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Bonding Over the Family Photo Album

Finding Belonging in Pictures

Finding Belonging in Pictures

After adopting older children, these parents found that maintaining a family photo album was a useful tool to encourage bonding.

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"Front Porch Children" - Foster Parent essay by Keri Collinsworth

“Front Porch Children”

Being a foster parent is not for the faint of heart. Your heart swells, loves, breaks, and heals with each placement—and it is all, every moment of it, worth it.

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"We Are All Adopted," by Veronica Chenik Gilmore

“We Are All Adopted”

From my own search for my roots through adopting older children from foster care, life has taught me to treasure my children’s biological connections while knowing that we don’t have to look alike to belong together.

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Browsing baby stores helps my adopted teen and I bond and talk about the years we missed out on as mother and daughter

“Bonding with My Teen in the Baby Department”

My daughter came to me at nine years old, so neither of us knows what she looked like as a baby, but walking these aisles is a way for us to recreate what we both lost.

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Relative Adoption Niece

“An Unexpected Family”

For eight years, my wife and I watched our chances of having a baby evaporate. Then our eleven-year-old niece came to live with us, bringing with her a bittersweet deliverance.

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helping adopted children adjust

“The Dog Who Came to Stay”

"Moments after bringing our new puppy home, I understood that raising this dog would begin to create a history for our new daughter, would lodge her firmly within our family. A family pet conjures notions of family ties, of belonging."

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family bedsharing

“Sleeping Together as a Family”

At night, each of this mother's three children wanted to be with mom.

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Adoption Relationships

Keeping Our Children Connected

"We visit and communicate directly with their foster family. These efforts help our sons build and sustain important relationships. They have already experienced too much loss and grief in their young lives."

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effects of adoption on adoptees

Do Adoptees Struggle with Change and Transition?

"My daughter has greater difficulties with transitions than her friends who were born into their families. If we know a transition is coming, we prepare."

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Interview with Deborah D. Gray about bonding and attachment.

Deborah Gray on Attachment

Adoptive Families sat down for a Q&A with attachment guru Deborah Gray. When will a parent know a bond is in place? How can working parents solidify their connection with a newly adopted child? We asked these questions and more.

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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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Toddler adoption can be tricky

“Will I Ever Be Able to Love This Child?”

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?

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Bonding with a second baby isn't always easy

“Not Love at First Sight”

When I became the mother to two, and then three, I learned that you can't love all your children in the same way. But you can love them the same amount.

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One mother's story of post-adoption depression.

“Do I Love Him Yet?”

Before adopting an older child, I had never heard of post adoption depression. That's why it never crossed my mind when I had trouble attaching to my son.

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A mother starting the attachment cycle with her son

25 Ways to Nurture Hurt Children

How do you nurture a child who repels nurturing? Start with these practical ideas.

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