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.

A dad walks in the forest with his daughter after adopting after age 50.

“Finally Father’s Day”

“Finally Father’s Day”

I became a dad at age 50, and it changed my life in ways I never could have expected. It was the greatest gift.

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A brother and sister through single parent adoption look out the window.

“Feeling Like Family”

After the divorce, my family felt incomplete. To find the missing piece, I traveled to a Russian orphanage, thousands of miles away.

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A mom holds her baby daughter

“Before I Became a Mom”

"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."

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A grandmother and the granddaughter she adopted share a close moment

When Grandparents Adopt

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.

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the hands of an older parent holding a walking stick

“Mom, Were You Alive During Woodstock?”

Age limits for those adopting have been stretched or even eliminated. How might this affect the children of these "older" parents?

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A mom answers the daddy question after single parent adoption

How to Talk About “Dad” in Single Mother Families

Single-parent homes are more common now, but kids still grapple with the daddy question.

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A single mother remembers her own mother when her daughters wake her in the night

“My Single Mother’s Legacy”

A cry in the night reminds one mother how much families have changed and how much love stays the same.

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A story of single dad adoption, and finding his daughter Suki in China

“Sometime in the Night”

In this personal essay, a single dad shares the story of the night he met his daughter in China.

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in a family that's built through open adoption and step-relatives, more love is more love

“More Love Is More Love”

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?

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Our Adoption After 40 story

“Finally, Our Turn!”

First-time parent at 41? If this is my mid-life crisis, I couldn't have hoped for a sweeter one.

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Gender Inquality, Racial Segregation, and My Daughter

“Let’s Be Fair”

At nine, my daughter is becoming aware of the many ways in which the world is unjust, and is doing her part to promote fairness where she can.

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Growing Up Adopted

“Growing Up”

Five years ago, I walked my daughter to her first day of school. We've both evolved in many ways since that morning, and more adventures surely lie ahead.

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