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.

a girl who was adopted internationally but is now a U.S. citizen holds an American flag

News Brief: Documenting Citizenship for Adopted Children

News Brief: Documenting Citizenship for Adopted Children

In response to an increase in inquiries about the citizenship status for international adoptees, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released an adoption notice about obtaining or documenting citizenship.

A parent bonding with adopted baby

Share Your Story: Domestic Adoption and Attachment

We asked our readers: Before your adoption, were you concerned about bonding with your baby? After your newborn came home, what parenting techniques did you practice that enhanced attachment?

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A family after adopting a second child

Adopt Again?

Adopting a second child is a big step. Here's some been-there, done-that wisdom from parents to help you decide.

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Two siblings play together in the yard after being adopted.

“Adopting From Russia…Again?”

One thing led to another, and we became—unexpectedly—twice blessed.

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A woman recounts her experience adopting from China, until a tragedy derailed her plans

“The Red Thread of Fate”

More than a decade ago, I was hopefully working my way toward an adoption from China. After a tragedy derailed my plans, I wound my way to family in an entirely different way.

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A woman stares out the window, contemplating the different types of adoption.

Share Your Story: Choosing a Route

We asked our reader panel: "How, and why, did you choose between the different types of adoption?" This is what they shared.

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"Front Porch Children" - Foster Parent essay by Keri Collinsworth

“Front Porch Children”

Being a foster parent is not for the faint of heart. Your heart swells, loves, breaks, and heals with each placement—and it is all, every moment of it, worth it.

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