"Going to college provides the time and distance for young adult adoptees to experiment with and sort out their own interests and self-expectations."
Adoption Parenting Advice & First-Person Stories
Adoption experts offer parenting advice and real parents share personal stories about raising adopted children.
Now you need to decide if it's right for you and your family.
When it comes to adoption, teachers can be part of the solution. The key is to explain it to students in age-appropriate ways.
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.
We asked our readers: If you'll be giving your child's birth parents a gift this holiday season, what is it and how will you give it to them? Read the answers from adoptive parents.
Teens need their parents' guidance in forming their racial identity.
Teens may try on different identities as they seek to determine who they are.
Age limits for those adopting have been stretched or even eliminated. How might this affect the children of these "older" parents?
Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Adoptive Families Cover Photo Contest! See the nine photos selected from more than 1,200 entries, and read stories from the proud parents.
“We have always tried to make sure our internationally adopted son feels proud of his heritage. This year, when the class was writing about Thanksgiving, he asked if he could skip the assignment because people from his birth country do not celebrate Thanksgiving. I know I need to talk to him, but I’m not sure where to start.”
Each year AF curates a list of “gifts that give back” – merchants that donate proceeds to charities that support adoption, children, or families.
We asked our readers: How did you decide whether to introduce the topic of adoption at your child's school? What actions did you take, if any, to start explaining adoption to classmates or teachers? What advice do you have for other parents about how to best interact with your child's teachers?
Like all mixed race families in America, we face stereotyping as a matter of course. These six lessions have helped enrich my family.
When children engage in petty theft, are they beginning a life of crime or just engaged in a naughty prank?
We asked our readers: What talent or trait do you see in your child that must be from his or her birth family? Read the answers from adoptive parents.
Tips for parents to help their adopted children cope with a learning disability.
An adolescent's peers may tell you something about their inner life.
Writing a journal is a great way to build a stronger sense of self.
Adoptive Families‘ annual gift-giving directory presents a selection of heritage and adoption products from our sponsors.
Your guide to identifying medical problems common to internationally adopted children.