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.

One of many adoptions by same-sex couples

Adoptions by Same-Sex Couples Still on the Rise

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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first sleepover party for the preteen only child of a single parent

“Losing Sleep”

As my daughter discovers the brave new world of sleepovers, she and I are both missing out on some shut-eye.

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Life as an older, single adoptive mother

“The View from Here”

As I see it now, my golden years are likely to be filled with pet doggies and boxed mac and cheese. And I can’t imagine anything better.

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Making the decision to adopt was written in the stars

“Seizing the Day”

I might never have decided to adopt had I foreseen what was to come in other areas of my life. But when I imagine life without my daughter, I know there was no other choice.

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The meaning of family came to me watching my father help my daughter ride her bike

“Understanding My Family’s Circles”

My traditional childhood dreams gave way to an unexpected, soul-filling reality.

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