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Ecuador Adoption Fast Facts

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

adoption announcement

How Did Your Word Your Adoption Announcement?

Did you create a custom announcement, or adapt a pre-printed template? There are so many questions when sharing the news of your new family member. Our readers explain what they included.

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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?

"Front Porch Children" - Foster Parent essay by Keri Collinsworth

“Front Porch Children”

Being a foster parent is not for the faint of heart. Your heart swells, loves, breaks, and heals with each placement—and it is all, every moment of it, worth it.

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Timing of elective surgery

When Should You Schedule Surgery?

You may want to postpone elective surgery until your child has been home for four to six months.

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ecuador adoption

Ecuador Adoption Fast Facts

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

Bonding

Bonding Over the Family Photo Album

Finding Belonging in Pictures

After adopting older children, these parents found that maintaining a family photo album was a useful tool to encourage bonding.

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Teaching Kids Manners

Teaching Kids to Say Thanks

What do you do when your three-year-old announces that he doesn't like the new socks your mother gave him as a gift? Or he's too busy devouring a cookie to show his appreciation for it?;

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Bonding Over the Family Photo Album

Finding Belonging in Pictures

After adopting older children, these parents found that maintaining a family photo album was a useful tool to encourage bonding.

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"Front Porch Children" - Foster Parent essay by Keri Collinsworth

“Front Porch Children”

Being a foster parent is not for the faint of heart. Your heart swells, loves, breaks, and heals with each placement—and it is all, every moment of it, worth it.

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adopting from foster care

“Someone to Count On”

Four years ago, I legally became a mother. The adoption day was no less special because I had already been parenting Danielle for 15 months. On that day, I truly claimed my daughter. No one could take her away.

Domestic

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

Timing of elective surgery

When Should You Schedule Surgery?

You may want to postpone elective surgery until your child has been home for four to six months.

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Heritage Travel

“You’ve Got to Have Friends”

My daughter’s fascination with China was matched by her pleasure at sharing the return trip with friends who’d made the same journey.

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Conscience development

Conscience Development in Preschoolers

Many children in foster care have delays in conscience development. A few have no conscience. It is important that parents understand conscience development and identify ways to facilitate growth in this area.

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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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An adoptive mom shares her thoughts about being told "There's still hope" for her to get pregnant

“Adoption Is Not Second Best”

Near-strangers feel compelled to tell me about friends who got pregnant after adopting and say, “There’s still hope….” But I don’t hope for a biological child; I hope for a healthy relationship with my two kids.

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Adopting From China

“Breaking New Ground”

In the days leading up to a second adoption, a mother worries: Are we about to turn our lives upside down? How will our daughter handle losing her position at the center of our attention? Will I be able to make room in my heart for another child?

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Adopting From China

“Breaking New Ground”

In the days leading up to a second adoption, a mother worries: Are we about to turn our lives upside down? How will our daughter handle losing her position at the center of our attention? Will I be able to make room in my heart for another child?

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