How to Adopt a Child: Learn About Becoming a Parent Through Adoption


Would you like to become a parent through adoption? Learn how to adopt a child, and how the process differs from international to domestic to foster adoption.

Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: What to Consider Before a Kinship Adoption Placement

Ask AF: What to Consider Before a Kinship Adoption Placement

“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?”

A young refugee, sponsored by a family

“You Have Thousands of Angels Around You”

How one young woman lost her family, survived a war, escaped two continents, and through the kindness of strangers found a lifelong home in Atlanta.

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hourglass and calendar to measure how long it takes to adopt, how to respond when people ask

How Do You Respond to “How Long Did It Take You to Adopt?”

We asked our readers: How do you respond when someone asks you how long it takes to adopt? Read the answers from adoptive parents.

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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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A family formed through foster adoption views a sunset

A Helping Hand Through the Foster Adoption Process

Have you considered growing your family through adoption from U.S. foster care, but don’t know where to begin? Contact the experts at AdoptUSKids for personalized guidance and the reassurance that “you don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent.”

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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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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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Take the 2013-2014 Adoption Cost and Timing Survey to help prospective adoptive parents

Take the Adoption Cost & Timing Survey

Take the 2017-2018 Adoption Cost & Timing Survey on the average adoption cost and timing of the domestic, foster, or international adoption process, and see results from previous years.

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