Four years ago, my husband and I were happily raising our two daughters by birth when I decided that I was ready to adopt a son of a different race. My husband was content with our family as it was, and I struggled to give him the time he needed to think about adopting.
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.
Expectant mothers considering adoption don’t receive adequate options counseling, finds a new Donaldson Adoption Institute study that surveyed 223 birth mothers.
A prospective adoptive parent shares her feelings of sadness as the holidays approach while waiting to adopt. Parents who have been there offer advice.
The homestudy is a stressful experience for any prospective adoptive parent, but it can be especially nerve-wracking for those with health concerns or youthful indiscretions. Our readers offer advice on getting through this stage of the adoption process.
In the days leading up to a second adoption, a mother worries: Are we about to turn our lives upside down? How will our daughter handle losing her position at the center of our attention? Will I be able to make room in my heart for another child?
"It's been almost five months and my husband and I are still in labor. The pregnancy was even longer—twelve months. When will this baby come, we ask ourselves."
Parents share their experiences of celebrating the holidays while still waiting for their adoptions to be finalized.
Real parents share how they prepared for the adoption home study visit with a social worker, offering helpful tips and some funny stories.
Many of us wonder if the Internet is the adoption wave of the future. Here's one family's story.
Waiting to adopt is hard, especially when the wait stretches on for years. Real parents share the words that comforted them and got them through their waits.
Hepatitis B is a contagious virus that can be passed from a mother to a baby at or around the time of birth. It can also be passed from one child to another in an orphanage, through blood or body fluids.
Adapted from an article by Deborah Borchers, M.D.
View the replay of the “Adopting When You’re Already Parenting” webinar. Beth Friedberg, LCSW, explore questions that arise the second time around, from deciding on birth order to preparing your child for a sibling, and more.
“We’re just beginning the adoption process, and are waffling between excitement—and terror. Is this normal?”
Make sure your infant or toddler is getting the care he needs.
Take steps to babyproof your home now—before your baby is able to get into trouble.
What kind of referral information will I receive about a child available for adoption, and how do I assess it?
My wife has ongoing health problems, but they are not debilitating. Will this be a factor in the home study?
When I was a teenager, I was convicted of driving under the influence. It was a long time ago and I am long past those drinking days. Do I need to tell the social worker about it?
I am thinking about adopting, but the idea of a home study makes me nervous. What is it, and do I need to be concerned?