Real Adoption Stories


Adoptive Families’ collection of personal adoption stories, written by adoptive parents, adoptees, birth parents, and others touched by adoption. We hope the stories will make you nod your head in recognition, help you reminisce, make you laugh—or fight back tears—and encourage and inspire you on your adoption journey.

How to manage rivalry with an adoptive sister.

“Adopting a Baby Sister”

“Adopting a Baby Sister”

Our preteen biological daughter felt some jealousy of the baby we adopted internationally, but, for the most part, we've all settled into our new roles.

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The Carneys' adoption finalization

“The Final Step”

A mother is surprised at her tears when, standing in a courtroom, that last bit of red tape comes unstuck.

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A photo sent to birth parents

“Someone Who Shares My Joy”

Our open adoption allows us to share the love we have for our daughter with her birth parents.

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Marie Howe with her daughter, after adopting from China

“The Open Door”

My new child opened up my apartment — and my world — to a new group of friends.

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Two loving sisters, one with special needs

“Raising Our Daughters, Special Needs and All”

They'll each face different issues in their lives. But my daughters will get through them together, as real sisters.

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Fingerprints got in the way of adopting from South Korea

“Tripped Up During the Adoption Process By…My Fingerprints?”

As we marched through the approval process, my nerve was steady, my spirits high. But my fingertips failed me.

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Anna's family helped her though her birth mother reunion

“A Last-Minute Birth Mother Reunion”

Heritage trips help children discover their past — and influence who they become. Here, one family describes their journey back to their child's birth country of Korea.

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Singing to my daughter helped with our bonding process

“Bonding with My Daughter Through Song”

When I vowed that my child would get as many bedtime songs as she wanted, I hadn't counted on this particular child's determination.

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Paula Hajar's son learns about his cultural heritage

“Connecting with a Culture”

A mother weaves a strand between her child's Guatemalan heritage and her Arab ethnicity.

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