After years of disappointment, adopting couples have a hard time believing that parenthood is just around the corner. But now is the time to get ready.
Over the years, an open adoption arrangement may need to evolve to accommodate the changing needs of everyone involved — above all, the child.
An open adoption arrangement may be buffeted by passing time and changing circumstances. Here's how to make your relationship endure.
Let what your child can understand about adoption guide what you tell him about his story.
Sure, they bicker, they fight, they tease each other mercilessly. But they’re also creating vital relationships that will last a lifetime.
By tuning in to what children understand about adoption at different ages, our talks become richer, more intimate, and ultimately more effective.
If we're white, we experience many benefits of unearned status because we're "the norm." But adoptive families are not considered the norm. Now what?
Many experts say that out of birth order adoption is a bad idea. Yet, there are many ways to make it work for your family.
If you look like your child, you may be spared inquisitive glances or nosy questions about adoption from strangers. But that doesn't mean you don't have to discuss the topic.
Family members, friends, and other parents can use our adoption experiences to broaden their children’s sphere of understanding.
Conventional wisdom says not to adopt a child out of birth order. Yet there are many reasons why this choice may be right for you — and many ways to make it work.
Holiday celebrations are supposed to be joyous, but they can be a minefield of mixed emotions.
Raising adoption awareness at school can protect your child from thoughtless remarks and benefit classmates, teachers, and the school community. Just be sure to tread lightly and respect boundaries, especially your child’s.
Parents always celebrate when a new child joins their family. But adoptive moms and dads might want to mark their blessed event with a meaningful ceremony beyond the usual festivities.
Life's transitions can be hard on children. Here's how to help your child develop his own ways to cope.
A family value statement can build strong bonds and see you through both good times and bad.
Our culture isn't always compassionate toward those who fall outside the "norm." But we can help our children embrace their uniqueness — and become more tolerant, too.
How do parents know when a child's behavior is related to adoption, and when it's not?
As adolescents become capable of abstract thinking, they begin to wonder about the family and the country left behind — and the road not taken.
Nosy comments from strangers are one thing. But what do you do when it's a child who's asking difficult questions?