Author Archives: Carrie Howard

A dad with his children after deciding to adopt a second child.

Deciding on a Second Child

Deciding on a Second Child

More might be merrier, but the family dynamic is sure to change.

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Adopting From China

“Breaking New Ground”

In the days leading up to a second adoption, a mother worries: Are we about to turn our lives upside down? How will our daughter handle losing her position at the center of our attention? Will I be able to make room in my heart for another child?

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A child overcoming a speech delay

Talk to Me! — Treating Speech Delays in Adopted Children

Concerned about your child's speech or language development? About 10 percent of all children have difficulties in this area. But early intervention can turn the most reluctant talker into a chatterbox.

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Adopting an older child can be rewarding

“What We Wish We Had Known”

Looking back, I began the journey of adopting an older child somewhat naively. My daughter and I agree that these seven truths could have made our path to happy a little bit easier.

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What families should consider when searching for birth families

Searching for Birth Families

Parents who look for their child’s birth family abroad are ushering in a new openness in international adoption. Many say the decision to search requires careful thought.

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Adoption celebrations are a joyous occasion

Adoption Celebrations for Every Family

When it’s time to celebrate, we take cues from longstanding traditions and blend in rituals created from scratch. The result? Ceremonies as unique as our families.

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A family formed through gay adoption

The Dream of a Family

All kinds of couples, even LGBT couples, are turning to adoption to build their forever families.

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Singing to my daughter helped with our bonding process

“Bonding with My Daughter Through Song”

When I vowed that my child would get as many bedtime songs as she wanted, I hadn't counted on this particular child's determination.

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