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Waiting

One father's decision on adopting transracially.

“My Decision to Adopt Transracially”

I thought. I researched. I talked. But in the end, it took a leap of faith to adopt across racial lines.

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Adoption Medicine: Choosing a Doctor

Ask the Adoption Medicine Expert: Choosing a Doctor

What is important when choosing an adoption pediatrician? Our adoption medicine expert has answers.

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One father's decision on adopting transracially.

“My Decision to Adopt Transracially”

I thought. I researched. I talked. But in the end, it took a leap of faith to adopt across racial lines.

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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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A happy family after a difficult adoption wait

Wait Gain: How To Deal When the Wait Keeps Growing

Waiting can be brutal, but there are some benefits. Take it from someone who endured 30 months before she got to hold her son.

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Welcome Home

A bedtime routine leads to good sleep

Establishing a Healthy Sleep Routine

Help your child sleep through the night while promoting her attachment to you.

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A bedtime routine leads to good sleep

Establishing a Healthy Sleep Routine

Help your child sleep through the night while promoting her attachment to you.

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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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Bonding with a baby doesn't always happen immediately

“The Fierce Feelings of Motherhood”

In this personal essay, the author reflects on the surprising fierceness of feeling like a mom.

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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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Foster Adoption

A daughter curious about her birth parents

“Googling Her Birth Parents”

Would it really be possible to fill out my daughter's hazy memories by typing names into a search engine?

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Bonding through routines and rituals

Establishing a Routine

When it comes to easing your baby's transition to your home, consistency is key.

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One teen's adoptee story of her fears on adoption day.

“Three Little Words on My Adoption Day”

A decade of disappointing foster care placements made me doubt the two people who had taken me into their hearts.

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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

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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Bonding through routines and rituals

Establishing a Routine

When it comes to easing your baby's transition to your home, consistency is key.

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Talking

A mother sharing her child's adoption story

Is Adoption Sad?

We may feel one way or the other, but it's our kids who must decide.

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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 mother sharing her child's adoption story

Is Adoption Sad?

We may feel one way or the other, but it's our kids who must decide.

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

How to Explain Adoption to Family and Friends

Family members, friends, and other parents can use our adoption experiences to broaden their children's sphere of understanding.

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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 film about birth family search.

Q&A: Bryan and Angela Tucker of Closure

After a lifetime of wondering who? and why?, an adoptee set out to find some answers. The award-winning documentary that follows her birth family search has already sparked thousands of dialogues.

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A film about birth family search.

Q&A: Bryan and Angela Tucker of Closure

After a lifetime of wondering who? and why?, an adoptee set out to find some answers. The award-winning documentary that follows her birth family search has already sparked thousands of dialogues.

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Transracial

A mother teaches her daughter about her heritage

Heritage Starts at Home

How we can help our children feel good about who they are — and where they're from.

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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

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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