The mementos we gathered during our long adoption stay have meant a great deal to our daughter as she grows up.
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.
Planning an adoption shower for an internationally or domestically adopted toddler or older child? Here’s what to ask for.
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.
While I acknowledge that the word carries only a hint of the day's complicated meaning, to me, "Gotcha" says it all.
Readers share their registry experiences—and tell us which companies have adoption-friendly options.
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.
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.
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.
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?;
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?
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.
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.
Adoption can’t be finalized until after marathon of post-placement visits and termination of parental rights. Here’s what to expect before, during, and after the hearing.
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.
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.
When their adoption date was uncertain, our readers took the opportunity to celebrate with their children in tow. Here, they share their experiences.
Seventeen of us crowded into the court as witnesses to my nephew’s finalization, bringing an end to 10 years spent in foster care—10 years of waiting for this day.
The moment I felt I became Eva's forever mother and for Eva, adopted from the Ukraine, being my forever daughter.
We asked AF readers to share their child’s adoption announcements, and we were stunned by the creativity shown in your responses. These are a handful of our favorites.
We asked our readers: "What did you do to welcome your child into your family?" Here are some of the letters we received!