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Waiting

What to Look For in a Post-Adoption Check-Up

Post-Adoption Check-Ups

When you bring your child for their first post-adoption check-up, what should the doctor be looking for?

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

How to Prepare for Parenthood

After years of disappointment, adopting couples have a hard time believing that parenthood is just around the corner. But now is the time to get ready.

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

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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Mother bonding with new infant

The First Weeks Home with Your Baby

Essential baby care and bonding tips to help your newly adopted child — and yourself — connect and thrive.

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In this personal essay, one mother explains why "Gotcha Day" can be offensive for adoptees.

“Getting Rid of ‘Gotcha Day’”

What do you call the day your adoptive child came home? In this personal essay, one mother explains why "Gotcha Day" can be offensive for some adoptees.

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Defining motherhood

“How Do You Define Motherhood?”

To many people, sharing DNA and giving birth are the prerequisites to being a "real" mom. As my children's mommy, I know better.

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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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Foster Adoption

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.

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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Talking

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 guide on how to make adoption scrapbooks.

Adoption Scrapbooks: A Link to the Past

An adoption scrapbook lets parents and children create a sense of history and of belonging.

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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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Openness

A family in an open adoption

“Moving Past a Miscommunication in Our Open Adoption”

14 years into our open adoption, we've learned that conflicts can occur, as in any family. Here's how we moved past one sticky situation when our son's birth mother sent him a check in the mail.

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A family in an open adoption

“Moving Past a Miscommunication in Our Open Adoption”

14 years into our open adoption, we've learned that conflicts can occur, as in any family. Here's how we moved past one sticky situation when our son's birth mother sent him a check in the mail.

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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


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Health & Development

Skin care is important for all children.

Healthy from Their Skin In

A dermatologist advises on caring for the skin and hair of a transracially adopted child.

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Family Dynamics

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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