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.

A family in court on their 10-year-old son's adoption day from foster care.

“My 10-Year-Old Nephew’s Adoption Day”

“My 10-Year-Old Nephew’s Adoption Day”

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.

A beautiful child's dress worn at a christening ceremony

“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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Our readers share their adoption day celebration traditions.

Adoption Day Celebration

Our readers share how they celebrate the anniversary of their child's adoption and how to balance the celebrations so biological kids don't feel left out.

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An entrustment ceremony can take place in a church like this one

A Bridge of Love: One Family’s Entrustment Ceremony

An entrustment ceremony is an powerful place to embark on our lives as adoptive parents.

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Adoption celebrations are a joyous occasion

Adoption Celebrations for Every Family

When it’s time to celebrate, we take cues from longstanding traditions and blend in rituals created from scratch. The result? Ceremonies as unique as our families.

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An essay on becoming adoptive parents

“Mother’s Day Chocolate”

In one life-changing day, I became a mom. But I took time to savor the sweetness of a dream coming true.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

When the Circle of Family Grows

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.

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adoption announcements

Adoption Announcements

Families who've waited so long for a child are eager to share the news. Families and experts weigh in on language to use and when to send announcements.

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