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A family with African American children

“Teaching My Children That Black Is Beautiful”

I tell my African-American children that they are smart and beautiful because I know that the world may tell them otherwise.

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Special needs adoption can help children find loving homes

Is Special Needs Adoption Right for Your Family?

Why adopt a child with medical special needs? The answers will surprise you and touch your soul.

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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. How long will it take for popular perceptions to catch up with the new, healthier reality?

A family with African American children

“Teaching My Children That Black Is Beautiful”

I tell my African-American children that they are smart and beautiful because I know that the world may tell them otherwise.

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Learn about the adoption transition diet for your child.

The Adoption Transition Diet

Dana E. Johnson, M.D., Ph.D., on introducing new foods and addressing feeding challenges in a newly adopted child.

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adopt out of birth order

The Decision to Adopt Out of Birth Order

Your baby has grown into a delightful, adventuresome preschooler, or perhaps your youngest child is about to enter kindergarten. Life has eased up a bit, and you're thinking of expanding your family. But, rather than choosing to adopt an infant, you're considering an older child. Does it make sense to adopt out of birth order (in this case, a child older than your preschooler)? And will your new addition wreak havoc on your existing family dynamics?

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Formula feeding your adopted baby

Feed Me! Formula Facts

Formulas, nutrition, and feeding — everything you need to know about filling your child's tummy.

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A judge will be there at the finalization of adoption

What to Expect During Your Adoption Finalization

Adoption can't be finalized until after marathon of post-placement visits and termination of parental rights. Here's what to expect before, during, and after the hearing.

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adopt out of birth order

The Decision to Adopt Out of Birth Order

Your baby has grown into a delightful, adventuresome preschooler, or perhaps your youngest child is about to enter kindergarten. Life has eased up a bit, and you're thinking of expanding your family. But, rather than choosing to adopt an infant, you're considering an older child. Does it make sense to adopt out of birth order (in this case, a child older than your preschooler)? And will your new addition wreak havoc on your existing family dynamics?

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When we brought our son home through foster care adoption, he taught us an important lesson.

“Real-World Lessons”: Adopting a Teenager from Foster Care

By the time we adopted a teenager from foster care, we were veteran parents and thought we were prepared for what lay ahead. Who would have expected our new son to teach us a thing or two?

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Foster Adoption

A family with African American children

“Teaching My Children That Black Is Beautiful”

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average cost of a us adoption

Foster Adoption Cost Breakdown

For an overview of the average cost of a U.S. foster adoption, see the categories below. Don't forget that the cost of adoption will be offset by the federal adoption tax credit (unless your income exceeds federal limitations) so make sure to keep detailed records of fees and payments during your adoption process.

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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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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. How long will it take for popular perceptions to catch up with the new, healthier reality?

One child brought through adoptive motherhood, one through biological motherhood

“True Love, Times Two”

I used to wonder whether my love for my son would be more intense if I'd given birth to him. Having a biological child validated the depth of my feelings the first time around.

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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

Learn about the adoption transition diet for your child.

The Adoption Transition Diet

Dana E. Johnson, M.D., Ph.D., on introducing new foods and addressing feeding challenges in a newly adopted child.

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One mother shares her experience after deciding to adopt internationally.

“We Wanted to Adopt White Children”

I chose our route because I didn't feel comfortable adopting outside our race. Six bittersweet years of motherhood have taught me to look beyond appearances.

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Talking

Digital Scrapbooking

Making Memories

Digital scrapbooking is the easy, new way to preserve your memories–and adoptive parents are leading the way!

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Creating an adoption lifebook can help your child understand her story.

Adoption Scrapbooks Made Easy

Tips for capturing the journey leading up to your child's adoption, and the precious moments after, in scrapbook your family will cherish forever.

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Digital Scrapbooking

Making Memories

Digital scrapbooking is the easy, new way to preserve your memories–and adoptive parents are leading the way!

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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. How long will it take for popular perceptions to catch up with the new, healthier reality?

Kids need to piece together their adoption stories

Sharing Difficult Details with Your Child

Experts offer talking tips and sample language for discussing neglect, abuse, abandonment, and other painful parts of your child's adoption story.

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Transracial

Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: How Do We Find Role Models Who Share Our Child’s Race?

We're white and our son is black. I'm ashamed to admit that we do not have any black relatives or friends. Will it seem offensive and shallow if I try to befriend someone simply because they are black?

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Hooray for Heritage!

How do you honor your child's origins? Readers share what they've done, from summer culture camps or taking homeland (or home state) trips, to everyday ways to reinforce ethnic pride.

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Health & Development

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Book Review: Look Who’s Talking!

Curious if your child is ahead of the curve when it comes to language development? Check out this engaging book by Laura Dyer to find out.

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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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