One Family’s Story
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.
Adoption travel is often one of the biggest categories of the total cost of adoption, thanks to multiple or extended trips to an international destination, or the wait for termination of birth parent rights in a domestic adoption. But families can save hundreds of dollars on travel costs.
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.
The wait seemed endless. To fill the days — and focus my hopes — I painted, sanded, stenciled, and gradually gave shape to our baby’s place in our home.
It's tough to wait another year, especially during the holiday season. Here are some strategies that will help you until your child arrives.
By contributing squares filled with a prayer, blessing, hope, or dream, my friends and family became part of our adoption.
As we marched through the approval process, my nerve was steady, my spirits high. But my fingertips failed me.
We were told that our daughter was six when she was adopted, but she seems much younger. Is there a medical test to determine her age accurately?
We had our fair share of disagreements over adopting for the first time. Now that we’re moving forward to a second adoption, not much has changed.