When you lose a parent or grandparent, you mourn the past. When you lose a child, as I lost my 24-year-old daughter, you grieve for the future that will not be. By adopting after this unimaginable tragedy, I wasn’t aiming to bury my grief or to start over, but to start a new beginning.
Older Parents, Single Parents, LGBT Families, & Other Modern Adoptive Families
Parenting advice and personal stories by older parents, single parents, parents in LGBT families, and other modern families formed through adoption.
As she anticipates the release of her documentary Hayden & Her Family, the filmmaker reconnects with the mother of 12 she profiled to discuss special needs adoption, parenting outside “normal” boundaries, and how loving a child changes you.
As I prepared to adopt my second child, I welcomed the home study worker into a perfectly clean and ordered home. The scene that greeted her at her post-placement visit was, well, different—but much more real.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Adoptive Families Cover Photo Contest! See the nine photos selected from more than 500 entries, and read stories from the proud parents.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Adoptive Families Cover Photo Contest! See the nine photos selected from 1,000 entries, and read stories from the proud parents.
I became a dad at age 50, and it changed my life in ways I never could have expected. It was the greatest gift.
After the divorce, my family felt incomplete. To find the missing piece, I traveled to a Russian orphanage, thousands of miles away.
“I have always known I was capable of giving this much love. What I didn’t know is that a child could love me this much.”
Millions of children around the world are currently being raised in “grandfamilies.” In this excerpt from a new guidebook, learn how to make sense of your new role and explain this unique form of kinship adoption to your child.
When it comes to socializing, my gregarious daughter has taught me a thing or two.
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.
Single-parent homes are more common now, but kids still grapple with the daddy question.
A cry in the night reminds one mother how much families have changed and how much love stays the same.
A single mom’s decision to adopt a second time.
In this personal essay, a single dad shares the story of the night he met his daughter in China.
A simple radio broadcast can bring up my worries for my daughter’s future, and my fears as an older parent.
In many families, relationships come without exact names. While adoption highlighted this truth, it was already a given in my family—and maybe in yours, too?
First-time parent at 41? If this is my mid-life crisis, I couldn’t have hoped for a sweeter one.
A single mother who’s adopting a boy from foster care seeks advice on a challenging older child adoption adjustment. Parents who have adopted older children respond.