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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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Your Adoption Budget Checklists

All adoptions, wherever from and via whatever method, include a home study, the process where a social worker checks that you are eligible to adopt. After that, budget items vary.

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adoption terms

Glossary of Adoption Terms

As you work on your adoption, never hesitate to ask your social worker, attorney, or adoption agency, “What exactly do you mean by that?”

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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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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[Book Review] The Year She Left Us

Kathryn Ma's ambitious debut novel tackles race, identity, and "luck" as an adopted Chinese girl living with a Chinese-American family.

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Bonding

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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Returning to work after adoption is possible with proper childcare

Back to Work?

New adoptive parents have special concerns when it comes to child-care choices. Here's how to make an informed decision.

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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 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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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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ADVICE & SUPPORT

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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Register for the Parenting the Hurt Child Webinar with Regina Kupecky on 3/9/16

Parenting the Hurt Child Webinar on 3/9

Register now for the webinar “Parenting the Hurt Child,” on 3/9/16. Regina M. Kupecky, LSW, will guide parents in understanding a newly adopted older child’s behavior and discuss what will work (and what to avoid) to help him heal and attach.

Domestic

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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Adoption Law: At the Hospital

An adoption attorney explains the legal steps surrounding your child's birth when you adopt domestically.

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State Adoption Law Updates, Winter 2016

State adoption laws are always changing. Read up on the latest update.

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International

Cover of The Year She Left Us

[Book Review] The Year She Left Us

Kathryn Ma's ambitious debut novel tackles race, identity, and "luck" as an adopted Chinese girl living with a Chinese-American family.

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Fear of Developmental Delays

“Bringing Him Home”

Adoption is opening your heart to a baby, then waiting six months to meet him. Adoption is worrying about who rocks him at night, then hoping someone just comes when he cries. Adoption is squeezing your eyes and ears shut when people tell you what happens in Eastern European institutions.

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An adoption story book example

A Tale to Treasure

Follow these pointers to capture your child’s adoption story in a personalized picture book.

An adoption story book example

A Tale to Treasure

Follow these pointers to capture your child’s adoption story in a personalized picture book.

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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Teaching Racial Awareness to Children

To the White Parents of My Black Son’s Friends

But here’s the thing—as much as we can try to protect him and teach him to protect himself, there may come a time when your child will be involved. As the parents of the white friend of my black son, I need you to be talking to your child about racism.

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Answering Tough Questions

As your teen's thinking becomes more sophisticated, she'll want to know more about her adoption.

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Transracial

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

Peers & Friendships

Modern Families

Holidays & Celebrations

Learn how to celebrate the Chinese New Year

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Learn how to celebrate Chinese New Year and welcome the year of the Monkey with your family on February 8, 2016.

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