Search Results: November/December 2012

One mother writes a letter to her younger self about surviving infertility and moving on to adoption.

“Dear Infertility Patient”

From a woman who finally became an adoptive mother after a decade of trying, here are a few things I wish someone had told me years ago.

An adopted teen with healthy relationships with extended family

Relating to Relatives

There's much parents can do to help their teens feel they belong within the larger family network.

A newly formed family walking down the street, after the parents successfully navigated realtionships with expectant mothers

“Waiting for a Girl Like You”

A few years after marrying the man of my dreams, I was surprised to once again feel like an insecure single woman, willing the phone to ring.

A sign post pointing in different directions, representing choice between adoption and surrogacy

“Becoming an Intended Parent”

Deciding on gestational surrogacy and navigating the complex process involves listening to your heart and your brain at the right times.

Older child adoption stories and advice

What I Wish I Had Known

After the initial adjustment stages, parents who adopt older kids often say, "Why didn't someone tell me that?" Here are eight of the lessons families I've worked with over the past 25 years have learned.