The Process

A woman stares out the window, contemplating the different types of adoption.

Share Your Story: Choosing a Route

Share Your Story: Choosing a Route

We asked our reader panel: "How, and why, did you choose between the different types of adoption?" This is what they shared.

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A couple having an adoption argument

Did Your Family Include a Reluctant Spouse?

Four years ago, my husband and I were happily raising our two daughters by birth when I decided that I was ready to adopt a son of a different race. My husband was content with our family as it was, and I struggled to give him the time he needed to think about adopting.

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adoption home study tips

Parent-to-Parent: Home Study Anxiety

The homestudy is a stressful experience for any prospective adoptive parent, but it can be especially nerve-wracking for those with health concerns or youthful indiscretions. Our readers offer advice on getting through this stage of the adoption process.

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Adopting From China

“Breaking New Ground”

In the days leading up to a second adoption, a mother worries: Are we about to turn our lives upside down? How will our daughter handle losing her position at the center of our attention? Will I be able to make room in my heart for another child?

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Waiting to Adopt

“The Longest Mile”

One woman'It's been almost five months and my husband and I are still in labor. The pregnancy was even longer-twelve months. When will this baby come, we ask ourselves.

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Parent-to-Parent: Celebrating the Holidays While Waiting for Your Child

Parents share their experiences of celebrating the holidays while still waiting for their adoptions to be finalized.

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parents share how they prepared for their adoption home study

Parent-to-Parent: Preparing for the Adoption Home Study Visit

Real parents share how they prepared for the adoption home study visit with a social worker, offering helpful tips and some funny stories.

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A prospective adoptive mom reading adoption websites on her laptop computer

“Logging On for Love”

Many of us wonder if the Internet is the adoption wave of the future. Here's one family's story.

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what can you say to comfort a family that's waiting to adopt?

Parent-to-Parent: What Does a Family Want to Hear While Waiting to Adopt?

Waiting to adopt is hard, especially when the wait stretches on for years. Real parents share the words that comforted them and got them through their waits.

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