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.

A baby who was adopted domestically travels home in a car seat

Parent-to-Parent: My Best Domestic Adoption Travel Advice

Parent-to-Parent: My Best Domestic Adoption Travel Advice

If you traveled domestically to adopt, what's one piece of advice you can give others as they prepare to do the same? See parents' answers.

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Adoption Travel Tips for When You (Finally!) Get Your The Call

Your Guide to Adoption Travel

The big day is finally here. Referral or hospital address in hand, you're ready to meet your child. But before you board that plane, learn from our experts (read: adoptive parents) how to make your adoption trip the journey of a lifetime.

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The final hoop to adopting, our adoption dossier

“The Fine Print”

When the mundane tasks required for our dossier get complicated, each one we complete feels like a mini-victory—and reminds me of how much I want to be a dad.

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Which baby gift registry is best? Our readers share

“Which Baby Gift Registry is Best?”

Readers share their registry experiences—and tell us which companies have adoption-friendly options.

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A blank birth certificate as parents contemplate an adoption name change

“Should We Keep or Change Our Child’s Name?”

We carefully choose our children's names. But wait—our children will soon have their own ideas about who they are and what they should be called.

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One story of a second adoption.

“The Perfect Season of the Heart”

A father and son find that, in the face of catastrophe, despair, and death, the antidote is life.

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author Lakshmi Iyer with her family, including twins adopted as older infants in an open adoption

“How I Met My Daughters”

I may not remember when I first knew I wanted to be a mother, but the moments leading up to and the first time I saw my daughters are indelibly etched in my memory.

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author Brandy Stein with her twin daughters during an open adoption visit

“Letting Go After Months of Struggling to Parent”

After struggling to parent my twin daughters for ten months, I sadly realized I couldn’t provide them with the stable life I’d envisioned.

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We asked readers: where did you receive adoption help?

Share Your Story: Who Helped With Your Adoption?

We asked AF readers: Did anyone help you with your adoption? Whether it was an adoption agency or attorney or other adoption professional, we want to know how you chose the people who helped you adopt.

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Readers share: Was your adoption meant to be?

Share Your Story: Was It Fate?

We asked our readers: Do you believe your child was destined for your family? Or does fate have nothing to do with it? Here are your stories.

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pink baby shoes help keep a spirits up during the wait to adopt

Keeping Your Spirits Up During the Wait

From doing "lasts" as a couple to cleaning out closets and drawers to writing in a journal to their child-to-be, parents share how they remained positive during a long or uncertain wait to adopt.

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