Adoption Referrals & Expectant Mother Matches


Receiving an international adoption referral or matching with an expectant mother is an exciting step on your adoption process. Learn what to expect in a referral, and how to navigate the match period, in the expert articles and personal stories below.

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Parents Share: Deciding What Age Child to Adopt

Parents Share: Deciding What Age Child to Adopt

From newborns to teens to sibling groups, adoptive parents share the thought process behind their age preferences when adopting.

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“First Words”

We may not have heard our children’s very first words, but we’ve heard many others in our journey through infertility and foster adoption—and now, as family.

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Parent-to-Parent: How to Get Through a Failed Match or Placement?

We asked our readers what advice they would give to a hopeful adoptive parent who just had an adoption situation fall through. Read the answers.

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“Where Were You When You Got The Call?”

It's the moment you'll never forget. Here adoptive parents share the story of the most desired of all adoption situations, that all-important phone call...

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Author Lisa Emmerich and her husband with their three biological children and newborn son through domestic adoption

“Uncharted Territory”

Sometimes, you go somewhere expecting it to be totally different, and it ends up seeming familiar. I had that feeling as I led a group of students on a trip to China—and then again, back home, as we met an expectant mother.

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Should Adoptive Parents Be Able to Choose Gender?

Share Your Story: Choosing a Gender

We asked our readers: should adopting parents be allowed to choose gender? This is what real parents shared about their decisions.

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Author Jessica Wagner with her family after her uncertain waits to adopt

“Waiting on a Dream”

Matched out of the blue with an expectant mother, we were told the next call might come within days. But as the wait stretched to weeks and then months, I despaired—would our dreams ever come true?

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“Caught on Camera: Our Surprise Adoption Match”

Have you ever been at a baby shower where they play a home video of the mother-to-be surprising her partner with news of her pregnancy? As we grappled with infertility, my wife and I hated those videos, even as we desperately hoped for one of our own.

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Adoption Travel Tips for When You (Finally!) Get Your The Call

Your Guide to Adoption Travel

The big day is finally here. Referral or hospital address in hand, you're ready to meet your child. But before you board that plane, learn from our experts (read: adoptive parents) how to make your adoption trip the journey of a lifetime.

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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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Readers share: Was your adoption meant to be?

Share Your Story: Was It Fate?

We asked our readers: Do you believe your child was destined for your family? Or does fate have nothing to do with it? Here are your stories.

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“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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