The Process


The adoption process for hopeful adoptive parents who are waiting to adopt a child through domestic or international adoption.

Expectant Mother: Rules for Your First Meeting

Your First Meeting with an Expectant Mother

Your First Meeting with an Expectant Mother

For prospective adoptive parents hoping to meet an expectant mother, few situations are more anxiety-inducing than their first encounter. Whether you plan to meet in person or over the phone, knowing ahead of time what questions to ask-and not ask-can reduce your anxiety and help you make the most of this opportunity to obtain information.

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5 Tips for Writing to Expectant Mothers

Keep in mind that your goal is to connect with the right expectant mother for you. Successful adoptions occur when prospective adoptive parents and birth parents make a strong pre-birth connection. So, resist making yourself into something you're not.

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an adoptive mother considers the best adoption advice she would have given herself if she could go back five years

Parent-to-Parent: My Best Advice to Myself

Adoptive parents share the best adoption advice they would give themselves if they could go back five years, whether that would take them back to the adoption process or the early days of parenting.

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A blank birth certificate as parents contemplate an adoption name change

“Should We Keep or Change Our Child’s Name?”

We carefully choose our children's names. But wait—our children will soon have their own ideas about who they are and what they should be called.

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One story of a second adoption.

“The Perfect Season of the Heart”

A father and son find that, in the face of catastrophe, despair, and death, the antidote is life.

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author Lakshmi Iyer with her family, including twins adopted as older infants in an open adoption

“How I Met My Daughters”

I may not remember when I first knew I wanted to be a mother, but the moments leading up to and the first time I saw my daughters are indelibly etched in my memory.

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author Brandy Stein with her twin daughters during an open adoption visit

“Letting Go After Months of Struggling to Parent”

After struggling to parent my twin daughters for ten months, I sadly realized I couldn’t provide them with the stable life I’d envisioned.

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We asked readers: where did you receive adoption help?

Share Your Story: Who Helped With Your Adoption?

We asked AF readers: Did anyone help you with your adoption? Whether it was an adoption agency or attorney or other adoption professional, we want to know how you chose the people who helped you adopt.

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pink baby shoes help keep a spirits up during the wait to adopt

Keeping Your Spirits Up During the Wait

From doing "lasts" as a couple to cleaning out closets and drawers to writing in a journal to their child-to-be, parents share how they remained positive during a long or uncertain wait to adopt.

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