How to Adopt a Child: Learn About Becoming a Parent Through Adoption


Would you like to become a parent through adoption? Learn how to adopt a child, and how the process differs from international to domestic to foster adoption.

Two siblings in foster care stand outside together

Brotherly (and Sisterly) Love in Foster Care

Brotherly (and Sisterly) Love in Foster Care

When the courts place children in foster care, siblings have only each other to turn to and count on.

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The Opher Shapiro family

“Our Journey to China to Adopt Our Daughter”

We left our house this morning a family of three, but the next time we walk through our front door, it will be as a family of four.

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A man holds his baby after adopting a child of a different race.

Are You Considering Transracial Adoption?

If your family is thinking about adopting a child of a different race, spend some time answering these six questions to help determine if it's right for you.

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Susan Belfiore with her family that she met as an orphanage volunteer before becoming their adoptive mother.

“Beyond All Expectations”

She went abroad intending to be an orphanage volunteer—and came back a mother.

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The Kremlin in Russia

“Visiting Our Daughter’s Russian Orphanage”

Three years after her adoption, we returned to our daughter's Russian orphanage to visit her caregivers and friends there.

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A woman holds her adopted baby after losing a child.

“A Family Renewed”

Can adoption be an act of faith after the greatest loss imaginable?

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A young refugee, sponsored by a family

“You Have Thousands of Angels Around You”

How one young woman lost her family, survived a war, escaped two continents, and through the kindness of strangers found a lifelong home in Atlanta.

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hourglass and calendar to measure how long it takes to adopt, how to respond when people ask

How Do You Respond to “How Long Did It Take You to Adopt?”

We asked our readers: How do you respond when someone asks you how long it takes to adopt? Read the answers from adoptive parents.

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We considered adopting a second child, but eventually decided to grow our family by adding a dog, instead

“A Different Kind of Sister”

My partner and I thought long and hard about whether we wanted to adopt a second child. We decided to adopt a puppy-sister for our daughter instead.

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My cardiologist's discussion of adopting his daughter opened my heart to the idea of adoption

“My Cardiologist Opened My Heart to Adoption”

The defective structure of my physical heart ultimately led my emotional heart to pause and consider—do I try for pregnancy, or for parenthood through adoption?

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Books that explain wrongful adoption

Wrongful Adoption: What It Is, What It Is Not.

A lawyer explains types of misrepresentation or fraud that are classified as wrongful adoption—and what parents can do about it.

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Two girls started as friends, and discovered they were birth siblings

“The China Sisters”

Two families, linked by a shared adoption experience, discover that they are bound by DNA, as well.

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