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Your Adoption Budget Checklists

All adoptions, wherever from and via whatever method, include a home study, the process where a social worker checks that you are eligible to adopt. After that, budget items vary.

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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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Register for the Parenting the Hurt Child Webinar with Regina Kupecky on 3/9/16

Parenting the Hurt Child Webinar on 3/9

Register now for the webinar “Parenting the Hurt Child,” on 3/9/16. Regina M. Kupecky, LSW, will guide parents in understanding a newly adopted older child’s behavior and discuss what will work (and what to avoid) to help him heal and attach.

Bonding

A woman holds her newly adopted baby.

Surprising Post-Adoption Emotions

When you finally bring your child home, yes, you will feel elated. But many new adoptive moms and dads are surprised by the complex emotions that can sit on the outskirts of that joy — from lingering sadness about infertility to echoes of failed matches to becoming a parent literally overnight.

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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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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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A woman holds her newly adopted baby.

Surprising Post-Adoption Emotions

When you finally bring your child home, yes, you will feel elated. But many new adoptive moms and dads are surprised by the complex emotions that can sit on the outskirts of that joy — from lingering sadness about infertility to echoes of failed matches to becoming a parent literally overnight.

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After our Bulgarian adoption, Jesse became a superhero

“How Jesse Learned to Play”

There was no time for fun in the orphanage. But at home in America, four-year-old Jesse discovered water balloons, trampolines — and his inner Hercules.

ADVICE & SUPPORT

Foster Adoption

Register for the Parenting the Hurt Child Webinar with Regina Kupecky on 3/9/16

Parenting the Hurt Child Webinar on 3/9

Register now for the webinar “Parenting the Hurt Child,” on 3/9/16. Regina M. Kupecky, LSW, will guide parents in understanding a newly adopted older child’s behavior and discuss what will work (and what to avoid) to help him heal and attach.

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

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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Children adopted via domestic adoption are healthy and happy

The Truth About Domestic Adoption

Domestic adoption in the United States has undergone a seismic shift in the last 30 years. When will popular perceptions catch up with the new, healthier reality?

International

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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How to Make Sure Your International Adoption Succeeds

What goes wrong in international adoptions — and how can you help yours go through?

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Talking

Pregnancy and birth talks don't need to be about the stork!

Answering Kids’ Questions About Reproduction

Kids' questions about sex are a tad more complicated when adoption is involved. Here, our experts give you the answers you need.

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Pregnancy and birth talks don't need to be about the stork!

Answering Kids’ Questions About Reproduction

Kids' questions about sex are a tad more complicated when adoption is involved. Here, our experts give you the answers you need.

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Who has to know my child was adopted? Her doctor, for one.

Who Needs to Know Your Child’s Adoption Story?

Should I tell my child's doctor she was adopted? What about her school?

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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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Transracial

How to talk about racial bias with your kids.

Breaking the Racial Sound Barrier

In a society that considers "color-blindness" a noble attitude, parents may worry about talking about racism, but we must do it. Here's how.

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How to talk about racial bias with your kids.

Breaking the Racial Sound Barrier

In a society that considers "color-blindness" a noble attitude, parents may worry about talking about racism, but we must do it. Here's how.

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Modern Families

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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