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.

Trust and Fear of the Unknown in Adoption

“What Will This Baby Be Like?”

A mother shares the "new, unexpected, and amazing" attributes of her adopted son, of which no one talked about at the start of their adoption journey.

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“Journey Towards Love: Mimi and her Grandfather”

For months a mother tried to convince her dad that he could be a grandparent to the little girl she was bringing home. It took the child considerably less time to bring him around.

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A woman at an airport, adopting while pregnant

“Through the Glass”

When people learned I was pregnant, they were surprised that I was still planning to adopt.

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A mother suffering from post-adoption depression

Baby Shock: Dealing with Post-Adoption Depression

Your beloved child is home! You should be joyful, happy, ecstatic. But instead you're tired, frustrated, and overwhelmed. What's happening?

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Adoptive Motherhood

“Making Time for My Daughter…and Myself”

I have been doing poorly at the job that's the most important in the world to me–being a good mother to my daughter. I accepted my current position in part so I could afford things for her, such as private school. Now I find myself robbing her of the things that mean the most: my time and attention and patience.

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