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How Do You Respond to “How Long Did It Take You to Adopt?”

We asked our readers: How do you respond when someone asks you how long it takes to adopt? Read the answers from adoptive parents.

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Share Your Story: Announcing Your Decision to Adopt

We polled our newsletter subscribers, "How did you tell your extended family about your decision to adopt?" Here's what some of you said.

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A Helping Hand Through the Foster Adoption Process

Have you considered growing your family through adoption from U.S. foster care, but don’t know where to begin? Contact the experts at AdoptUSKids for personalized guidance and the reassurance that “you don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent.”

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“Adopting From Russia…Again?”

One thing led to another, and we became—unexpectedly—twice blessed.

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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

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Yes, You Can Breastfeed

Now you need to decide if it's right for you and your family.

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Yes, You Can Breastfeed

Now you need to decide if it's right for you and your family.

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Adoption Day Gifts From Russia, with Love

The mementos we gathered during our long adoption stay have meant a great deal to our daughter as she grows up.

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Adoption Shower for Toddlers or Older Children

Planning an adoption shower for an internationally or domestically adopted toddler or older child? Here’s what to ask for.

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ADVICE & SUPPORT

Foster Adoption

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A Helping Hand Through the Foster Adoption Process

Have you considered growing your family through adoption from U.S. foster care, but don’t know where to begin? Contact the experts at AdoptUSKids for personalized guidance and the reassurance that “you don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent.”

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Online Adoption Resources for Prospective Parents

Our recommendations for online adoption resources — from government sites to attorney directories — selected by the editors of Adoptive Families magazine.

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Domestic

A woman plays with her child after sharing her adoption decision with her family

Share Your Story: Announcing Your Decision to Adopt

We polled our newsletter subscribers, "How did you tell your extended family about your decision to adopt?" Here's what some of you said.

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Female hands, writing blogs on adoption or infertility

Online Adoption Resources for Prospective Parents

Our recommendations for online adoption resources — from government sites to attorney directories — selected by the editors of Adoptive Families magazine.

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A baby who was adopted domestically travels home in a car seat

Parent-to-Parent: My Best Domestic Adoption Travel Advice

If you traveled domestically to adopt, what's one piece of advice you can give others as they prepare to do the same? See parents' answers.

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International

Two siblings play together in the yard after being adopted.

“Adopting From Russia…Again?”

One thing led to another, and we became—unexpectedly—twice blessed.

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“You Have Thousands of Angels Around You”

How one young woman lost her family, survived a war, escaped two continents, and through the kindness of strangers found a lifelong home in Atlanta.

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Talking

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Adoption Workshops: A Place Where Kids Can Share

Sometimes our children learn from one another. Adoption classes offer them a special environment to do just that.

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author Eden Roth as a baby and now, as an adult Chinese adoptee

“Finding Peace Through the Adoptee Community”

The Chinese adoptee community moved across oceans, grew up in interracial families, and is now navigating young adulthood. We hold a special place in history—but long to know our own personal beginnings.

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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Two girls work together on a project during adoption classes.

Adoption Workshops: A Place Where Kids Can Share

Sometimes our children learn from one another. Adoption classes offer them a special environment to do just that.

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hourglass and calendar to measure how long it takes to adopt, how to respond when people ask

How Do You Respond to “How Long Did It Take You to Adopt?”

We asked our readers: How do you respond when someone asks you how long it takes to adopt? Read the answers from adoptive parents.

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Transracial

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8 Smart Diversity Strategies

Use these tips for building cultural diversity for children in your family, community, and school.

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8 Smart Diversity Strategies

Use these tips for building cultural diversity for children in your family, community, and school.

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Health & Development

Family Dynamics

School

A teen adoptee graduates from high school before going to college

3 Tasks for College-Bound Adoptees

"Going to college provides the time and distance for young adult adoptees to experiment with and sort out their own interests and self-expectations."

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Peers & Friendships

A boy stands alone and thinks about adoption issues in adolescence

The Wrong Crowd?

An adolescent's peers may tell you something about their inner life.

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Modern Families

Holidays & Celebrations

Readers share the holiday gifts they exchange with their children's birth families, including homemade ornaments, photos, and other ideas.

Parent-to-Parent: Holiday Gifts for Your Child’s Birth Family

We asked our readers: If you'll be giving your child's birth parents a gift this holiday season, what is it and how will you give it to them? Read the answers from adoptive parents.

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