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A couple having an adoption argument

Did Your Family Include a Reluctant Spouse?

Did Your Family Include a Reluctant Spouse?

Four years ago, my husband and I were happily raising our two daughters by birth when I decided that I was ready to adopt a son of a different race. My husband was content with our family as it was, and I struggled to give him the time he needed to think about adopting.

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Af has a conversation about white parents adopting black children

Adopted and Black in Middle America

Michelle Johnson, 38, adopted by white parents and raised in suburban Minneapolis, recently spoke with AF about her experiences.

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A girl with ADHD looks down.

Why Girls with ADHD Go Undiagnosed

ADHD is not a male disorder, and yet "most people have the misperception that it's a disorder of hyperactive elementary school-aged boys," says Patricia Quinn, M.D., a developmental pediatrician and director of the National Center for Gender Issues and ADHD in Washington, D.C. So why are girls diagnosed so much later than boys, if at all?

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A dna string, used in dna testing for adoptees

What’s the Deal with DNA Testing?

As genetic testing continues to make headlines, more parents are wondering whether a simple cheek swab can teach them something about their child. We help you sort the facts from the hype.

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Sleep problems in adopted children

Parent-to-Parent: Sleep Problems

We asked our readers, "What sleep problems did you encounter after you adopted your child, and how did you handle them?" Here's what they said.

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parents share their favorite gifts they received after adopting

Parent-to-Parent: Gifts for New Parents Through Adoption

From time to bond to a scrapbook from the orphanage to IKEA furniture (and assembly!), parents share their favorite gifts they received after adopting their child.

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adoption home study tips

Parent-to-Parent: Home Study Anxiety

The homestudy is a stressful experience for any prospective adoptive parent, but it can be especially nerve-wracking for those with health concerns or youthful indiscretions. Our readers offer advice on getting through this stage of the adoption process.

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Parent-to-Parent: Celebrating the Holidays While Waiting for Your Child

Parents share their experiences of celebrating the holidays while still waiting for their adoptions to be finalized.

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parents share how they prepared for their adoption home study

Parent-to-Parent: Preparing for the Adoption Home Study Visit

Real parents share how they prepared for the adoption home study visit with a social worker, offering helpful tips and some funny stories.

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