Author Archives: Isolde Motley

A family formed by adoption for same sex couples

Adoption Basics for Single Parents or Same Sex Couples

Adoption Basics for Single Parents or Same Sex Couples

When non-traditional families are making the decision to adopt, the first questions they often have are, "How will my identity impact my adoption?"

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Deciding to Adopt: What About Birth Families?

“We cannot build healthy relationships with our children on secrecy and lies—and this includes lies of omission.”

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adoptees on adoption

Will We Live Happily Ever After? 15 Adoptees on Adoption

My experience is that families are families, period. It doesn’t matter if the people in the family share DNA. It doesn’t matter if kids have come from their mother’s bodies or not. Kids are kids, and parents are parents.

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Is This Normal? Speech Delays, Learning Disabilities, and Complications

What do I do if my child has emotional, behavioral, or academic problems?

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Who has to know my child was adopted? Her doctor, for one.

Who Needs to Know Your Child’s Adoption Story?

Should I tell my child's doctor she was adopted? What about her school?

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Father and child talking about the adoption story

Parents Share: Creating Our Child’s Adoption Story

Parents share how they impart and strengthen their child's adoption story.

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Talking About Adoption with Your Adopted Child: FAQs

What Do I Tell My Child?

Speaking about birth history helps all family members get used to the words and narrative, and lets your child know that he or she can always come forward with questions and emotions about birth parents.

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A blended family understanding the basics of open adoption

The Basics of Open Adoption

What is "open adoption" — and what might it mean for your family?

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Playing with your child is a key component of our guide to bonding

An Age-by-Age Guide to Bonding

No matter how old your child is when she comes home, learn how to boost her attachment and connect her to her new family.

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preparing for adoption during the wait

Preparing for Your Child During the Wait

The very best way to occupy your time while you wait for your child is to learn everything you can about raising adopted children, and to prepare for any eventuality.

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