We asked our reader panel: "How, and why, did you choose between the different types of adoption?" This is what they shared.
Four years ago, my husband and I were happily raising our two daughters by birth when I decided that I was ready to adopt a son of a different race. My husband was content with our family as it was, and I struggled to give him the time he needed to think about adopting.
Did you create a custom announcement, or adapt a pre-printed template? There are so many questions when sharing the news of your new family member. Our readers explain what they included.
View the replay of the “Adopting When You’re Already Parenting” webinar. Beth Friedberg, LCSW, explore questions that arise the second time around, from deciding on birth order to preparing your child for a sibling, and more.
“After four years of fertility treatments, a friend recommended that we attend an adoption seminar. My husband and I weren’t open to adoption, but we decided to go. The hour-and-a-half seminar changed our lives forever.”
Mix one American couple, one preteen Russian boy, and one summer program…and what do you get? Family.
I recently remarried, and my husband would like to adopt my son. Is this possible?
"Good-hearted, ethical people find themselves turning a blind eye to red flags, not because they are desperate for a baby, but because they know they will provide a good home to a child who needs one."
I thought. I researched. I talked. But in the end, it took a leap of faith to adopt across racial lines.
From a woman who finally became an adoptive mother after a decade of trying, here are a few things I wish someone had told me years ago.
Why adopt a child with medical special needs? The answers will surprise you and touch your soul.
I chose our route because I didn't feel comfortable adopting outside our race. Six bittersweet years of motherhood have taught me to look beyond appearances.
You’ve decided you’re ready to grow your family — again. Here’s help with answering the questions you didn’t have to ask the first time you adopted.
Could I love a child who doesn’t look like me? Yes. More than I’ve ever thought possible.
Don’t be surprised if your mate resists adoption even as you are embracing it.
We thought accepting a referral would be the easy part. It wasn’t.
Families are forming in all sorts of ways, in a rainbow of colors, and my son through adoption is growing up right in the middle of all of it.
My attachment is so fierce, it takes my breath away.
Answers to your parenting questions.
My husband is fearful of a damaged child and of disrupting our stable lives, and he refuses to discuss adoption.