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Waiting

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 child eating and overcoming food insecurity

Healing from Food Insecurity

If your child is prone to overeating or hoarding food, help her move past her food insecurity with these tips.

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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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One mother writes a letter to her younger self about surviving infertility and moving on to adoption.

“Dear Infertility Patient”

From a woman who finally became an adoptive mother after a decade of trying, here are a few things I wish someone had told me years ago.

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One family's story

“I Want the Same Hubbub That Surrounds Pregnancy!”

When I announced our adoption plans, I hoped for the same kind of excitement that pregnant women get. After all, the happiness we're expecting is the same.

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Welcome Home

12 bottle feeding facts for adoptive parents

12 Essential Bottle Feeding Facts

Read these 12 essential steps for bottle feeding your adoptive baby, from the type of nipple to knowing when he's had enough.

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12 bottle feeding facts for adoptive parents

12 Essential Bottle Feeding Facts

Read these 12 essential steps for bottle feeding your adoptive baby, from the type of nipple to knowing when he's had enough.

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Our readers share their adoption shower stories.

Domestic Adoption Showers

When their adoption date was uncertain, our readers took the opportunity to celebrate with their children in tow. Here, they share their experiences.

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An adoptive parent choosing a child's name

Parent-to-Parent: What’s In a Name?

On our Facebook page, we asked readers, How did you choose your child's name? Did you have input from his birth family? Or did you keep her original name? Here's what you said:

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Growing up in foster care meant moving a lot

“Hand-Me-Downs: Growing Up in Foster Care”

People kept taking us, a threesome of foster kids, into their homes. But we never stuck.

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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

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

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

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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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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Adjusting to a new sibling.

Helping Your Child Understand a New Sibling

How to prepare your child for a new sibling.

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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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Openness

A happy birth mother reunion

“Seeing My Daughter’s ‘Happily Ever After’”

My daughter, Rubie, has the kind of life I'd dreamed of for her, and is where she belongs. I only wish I had known that sooner.

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Transracial

Talking About Race and Adoption

“Do You Ever Mind It?”

I tell prospective adoptive parents to take a good, hard look at their social circles, their neighborhoods, their churches, their communities and think about how those places and spaces will look and feel to their child. I ask them what they’ll say when their kids hear slurs and taunts from bullies, and how they will answer tough questions about the persistence of racism and a playing field that is far from level.

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Talking About Race and Adoption

“Do You Ever Mind It?”

I tell prospective adoptive parents to take a good, hard look at their social circles, their neighborhoods, their churches, their communities and think about how those places and spaces will look and feel to their child. I ask them what they’ll say when their kids hear slurs and taunts from bullies, and how they will answer tough questions about the persistence of racism and a playing field that is far from level.

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Health & Development

Family Dynamics

School

An adopted child considers his family tree

A Forest of Family Trees

Inclusive assignments help your grade-schooler, as well as her classmates, learn about their lives and the world around them.

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