The Post-Adoption Adjustment for New Siblings, First-Time Parents, and More


Adoption brings changes to any family. Experts and parents offer advice on helping siblings adjust, getting used to parenthood, and more.

Behavior Problems in Adoptive Children

Positive Parenting for Behavior Problems

Positive Parenting for Behavior Problems

When parents expect the worst from their children, they often get it.

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“And Now We Are Three”

Mix one American couple, one preteen Russian boy, and one summer program...and what do you get? Family.

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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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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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Adoptive parents share their stories naming their adopted child.

What’s in a Name? For an Adopted Child, A Lot!

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.

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Bonding with a baby doesn't always happen immediately

“The Fierce Feelings of Motherhood”

In this personal essay, the author reflects on the surprising fierceness of feeling like a mom.

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Defining motherhood

“How Do You Define Motherhood?”

To many people, sharing DNA and giving birth are the prerequisites to being a "real" mom. As my children's mommy, I know better.

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A woman holds her newly adopted baby.

Surprising Post-Adoption Emotions

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.

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A new sibling through older child adoptionmay change the family dynamic

When the New Brother or Sister Is Not a Baby

When a sibling arrives at an older age or with emotional challenges, everyone will benefit from realistic expectations — and patience.

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The decision to return to work after adopting

“Getting Past Working-Mom Guilt”

A new mother learns that she can go back to work and still retain the title of "Mom."

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