Adoption Showers, Adoption Day Celebrations, and More


Celebrate the way your family came together with an adoption shower or family tradition to honor your child’s adoption day.

party blowers and confetti to celebrate at an adoption shower

Parents Share: Celebrating with an Adoption Shower

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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A young couple picks out adoption day gifts for their daughter.

Adoption Day Gifts From Russia, with Love

The mementos we gathered during our long adoption stay have meant a great deal to our daughter as she grows up.

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Adoption Shower for Toddlers or Older Children

Planning an adoption shower for an internationally or domestically adopted toddler or older child? Here’s what to ask for.

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An adoptive mom stands in front of a pile of Christmas gifts

“Santa’s Dilemma”

This year, we've vowed to cut back at Christmas. Well, perhaps it wasn't a vow, but at least a serious intent to try. Then again, they are children for such a short time.

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"What 'Gotcha Day' Means to My Family"

“What ‘Gotcha’ Means to My Family”

While I acknowledge that the word carries only a hint of the day's complicated meaning, to me, "Gotcha" says it all.

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Which baby gift registry is best? Our readers share

“Which Baby Gift Registry is Best?”

Readers share their registry experiences—and tell us which companies have adoption-friendly options.

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Readers' most treasured family photographs

Capturing Our Favorite Family Photographs

We asked readers about your most treasured photos from your trips to the hospital or country where your children were born. Here are some of the most meaningful scenes and stories you shared from your adoption journeys.

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photo shared by an adoptive mom, capturing her first skin-to-skin with her new baby

Parent-to-Parent: My Favorite Adoption Memory

Adoptive parents and adoptees share their favorite adoption memories from the past year, including first Mother's Days, finalizing adoptions, and gaining access to open records.

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parents share their favorite gifts they received after adopting

Parent-to-Parent: Gifts for New Parents Through Adoption

From time to bond to a scrapbook from the orphanage to IKEA furniture (and assembly!), parents share their favorite gifts they received after adopting their child.

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Teaching Kids Manners

Teaching Kids to Say Thanks

What do you do when your three-year-old announces that he doesn't like the new socks your mother gave him as a gift? Or he's too busy devouring a cookie to show his appreciation for it?;

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Family Holiday Traditions

Share Your Story: Holiday Traditions

We asked the Adoptive Families Reader Panel: How do you integrate your child's culture of origin and/or adoption story into your family's holiday rituals?

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How Did You Word Your Adoption Announcement?

Did you create a custom announcement, or adapt a pre-printed template? There are so many questions when sharing the news of your new family member. Our readers explain what they included.

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Healing adoption trauma through a special birthday event

“Re-Celebrating My Daughter’s First Nine Birthdays”

My daughter's tenth birthday was the first birthday party she'd ever had. Here's how and why we decided to redo all the others.

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In this personal essay, one mother explains why "Gotcha Day" can be offensive for adoptees.

“Getting Rid of ‘Gotcha Day'”

What do you call the day your adoptive child came home? In this personal essay, one mother explains why "Gotcha Day" can be offensive for some adoptees.

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An adoption shower present

Showered with Love

Whether you feel most comfortable holding it after completing your dossier, or when you receive your referral — an adoption shower is a wonderful way to celebrate your growing family.

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Our readers share their adoption shower stories.

Domestic Adoption Showers

When their adoption date was uncertain, our readers took the opportunity to celebrate with their children in tow. Here, they share their experiences.

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“A Christening Ceremony”

The moment I felt I became Eva's forever mother and for Eva, adopted from the Ukraine, being my forever daughter.

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