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.
A parent solicits opinions about a day care that encourages the children to call the employees “Auntie” and the other children “brothers and sisters.”
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.
"I began to understand what Bianca was going through. She wasn't sure she was ready for a baby sister yet. Was I?"
"A lot of people didn't believe," Ms. Horton said. "But I believe in my child. And his therapist believed."
When parents expect the worst from their children, they often get it.
A noble view of adoption, with me as rescuer, had little to do with the reality of creating a family.
Mix one American couple, one preteen Russian boy, and one summer program…and what do you get? Family.
We’ve been reading a Big Brother book to our three-year-old son (adopted at birth) to prepare him for the arrival of a six-week-old sister.
My seven-year-old daughter, adopted at age three, can’t fall sleep without skin-to-skin contact (stroking her arm or back).
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.
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.
All about the Federal Family Medical and Leave Act: Who is eligible, what protections are provided, and how you can secure your leave.
When a child joins a family with his own history, his own culture—his own name—parents may want to look beyond the pages of a baby names book.
In this personal essay, the author reflects on the surprising fierceness of feeling like a mom.
To many people, sharing DNA and giving birth are the prerequisites to being a "real" mom. As my children's mommy, I know better.
When it comes to easing your baby's transition to your home, consistency is key.
How to recognize and cope with post-adoption depression.
When you finally bring your child home, yes, you will feel elated. But many new adoptive moms and dads are surprised by the complex emotions that can sit on the outskirts of that joy.
When a sibling arrives at an older age or with emotional challenges, everyone will benefit from realistic expectations — and patience.