Last September, after a Saturday morning of shopping with my mother, we stopped for a frozen yogurt. Around 12:15 P.M. I got a call from Kelly Jacobson, a contact at our agency. I presumed it was something volunteer related, as I had been helping out at the agency, so I calmly answered the phone.
Navigating the Adoption Process
Find expert guidance and personal stories on navigating the adoption process—from choosing your adoption agency or team of professionals to completing the home study to surviving the wait as a hopeful adoptive parent.
After 10 years, my husband and I were starting to doubt we’d ever be parents. But when the phone rang, I knew it was “The Call.”
I always knew I wanted to grow my family through adoption.
Whether or not I believe in a higher being, and whether or not I frequent a house of worship, is a terrible predictor of what kind of parent I’ll be.
You’ve made the decision to adopt. How do you tell friends and family? Use the following letters as guides when composing your own.
After months of waiting, you finally get "the call." But is your home really ready for a baby?
My insurance company is refusing to cover medical expenses for my new child. Help!
Waiting can be brutal, but there are some benefits. Take it from someone who endured 30 months before she got to hold her son.
In an interstate domestic adoption, it’s not always clear-cut which state’s laws will apply to the process. An adoption attorney explains how to determine “choice of law.”
What is important when choosing an adoption pediatrician? Our adoption medicine expert has answers.
View the replay of a webinar with social worker Stella Gilgur-Cook, LCSW, to learn about the adoption home study process and hear answers to commonly asked questions from prospective adoptive parents.
Special rules may apply if a child you’re adopting has any Native American or Alaskan Native heritage. Here’s what prospective parents need to know about the Indian Child Welfare Act, and what steps to take if ICWA applies.
A white rocking chair helped us through many sleepless nights during the wait, and through many happy memories after we brought our son home.
We surveyed our reader’s feelings on specifying gender when adopting. Here’s what real adoptive parents had to say.
Finding an adoption professional can be difficult. Here are some tips to help with your research.
Even parents who adopt domestically need to travel. Are you ready for the journey?
After a few highly publicized cases where birth fathers contested adoptions, some states are taking a stand.
The most terrifying part of adoption was having to prepare for two conflicting futures.
How parents-to-be can survive failed expectant mother matches, changes to country programs, foster placements that do not lead to adoption, and other potential heartaches along the way.
Open communication can help create positive relationships with family and friends.