Over decades as a foster and adoptive parent and an adoption social worker, I have mothered and supported hundreds of children. Each one has taught me more than I passed along to them. Here is just some of that wisdom.
Bonding with Your Baby After Adoption
Expert advice for parents on child care and bonding with their baby after adoption, as well as stories from adoptive parents who have been there.
While it might have been “just hair” to me, the emotions were far more tangled for them, with roots deep into the history of oppression between our two peoples.
Now you need to decide if it's right for you and your family.
Coming to parenthood on equal terms lets my husband and me appreciate the experience all the more.
Adoptive moms are passionate about their baby carriers. We asked for your favorites and here's what you said.
Guess who's coming with moms and dads on the adoption trip? Their moms and dads!
Your guide to identifying medical problems common to internationally adopted children.
The Safe Baby is an easy-to-follow resource that will give busy parents — adoptive or otherwise — peace of mind.
After finally realizing my dream of becoming a mother, I found what most new parents find—along with the bliss come days filled with crying, spit-up, and leaking diapers. But when I dared to vent, I was chided: “You wanted to adopt…you asked for this!”
I didn't travel to meet my new daughter. But nothing could stop me from becoming Maura's mommy.
We carefully choose our children's names. But wait—our children will soon have their own ideas about who they are and what they should be called.
In "Naming Madison", Dawn Friedman argued in favor of keeping her daughter's birth name. We asked our readers: Should adoptive parents choose their child's name?
Sometimes love comes easy. Other times, it must be earned. This is the story of how I let go of my preconceived ideas about bonding and motherhood and became brave enough to trust my heart.
What if I don’t love this child the same as I love the others? This question is probably every pre-adoptive parent’s most secret worry. Here are the words that reassured me.
We asked our readers: Before your adoption, were you concerned about bonding with your baby? After your newborn came home, what parenting techniques did you practice that enhanced attachment?
When you're in the process of adopting an infant, there are things you should know about your potential pediatrician. Start with these top queries.
One thing about parenthood is practically guaranteed. If your new baby gets sick, it will be in the middle of the night...in a snowstorm. Be prepared with these must-have items.
One thing led to another, and we became—unexpectedly—twice blessed.
"Adoptive families get to know their children for who they are, something that biological families usually don't do," says the author.
Few adoptive mothers will tell you that nursing is easy, but almost all will say it's worth the effort.