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.

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Sample Insurance Letter for International Adoptees

Sample Insurance Letter for International Adoptees

Adapt this letter to your child's situation.

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Mastering Spring Rolls Before I Adopt A Baby From Vietnam

“First Paperwork, Then Spring Rolls”

Food has always drawn my family together. While I wait for my daughter, I'll begin reaching out to her in the best way I know — through cooking.

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Getting through major holidays can be tough when waiting to adopt

Celebrating the Holidays While You Wait

It's tough to wait another year, especially during the holiday season. Here are some strategies that will help you until your child arrives.

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“A Quilt for my Daughter”

By contributing squares filled with a prayer, blessing, hope, or dream, my friends and family became part of our adoption.

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Fingerprints got in the way of adopting from South Korea

“Tripped Up During the Adoption Process By…My Fingerprints?”

As we marched through the approval process, my nerve was steady, my spirits high. But my fingertips failed me.

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