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“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.

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adoption after infertility

From Infertility to Adoption

“After four years of fertility treatments, a friend recommended that we attend an adoption seminar. My husband and I weren’t open to adoption, but we decided to go. The hour-and-a-half seminar changed our lives forever.”

Adoptive Families Webinar: "Adopting When You're Already Parenting"

Webinar Replay: Adopting When You’re Already Parenting

View the replay of the “Adopting When You’re Already Parenting” webinar. Beth Friedberg, LCSW, explore questions that arise the second time around, from deciding on birth order to preparing your child for a sibling, and more.

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?

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.

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“And Now We Are Three”

Mix one American couple, one preteen Russian boy, and one summer program...and what do you get? Family.

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Bonding

Bringing Home a New Baby

Bringing Home a New Baby

Ease your baby's transition into your home by caring for her feeding and sleeping needs.

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Bringing Home a New Baby

Bringing Home a New Baby

Ease your baby's transition into your home by caring for her feeding and sleeping needs.

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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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Relative Adoption Niece

“An Unexpected Family”

For eight years, my wife and I watched our chances of having a baby evaporate. Then our eleven-year-old niece came to live with us, bringing with her a bittersweet deliverance.

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Browsing baby stores helps my adopted teen and I bond and talk about the years we missed out on as mother and daughter

“Bonding with My Teen in the Baby Department”

My daughter came to me at nine years old, so neither of us knows what she looked like as a baby, but walking these aisles is a way for us to recreate what we both lost.

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ADVICE & SUPPORT

Foster Adoption

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.

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Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Defining Special Needs

Are all children from foster care considered “special needs,” and, therefore, eligible for the full adoption tax credit?

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

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“And Now We Are Three”

Mix one American couple, one preteen Russian boy, and one summer program...and what do you get? Family.

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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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Talking

Parents weigh in on talking with the teacher about adoption

Parent-to-Parent: Talking with the Teacher About Adoption

Parents weigh in on talking with their child's teacher and sharing resources at the start of a new school year.

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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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Talking with my five-year-old about adoption after questions from a peer at the beach

“Sweet Sand”

After a late-summer day at the beach led to wistful new questions, this mom learned that talking about adoption with her child isn't always straightforward.

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Parents weigh in on talking with the teacher about adoption

Parent-to-Parent: Talking with the Teacher About Adoption

Parents weigh in on talking with their child's teacher and sharing resources at the start of a new school year.

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25 Children’s Books That Showcase Diversity

Kids need to be able to find characters who look like them in the books on their shelves. Here are some of our favorites that provide that powerful affirmation.

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Health & Development

Family Dynamics

School

Rethinking the Family Tree and Other Tough Assignments

Rethinking the Family Tree and Other Tough Assignments

School projects that focus on family or personal history can be challenging or painful for children who were adopted. Learn why, and what you can do to create a more inclusive environment for the entire class.

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