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.

Supporting Adoptive Parents: A How-To Guide

“Here’s How You Can Support Us”

“Here’s How You Can Support Us”

We may tell you that we are OK when we’re really falling apart. We’re worried that, if we are honest about how difficult parenting through the transition is, you won’t understand and that you’ll think we’re nuts.

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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A grandfather and granddaughter, holding hands

“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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An adoptive mother preparing pet for a new baby

One Big, Happy Family

Your beloved pet may be in for a shock when your baby arrives. How can you help him accept your new addition?

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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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One teen's adoptee story of her fears on adoption day.

“Three Little Words on My Adoption Day”

A decade of disappointing foster care placements made me doubt the two people who had taken me into their hearts.

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Family who is the subject of this foster adoption series

“Our Foster Adoption Journey” — Six-Part Series

Real parents who navigated the Fost/Adopt system successfully write about their rewarding experience in this six-part series.

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An adoptive parent choosing a child's name

Parent-to-Parent: What’s In a Name?

On our Facebook page, we asked readers, How did you choose your child's name? Did you have input from his birth family? Or did you keep her original name? Here's what you said:

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