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Waiting

Getting the adoption call can be stressful and exciting

Planning for “the Call”

Are you prepared to receive the news that you've been chosen? If not, here are six things we wish we had known, before we became a family of three.

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One mother shares her experience after deciding to adopt internationally.

“We Wanted to Adopt White Children”

I chose our route because I didn't feel comfortable adopting outside our race. Six bittersweet years of motherhood have taught me to look beyond appearances.

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Getting the adoption call can be stressful and exciting

Planning for “the Call”

Are you prepared to receive the news that you've been chosen? If not, here are six things we wish we had known, before we became a family of three.

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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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Welcome Home

Adopting a toddler may be right for your family

Adopting a Toddler

Straddling the line between infancy and autonomy, toddlers experience adoption in unique ways. Here's what you need to know to face the challenge.

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Interview with Deborah D. Gray about bonding and attachment.

Attachment Answers

Adoptive Families sat down for a Q&A with attachment guru Deborah Gray. When will a parent know a bond is in place? How can working parents solidify their connection with a newly adopted child? We asked these questions and more.

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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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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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Adopting a toddler may be right for your family

Adopting a Toddler

Straddling the line between infancy and autonomy, toddlers experience adoption in unique ways. Here's what you need to know to face the challenge.

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ADVICE & SUPPORT

Foster Adoption

One mother describes her journey to unanticipated foster adoption.

“From Foster to Adoptive Parent”

As foster parents, you open your hearts and home to a child even as you're preparing to reunite her with her birth mother.

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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

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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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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International

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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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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Talking

A child learns about adoption birth stories.

“Was I Alone in the Hospital?”

Seeing where she was born—where she stayed with her birth mom and where we met her—gave my daughter greater confidence in her adoption story.

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Help your child create her own adoption lifebook.

Child-Created Lifebooks

Even if you've made a scrapbook or lifebook for your child, kids this age like to tell their own stories. Here's how to help.

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A child learns about adoption birth stories.

“Was I Alone in the Hospital?”

Seeing where she was born—where she stayed with her birth mom and where we met her—gave my daughter greater confidence in her adoption story.

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Prepare your preteen for some insensitive comments about adoption

It’s All Relative!

Nothing brings out a tween's awkward side like a holiday family gathering. What can you do to help?

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Talking about adoption to your adopted child

Telling the Tough Stuff

Here's how to tell your child the difficult facts about his adoption in positive, age-appropriate ways...and how to keep the conversation going.

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Transracial

A parent talks about race with his transracially adopted child

When Your Child is of a Different Race

If you build a positive self-image for your child, he'll be able to thrive in a world that is not always fair.

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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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A parent talks about race with his transracially adopted child

When Your Child is of a Different Race

If you build a positive self-image for your child, he'll be able to thrive in a world that is not always fair.

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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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Modern Families

Holidays & Celebrations

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