During the process to adopt from the foster system, we faced a series of delays. But, at the end, we found a love that was worth the wait.
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.
“Adopting through foster care felt like a roller-coaster ride, but we knew that we were on the right path.”
I just adopted as a single parent. What should I do to protect the rights of myself and my child?
With fost-adopt, I didn’t need to own a home or have $50,000 in the bank to become a parent.
An attorney explains how to ensure that your parent-child relationship is recognized under U.S. law after an international adoption.
“The baby we’re adopting may have been exposed to drugs in utero. What does this mean for our child?”
How did I fill my time during the wait? By filling a bookcase for our child-to-be.
When we adopted our son’s biological sister, it felt both eerily similar and completely different.
We had only been “active” with our adoption agency for two months. So when my husband went on a camping trip with no cell reception, we thought, “What could go wrong?”
When an expectant parent chooses to be represented by an attorney, it is important for all of the parties in the adoption to understand that the role of the attorney is to advocate for his client. Our adoption law expert explains.
What do parents need to know about medical history when adopting a foster child?
After my dream of a family through adoption had been planted, it grew in the warm soil of my backyard.
Adoptive Families readers share the when, what, and how of announcing their decision to grow their families.
What do we need to know about naming our child?
We’ve decided to adopt an older child. We have two children now, and we’re wondering how best to integrate our new child into the family. What’s your advice?
The mementos we gathered during our long adoption stay have meant a great deal to our daughter as she grows up. by Susan Staunton
My infertility was in the past. But was I ready to laugh at immature teenage jokes about adoption?
A reader asks how to write a great adoption reference letter that her friend will show to prospective birth mothers.
Answers to your parenting questions.
I was terrified that telling our social worker I'd been diagnosed with bipolar disorder would end our dream of having a child.