Information & Advice to Help You Decide on Adoption Options


Understanding your adoption options: domestic, foster, and international adoption; same-race or transracial adoption; the child’s medical background or special needs

Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Should We Try to Adopt Our Children’s Biological Sibling?

Ask AF: Should We Try to Adopt Our Children’s Biological Sibling?

“Our children have a younger sibling in a different foster home. Should we fight to get custody of this child, whom we’re told has a strong bond with her foster parents and foster siblings, or leave things be?”

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Parents Share: Deciding What Age Child to Adopt

From newborns to teens to sibling groups, adoptive parents share the thought process behind their age preferences when adopting.

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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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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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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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A woman looks into the distance and thinks about the stages of adoption

“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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author Lauren McLaughlin and her daughter through adoption

“Opting Out of IVF”

As I dove into research about in vitro fertilization, I kept waiting to be excited about this wondrous technology. But the excitement never came. When our talk turned to adoption, however, I felt the rebirth of hope.

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An Adoptee Explains Choosing Adoption

“I’m an Adoptee and Adoptive Parent”

My daughters and I have something important in common. We share the experience of joining a family through adoption.

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