Q: My husband and I are working through the domestic adoption process and are trying to educate ourselves as much as possible now that we’ve entered the wait. We would like to find a pediatrician sooner rather than later in our process to have someone to help guide our decisions and inform us on what…
Preparing for Parenthood Through Adoption
Prospective parents can stay busy during the wait to adopt by preparing to travel, thinking about names, planning for adoption leave (or lobbying their employer for this benefit), and more.
Step 1: "Forget everything you've heard about how impossible or hard it is to adopt." Read this, and other pearls of wisdom from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Adoption.
Sometimes, you go somewhere expecting it to be totally different, and it ends up seeming familiar. I had that feeling as I led a group of students on a trip to China—and then again, back home, as we met an expectant mother.
Much like the trimesters of pregnancy, I moved through phases of worry, disbelief, and pure joy while I waited to adopt.
We asked our Reader Panel: Outside of your immediate family, who was the first person you told about your decision to adopt, and how did you tell them?
Sometimes it's not just those unfamiliar with adoption who are misinformed.
Our recommendations for online adoption resources — from government sites to attorney directories — selected by the editors of Adoptive Families magazine.
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.
A father and son find that, in the face of catastrophe, despair, and death, the antidote is life.
Babies are demanding little creatures whose needs for food and dry diapers and cuddling and comforting rarely occur only during the day. Here’s how adoptive parents can get ready.
A hopeful adoptive mother who’s just started the adoption wait is ready to nest and get the baby’s room ready—but her husband wants to wait. Parents who have been there offer advice.
Adopting a second child is a big step. Here's some been-there, done-that wisdom from parents to help you decide.
An older mom who’s enjoyed the relative freedom of parenting teens is nervous about readjusting to more hands-on parenting when she adopts a young child. Parents who have been there offer advice.
We asked our reader panel to describe the books they find most helpful to prospective adoptive parents. Here are some of their favorites.
Some international adoption regulations require pre-adoption education for prospective adopters. Do you think this is a good idea? What kind of preparation did you have? Would you do anything differently?
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?
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.
Take steps to babyproof your home now—before your baby is able to get into trouble.
What is an adoption assistance program?