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

Donor Eggs

“How I Feel About Using Donor Eggs”

“How I Feel About Using Donor Eggs”

I have talked with many people who have adopted or used donor eggs or sperm, and they all say the same thing: “It doesn’t matter at all! This is our child one thousand percent.”

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surrogacy in india

“Becoming Parents Through Surrogacy”

Our path to family had its share of twists and turns. That was how we landed at Plan J, also known as becoming parents through Indian surrogacy.

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special needs adoption

Should I Adopt a Child with “Special Needs”?

Peg Studaker, supervisor of the Waiting International Child Program at Children’s Home Society and Family Services, in Minnesota, says: “Parenting children with special needs should be a family’s first choice. Adopting a special-needs child should never be a second choice because the family could not get the child they really wanted to parent.”

Baby adoption vs. older child adoption.

Choosing Which Age Group to Adopt

For lots of adoptive parents, the hardest part of the process is the “choice" — particularly what age they should adopt.

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A man who was initially afraid of adoption, happy with his daughter, adopted from China

“I Needed This All Along”

Five years on: We have been “trying” for three years, and now are deep into the medical crapshoot of infertility treatment. Soon it becomes clear that we will never have our own biological children.

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Deciding to adopt

7 Common Questions When You’re Deciding to Adopt

When you bear or raise children, you step into the unknown. If you adopt, you take a step further. You can’t predict what baby would come from your own genetic mix, but you might recognize traits as the child grows up: “He’s got grandpa’s ears.” With an adopted child, there’s an element of mystery: “Where did that nose come from?”

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