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Waiting

Parents waiting to be chosen for a domestic adoption wonder why a birth mother hasn't chosen them.

“When Will an Expectant Mother Pick Us?”

During the long wait for an adoption match, friends and family may be sympathetic, but they don’t understand the anxiety that leads you to question every aspect of your adoption profile — and yourself.

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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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Lists can help while preparing for adoption

10 Lists to Help You Prepare for Adoption

A list of lists to help you through the adoption process and wait.

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Lists can help while preparing for adoption

10 Lists to Help You Prepare for Adoption

A list of lists to help you through the adoption process and wait.

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Parents waiting to be chosen for a domestic adoption wonder why a birth mother hasn't chosen them.

“When Will an Expectant Mother Pick Us?”

During the long wait for an adoption match, friends and family may be sympathetic, but they don’t understand the anxiety that leads you to question every aspect of your adoption profile — and yourself.

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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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12 bottle feeding facts for adoptive parents

12 Essential Bottle Feeding Facts

Read these 12 essential steps for bottle feeding your adoptive baby, from the type of nipple to knowing when he's had enough.

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Our readers share their adoption shower stories.

Domestic Adoption Showers

When their adoption date was uncertain, our readers took the opportunity to celebrate with their children in tow. Here, they share their experiences.

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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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“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.

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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

An adoption story book example

A Tale to Treasure

Your child's adoption story is a tale you'll want to tell over and over. Why not put words (and pictures) to paper? Follow these pointers to create a personalized picture book that's guaranteed to become your child's favorite bedtime read.

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An adoption story book example

A Tale to Treasure

Your child's adoption story is a tale you'll want to tell over and over. Why not put words (and pictures) to paper? Follow these pointers to create a personalized picture book that's guaranteed to become your child's favorite bedtime read.

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Adopted teens can use birth parents as a weapon when they're upset

Responding to “My Real Mom Would Let Me!”

When they're angry at us, teens may bring up the subject of birth parents. Here's how to answer calmly.

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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

Transracial

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

The Other Side of Privilege

If we're white, we experience many benefits of unearned status because we're "the norm." But adoptive families are not considered the norm. Now what?

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Support your child's ethnic heritage

When Children Deny Their Heritage

A strong connection to role models and to others who share their ethnic background is as important now as ever.

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

The Other Side of Privilege

If we're white, we experience many benefits of unearned status because we're "the norm." But adoptive families are not considered the norm. Now what?

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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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