Older Parents, Single Parents, LGBT Families, & Other Modern Adoptive Families


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[Book Review] The Year She Left Us

Kathryn Ma's ambitious debut novel about a Chinese girl adopted by a Chinese-American family tackles race, identity, and "luck."

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A family formed by adoption for same sex couples

Adoption Basics for Single Parents or Same Sex Couples

When non-traditional families are making the decision to adopt, the first questions they often have are, "How will my identity impact my adoption?"

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A happy family formed through gay family adoption

Who Can Help Gay Families Adopt?

LGBT prospective parents may face extra hurdles because of a state’s adoption law, an agency’s philosophy, or the attitude of an individual social worker.

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“Through the Glass”

When people learned I was pregnant, they were surprised that I was still planning to adopt.

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second parent adoption

Marriage and Parentage for LGBT Families: Are the Walls Tumbling Down?

What has also changed dramatically is that no matter how you choose to build your family, when your child arrives at school, he or she is no longer going to be the only one with two mommies, two daddies, or even a single mom or dad.

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“My Clutter, Myself”

Visitors to our apartment might see a mess, but I see the stories that bound me irretrievably to my daughter. Most of the time.

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Single Mother Adoption

“Why My Daughter Wants Me to Marry”

In Eleni's mind, my future husband would have two daughters, preferably between the ages of six and 14. And perhaps a dog or two, so the pets could keep each other company. (My husband would be my buddy, so we'd all have someone to play with.) We'd live in a big house, with a wraparound porch and flat-screen TVs. And if anything bad happened in the world–like if people started kidnapping lots of children, "Mommy — we'd all be there to protect each other."

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Being a role model as a single parent.

“Being the Best Role Model I Can Be as a Single Parent”

How one mother learns to be the role model her adoptive daughter needs–with her daughter's help, of course.

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One of many adoptions by same-sex couples

Adoptions by Same-Sex Couples Still on the Rise

The recent increase in gay and lesbian couples adopting in the U.S. explained.

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What you need to know when building nontraditional families.

Building “Nontraditional” Families

Our legal expert explains what gay, lesbian, and single parents need to know when building their nontraditional families during the process of adopting.

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One mother describes her journey, adopting teenager from foster care.

“Adopting Teenagers From Foster Care”

"My boys were teens when I adopted them, but that doesn't mean they didn't need a mom. Even if I was only 25 at the time."

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