth.

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Welcome Home

A new adoptive sibling may change the family dynamic

When the New Brother or Sister Is Not a Baby

When a sibling arrives at an older age or with emotional challenges, everyone will benefit from realistic expectations — and patience.

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Attachment at each developmental stage

Bonding with Your Baby

Whether you’re adopting a newborn or a toddler, learn how to enhance attachment at each developmental stage.

A new adoptive sibling may change the family dynamic

When the New Brother or Sister Is Not a Baby

When a sibling arrives at an older age or with emotional challenges, everyone will benefit from realistic expectations — and patience.

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A new adoptive sibling may change the family dynamic

When the New Brother or Sister Is Not a Baby

When a sibling arrives at an older age or with emotional challenges, everyone will benefit from realistic expectations — and patience.

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ADVICE & SUPPORT

Foster Adoption

A new adoptive sibling may change the family dynamic

When the New Brother or Sister Is Not a Baby

When a sibling arrives at an older age or with emotional challenges, everyone will benefit from realistic expectations — and patience.

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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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Healing adoption trauma through a special birthday event

“Re-Celebrating My Daughter’s First Nine Birthdays”

My daughter's tenth birthday was the first birthday party she'd ever had. Here's how and why we decided to redo all the others.

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Domestic

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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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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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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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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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

An adoption story book example

A Tale to Treasure

Your child's adoption story is a tale you'll want to tell over and over. Why not put words (and pictures) to paper? Follow these pointers to create a personalized picture book that's guaranteed to become your child's favorite bedtime read.

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An adoption story book example

A Tale to Treasure

Your child's adoption story is a tale you'll want to tell over and over. Why not put words (and pictures) to paper? Follow these pointers to create a personalized picture book that's guaranteed to become your child's favorite bedtime read.

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

Talking Matters

If you look like your child, you may be spared inquisitive glances or nosy questions about adoption from strangers. But that doesn't mean you don't have to discuss the topic.

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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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Korean couple preparing for an adoptive wedding

Meeting the In-Laws

Our Korean-born daughter is engaged to a Korean man. We're thrilled — but how do we discuss adoption with his family?

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Family Dynamics

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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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