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.

What you need to know when building nontraditional families.

Building “Nontraditional” Families

Building “Nontraditional” Families

Our legal expert explains what gay, lesbian, and single parents need to know when building their nontraditional families during the process of adopting.

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A cartoon image of a waiting adoptive mom with a clock over her heart

“An Expectant-Adoptive Mom”

While I was waiting to be matched, I tried to step out of the shoes of "adoptive mom" and into the shoes of "birth mom."

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The ICPC is an important part of the adoption process.

ICPC & Domestic Adoption

The ICPC aims to facilitate cooperation between states and to ensure the placement of children in safe and suitable homes.

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One woman describes her foster-to-adopt journey.

“Waiting for Joseph”

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.

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A family after adopting infants through foster care

“Adopting Infants Through Foster Care”

"Adopting through foster care felt like a roller-coaster ride, but we knew that we were on the right path."

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Happy mother and her son through foster adoption

“Fostering Love”

With fost-adopt, I didn’t need to own a home or have $50,000 in the bank to become a parent.

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How one woman survived the wait for placement.

“Collecting Children’s Books Carried Me Through the Wait”

How did I fill my time during the wait? By filling a bookcase for our child-to-be.

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A negotiation for direct placement adoption

What Does the Expectant Mother’s Attorney Do?

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.

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Waiting families have made gardens to pass the time

“Gardening Through the Adoption Wait”

After my dream of a family through adoption had been planted, it grew in the warm soil of my backyard.

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AF readers offer tips on announcing your adoption plans.

“We’re Adopting!” How to Announce Your Decision to Friends and Family

Adoptive Families readers share the when, what, and how of announcing their decision to grow their families.

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