When a child is adopted from foster care at an older age, he needs to understand his story up to placement and the significance of his joining a new family forever. Here are hands-on activities you can use to start this conversation.
Our older child adoption expert explains what works, and what is sure to fail when disciplining your child.
Would it really be possible to fill out my daughter’s hazy memories by typing names into a search engine?
When Christopher joined our family at age three, I had to set aside my tried and true parenting methods in favor of the sort of nurturing he'd never known.
Straddling the line between infancy and autonomy, toddlers experience adoption in unique ways. Here's what you need to know to face the challenge.
My daughter was eight years old in the referral photo we received during the international adoption process. That's the oldest photo she will ever have of herself.
By the time we adopted a teenager from foster care, we were veteran parents and thought we were prepared for what lay ahead. Who would have expected our new son to teach us a thing or two?
There was no time for fun in the orphanage. But at home in America, four-year-old Jesse discovered water balloons, trampolines — and his inner Hercules.
How do you nurture a child who repels nurturing? Start with these practical ideas.
At first, we envisioned welcoming a baby into our home. But we soon discovered that adopting older children was right for us.
When you adopt an older child who pushes you away in anger, you learn a different way to parent, to give love without immediately receiving it in return.
A mom and her daughter share lessons learned about older child adoption.
The cruelest parts of infertility? Having to attend baby showers, coo over ultrasound pictures, and being told it’s “God’s will” that you’re still childless.
"How can we explain birth family's drinking or drug use?" Older child adoption expert Gregory Keck, Ph.D. answers a reader's question.
When the first few weeks of parenthood were rocky, I found myself worrying: Did we adopt a child I'll never be able to love?
When a sibling arrives at an older age or with emotional challenges, everyone will benefit from realistic expectations — and patience.
People kept taking us, a threesome of foster kids, into their homes. But we never stuck.
In an excerpt from her guide to enjoying family meals, our childhood feeding specialist explains how to show your foster or adopted children love through food.
Answers to your parenting questions.
The movie Pinocchio resonates in the heart of our adopted daughter, Emma.