When you lose a parent or grandparent, you mourn the past. When you lose a child, as I lost my 24-year-old daughter, you grieve for the future that will not be. By adopting after this unimaginable tragedy, I wasn’t aiming to bury my grief or to start over, but to start a new beginning.
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
Parents share the moment they knew in their hearts that their path to parenthood would involve adoption, whether they always knew or it came after years of trying to conceive.
“Be yourself” and more real-life advice for the “match meeting” with an expectant mother.
Today in the United States, more than 123,000 children in foster care are waiting for a permanent home through adoption. Nearly 45 percent of these children are ages eight or older—and desperately need the stability, guidance, and love that only a family can provide. Learn more of the myths and realities surrounding older child adoption.
“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?”
From newborns to teens to sibling groups, adoptive parents share the thought process behind their age preferences when adopting.
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.
She went abroad intending to be an orphanage volunteer—and came back a mother.
Can adoption be an act of faith after the greatest loss imaginable?
“My cousin is pregnant but not ready to be a mom. She and I have discussed my adopting her baby. I realize we’ll need a lawyer, but what else will we need to do in order to adopt a family member’s child?”
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.
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?
A lawyer explains types of misrepresentation or fraud that are classified as wrongful adoption—and what parents can do about it.
Here are five of the thoughtful letters we received.
Much like the trimesters of pregnancy, I moved through phases of worry, disbelief, and pure joy while I waited to adopt.
We asked our readers: should adopting parents be allowed to choose gender? This is what real parents shared about their decisions.
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?
Make the most of your digital presence, and avoid scams or pitfalls with these six steps.
More might be merrier, but the family dynamic is sure to change.
An adoptive parent wonders how to respond to an only child who keeps asking for a sibling. Real parents share their advice and stories.