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Ask AF: Should We Try to Adopt Our Children’s Biological Sibling?

Ask AF: Should We Try to Adopt Our Children’s Biological Sibling?

“Our children have a younger sibling in a different foster home. Should we fight to get custody of this child, whom we’re told has a strong bond with her foster parents and foster siblings, or leave things be?”

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Parents Share: Deciding What Age Child to Adopt

From newborns to teens to sibling groups, adoptive parents share the thought process behind their age preferences when adopting.

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“How We Bonded with Our Child”

All prospective adoptive parents wonder whether they'll be able to attach to heir newborn baby before adoption. AF readers describe their concerns—and what they did to alleviate them.

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How Parents Can Encourage Language Skills

About 10% of children have speech and language difficulties. Help your child develop these skills with these five tips.

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Conversation Starters About Adoption: Children’s Books

A good storybook can be a great way to start an adoption discussion with a child. We asked our Reader Panel to tell us their favorite books for talking with their preschoolers.

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Parents Share: What My Child’s Friends Want to Know About Adoption

Parents share the questions their children have been asked by friends and classmates over the years, from being in an orphanage to whether they know their "real" parents.

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Books and articles to help explain racism to kids

Books and Articles for Introducing Race and Racism to Children

Want more resources on instilling a positive racial and cultural identity in kids, educating kids about racism, and learning more about your child's ethnic heritage—and the stereotypes that accompany it? Start here.

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Parents Share: “Our Open Adoption Over the Years”

Adoptive moms and dads share how their open adoptions have changed over time — whether they became more or less open, and why.

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AF Interviews Melissa Fay Green

Interview with Melissa Fay Green

The adoptive mom and critically acclaimed author talks about her adoption of two brothers from Ethiopia, the AIDS crisis in Africa, and Haregewoin Teferra, the foster mother at the center of her book, There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Her Country's Children.

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An adoptive mom cuddles with her newly adopted baby to promote bonding

Parents Share: “My Best Bonding Advice”

Adoptive moms and dads share their best advice for bonding with a newly adopted child, from taking time off to never leaving a child to cry it out at night.

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Reading List: Learn About Your Child’s Birth Country

These books can help your child connect with her birth culture. Add your family's favorites in the comments!

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Parents Share: Celebrating with an Adoption Shower

Adoptive parents who welcomed their child home with an adoption shower share when they celebrated and their favorite part of the joyous occasion.

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