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.

Adopting From China

“Breaking New Ground”

“Breaking New Ground”

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?

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

How to Prepare for Parenthood

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.

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Domestic adoptive parents can travel all over to get to their child

Domestic Adoption Travel 101

Tips for — and from — domestic adoptive parents on preparing for the emotional journey to meet your child.

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Lobbying for employee adoption benefits can be as easy as an email

How to Lobby Your Employer for Adoption Benefits

For working people who want to adopt, the need to take time off without pay may put adoption beyond your financial means.

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Adoptive parents share their stories naming their adopted child.

What’s in a Name? For an Adopted Child, A Lot!

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.

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Announcing your adoption can be done through a letter to family and friends

Announcing Your Decision to Adopt

A letter can deliver the news to loved ones in efficiently and affectionately. The key is to communicate how thrilled you are about adopting.

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preparing for adoption during the wait

Preparing for Your Child During the Wait

The very best way to occupy your time while you wait for your child is to learn everything you can about raising adopted children, and to prepare for any eventuality.

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