Heritage trips help children discover their past — and influence who they become. Here, one adoptee describes his journey back to his birth country of Colombia.
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.
By contributing squares filled with a prayer, blessing, hope, or dream, my friends and family became part of our adoption.
Janis Cooke Newman asks herself, "Am I overdoing this adoption thing?"
Food has always drawn my family together. While I wait for my daughter, I'll begin reaching out to her in the best way I know — through cooking.
We had our fair share of disagreements over adopting for the first time. Now that we're moving forward to a second adoption, not much has changed.
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.
Why should we miss out on the breath-holding, tiny-onesie-admiring, pink-and-blue joy of anticipating parenthood?
Learning to love my "barnacle" baby wasn't easy.
A mother is surprised at her tears when, standing in a courtroom, that last bit of red tape comes unstuck.
Our open adoption allows us to share the love we have for our daughter with her birth parents.
My new child opened up my apartment — and my world — to a new group of friends.
They'll each face different issues in their lives. But my daughters will get through them together, as real sisters.
On the long journey to adoption, a journal can record the milestones and detours, as well as your first rush of love for your child.
As we marched through the approval process, my nerve was steady, my spirits high. But my fingertips failed me.
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.
A temporary stay-at-home dad muses on the finer points of baby care.
Sometimes, bonds in adoption form so instantly, so mysteriously, you just wonder how you ever got this lucky…
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.
A mother weaves a strand between her child's Guatemalan heritage and her Arab ethnicity.
As she prepares for the adoption of her third child, the author knows it is not just she who must be ready, but also the 9-year-old girl she's fallen in love with.