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.

Transition to New Accrediting Entity for U.S. Adoption Service Providers Leads to Increase in Fees

News Brief: Transition to New Accrediting Entity for U.S. Adoption Service Providers Leads to Increase in Fees

News Brief: Transition to New Accrediting Entity for U.S. Adoption Service Providers Leads to Increase in Fees

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released a new schedule of non-refundable accreditation fees to be shouldered by agencies and, ultimately, prospective families.

Two siblings play together in the yard after being adopted.

“Adopting From Russia…Again?”

One thing led to another, and we became—unexpectedly—twice blessed.

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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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A woman plays with her child after sharing her adoption decision with her family

Share Your Story: Announcing Your Decision to Adopt

We polled our newsletter subscribers, "How did you tell your extended family about your decision to adopt?" Here's what some of you said.

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“My Journey Through the Stages of Adoption”

Much like the trimesters of pregnancy, I moved through phases of worry, disbelief, and pure joy while I waited to adopt.

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Should Adoptive Parents Be Able to Choose Gender?

Share Your Story: Choosing a Gender

We asked our readers: should adopting parents be allowed to choose gender? This is what real parents shared about their decisions.

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Announcing Adoption to Friends and Acquaintances

Share Your Story: Announcing Your Adoption

We asked our Reader Panel: Outside of your immediate family, who was the first person you told about your decision to adopt, and how did you tell them?

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