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

Tiny birds eggs, representing an egg donor

“Selecting My Egg Donor”

“Selecting My Egg Donor”

How do you choose the person you want to make babies with? Everyone has her priorities; these are mine.

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Questions linger when faced with infertility

The Big IF — Moving Past Infertility

Four writers look back at the roads they've traveled since wrestling with infertility.

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Adoption Timeline

How Long Does It Take to Adopt a Child?

The adoption timeline can vary dramatically, depending your chosen route. This general overview explains a typical adoption schedule, requirements at each step, and common expenses.

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A happy family, after choosing foster adoption

“Why We Chose Foster Adoption”

Foster adoption was right for these three families. Read their stories to find out why.

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Deciding Where to Adopt From

“Choosing Which Country to Adopt From (Twice)”

Growing up in a mostly white, Midwestern town in the late 1970s and early 80s, watching reruns of The Donna Reed Show and Leave It to Beaver, I figured I would finish school, find a girl to marry, buy a little house with a white picket fence, and have a couple of kids who looked like me. This was the middle-class American dream, and at the time it never occurred to me that life would turn out any other way.

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A mother and her new baby, after deciding she was ready to adopt

“When I Knew I Was Ready to Adopt”

Even after we turned in our paperwork, I wasn't 100-percent certain I was ready to adopt. But when the time was right, I knew.

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Adoption Plan

“According to Our Adoption Plan”

Adopting a third child so quickly wasn't part of our initial design. But I've learned that the best things happen when you least expect them.

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Two children brought together through adoption plans

“What Plans?”

Adoption can be an unpredictable journey. We never realized just how unpredictable.

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Mother, father, and daughter with thalassemia

“Our First Choice”

I always knew I wanted to grow my family through adoption.

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A mother and her daughter, after making the decision to explore adoption

“Giving Me Her Quilt — and Her Dream”

When my grandmother handed me her precious quilt and said, "I'm counting on you to have a girl," I knew I wouldn't let her down.

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Deciding to adopt

“If at First You Don’t Succeed…”

Before trying to have kids, I'd never failed at anything. Though I still believe in planning and hard work, it was something else that brought me my two beautiful boys.

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Specifying Gender When Adopting

Specifying Gender When Adopting

We surveyed our reader's feelings on specifying gender when adopting. Here's what real adoptive parents had to say.

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What you need to know when building nontraditional families.

Building “Nontraditional” Families

Our legal expert explains what gay, lesbian, and single parents need to know when building their nontraditional families during the process of adopting.

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Choosing adoption

Why We Chose Adoption

Parents share the story of how they decided to become parents through adoption, and what factored into their decision.

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Readers sound off: Should you be allowed to choose whether to adopt a boy or a girl?

Hot Topic: Should Parents Choose a Gender?

If given the option, many parents choose to adopt girls. We reported on this preference, as well as the unintended consequences for the boys who are left behind, and the article has sparked quite a debate. Here's what our readers had to say.

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A family formed via foster adoption

“In the Beginning” — Part 1 of Foster Adoption Series

In part one of our family's adoption odyssey, we make our way through our state's Fost/Adopt program and find that things don't always go according to plan. But sometimes, that's for the best.

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ready to adopt

Are You Ready to Adopt?

You're thinking of adopting a child. You're learning as much as you can about the process and the issues. But, you keep coming back to the same question: How will I know when I am ready to take this life-changing step? To answer this question you need to think about why you want to adopt.

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My life changed forever when I decided to adopt a Chinese baby

“Helpless Love”

There is an irrevocable moment when you become a parent, an instant when the idea of your child enters your heart forever.

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Our second adoption is just as much of a tug-of-war as the first

“All’s Fair in Love & Waahh!”

We had our fair share of disagreements over adopting for the first time. Now that we're moving forward to a second adoption, not much has changed.

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