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?
A list of lists to help you through the adoption process and wait.
Yes, it’s about your new family. But don’t forget to focus on your work life, too.
After years of disappointment, adopting couples have a hard time believing that parenthood is just around the corner. But now is the time to get ready.
Are you prepared to receive the news that you’ve been chosen? If not, here are six things we wish we had known, before we became a family of three.
Tips for — and from — domestic adoptive parents on preparing for the emotional journey to meet your child.
For working people who want to adopt, the need to take time off without pay may put adoption beyond your financial means.
When a child joins a family with his own history, his own culture—his own name—parents may want to look beyond the pages of a baby names book.
In hindsight, these veteran adoptive moms would have done some things differently during the wait — but not others.
A letter can deliver the news to loved ones in efficiently and affectionately. The key is to communicate how thrilled you are about adopting.
You’re ready to adopt, but your spouse is reluctant. How can you get your “other half” (and family members) on board?
We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 expert- and reader-recommended apps for prospective parents and new families.
Do we have to use a lawyer (and pay attorney fees) to change our child’s name?