One thing led to another, and we became—unexpectedly—twice blessed.
Bonding and Attachment After Adoption - Advice & Personal Stories
Stories and advice from parents and adoption experts about bonding and attachment with a newly adopted child.
“Adoptive families get to know their children for who they are, something that biological families usually don’t do,” says the author.
When I was a teen, my parents decided to grow our family by adopting from foster care. How did it feel to suddenly gain four new brothers and sisters through adoption?
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.
Few adoptive mothers will tell you that nursing is easy, but almost all will say it’s worth the effort.
We asked our readers, “What sleep problems did you encounter after you adopted your child, and how did you handle them?” Here’s what they said.
There’s no one best diaper for baby. Just choose the one that suits your style.
Waking in the night is very common and can have many causes.
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.
After adopting older children, these parents found that maintaining a family photo album was a useful tool to encourage bonding.
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?;
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.
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.
A single mother who’s adopting a boy from foster care seeks advice on a challenging older child adoption adjustment. Parents who have adopted older children respond.
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.
A parent solicits opinions about a day care that encourages the children to call the employees “Auntie” and the other children “brothers and sisters.”
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.
One mother shares the special memories she has of bonding with her child during breastfeeding, and the book that helped her figure it out.
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.