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Adoption Cost and Timing Report

Each year, Adoptive Families polls newly formed families across the country to get actual information on the cost and length of time it took them to complete their adoptions. We are grateful to every one of you who took our most recent Adoption Cost & Timing Survey.

An Adoptee Explains Choosing Adoption

“I’m an Adoptee and Adoptive Parent”

My daughters and I have something important in common. We share the experience of joining a family through adoption.

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The ICPC: An Updated Overview

When you adopt a child from a different state, you’ll need approval under the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children before traveling home. Here’s what you need to know about this process.

One foster mom shares her flan recipe

Music, Food, and Love!

One foster-turned-adoptive-mother shares how cooking brings her family together.

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Ecuador Adoption Fast Facts

Wondering how to adopt from Ecuador? Find statistics, prospective parent requirements, personal stories, and more resources.

Bonding

Which baby gift registry is best? Our readers share

“Which Baby Gift Registry is Best?”

Readers share their registry experiences—and tell us which companies have adoption-friendly options.

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When her daughter came home, she saw her fears about adoption attachment were unfounded.

“Loving My Daughter, A Country Apart”

I didn't travel to meet my new daughter. But nothing could stop me from becoming Maura's mommy.

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Which baby gift registry is best? Our readers share

“Which Baby Gift Registry is Best?”

Readers share their registry experiences—and tell us which companies have adoption-friendly options.

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Laurie Shiers with her husband and son adopted from Thailand

“Awake at Last”

Sometimes love comes easy. Other times, it must be earned. This is the story of how I let go of my preconceived ideas about bonding and motherhood and became brave enough to trust my heart.

Teens Alejandro and Rosanna, adopted as older children from foster care

“Letting the 13-Year-Old Drive”

How do you empower a child entering his teen years in a state of defeat, powerlessness, and utter self-disregard? You give him a key and tell him to take off!

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ADVICE & SUPPORT

Foster Adoption

One foster mom shares her flan recipe

Music, Food, and Love!

One foster-turned-adoptive-mother shares how cooking brings her family together.

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Domestic

parents travel home with their newly adopted baby after getting ICPC clearance

The ICPC: An Updated Overview

When you adopt a child from a different state, you’ll need approval under the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children before traveling home. Here’s what you need to know about this process.

A parent bonding with adopted baby

Share Your Story: Domestic Adoption and Attachment

We asked our readers: Before your adoption, were you concerned about bonding with your baby? After your newborn came home, what parenting techniques did you practice that enhanced attachment?

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Looking for Adoption History Using the Internet

Searching for Answers…with Google?

The Internet requires a cautious approach when teens are looking for answers about adoption.

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An Adoptee Explains Choosing Adoption

“I’m an Adoptee and Adoptive Parent”

My daughters and I have something important in common. We share the experience of joining a family through adoption.

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Creating a Personal History for Your Adopted Child

Creating a History for Your Teen During Infancy

What we record now about our child will help him or her later in the difficult teen task of forging a positive identity.

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Looking for Adoption History Using the Internet

Searching for Answers…with Google?

The Internet requires a cautious approach when teens are looking for answers about adoption.

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Parents who adopted transracially share how they explain questions and comments from strangers about adoption to their children.

Parent-to-Parent: Explaining Attention and Questions from Strangers

When you and your child don't look alike, the world wants to know why. Parents who adopted transracially share how they explain strangers' questions and comments to their children.

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Parents who adopted transracially share how they explain questions and comments from strangers about adoption to their children.

Parent-to-Parent: Explaining Attention and Questions from Strangers

When you and your child don't look alike, the world wants to know why. Parents who adopted transracially share how they explain strangers' questions and comments to their children.

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Parents who adopted transracially share how they explain questions and comments from strangers about adoption to their children.

Parent-to-Parent: Explaining Attention and Questions from Strangers

When you and your child don't look alike, the world wants to know why. Parents who adopted transracially share how they explain strangers' questions and comments to their children.

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An African-American girls plays with two dolls that reflect her race

Dolls and Toys for Our Families

We asked readers, “Have you found any dolls or other toys that reflect your child’s race and/or birth culture that you would specifically recommend?” Here are the top picks.

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Health & Development

How to Defuse Teen Anger in Adoptees

Defusing Your Teen’s Explosive Moods

It can be easier for adopted teens to express anger than the emotions that are often behind it: vulnerability, weakness, or uncertainty. Help your adolescent deal with these complex feelings in more effective ways.

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“Anniversary”

One year after my daughter came to live with me from foster care, the memory was still too bittersweet for her. But today, two years after becoming mother and daughter, we are ready to celebrate.

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