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.

My life changed forever when I decided to adopt a Chinese baby

“Helpless Love”

“Helpless Love”

There is an irrevocable moment when you become a parent, an instant when the idea of your child enters your heart forever.

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Adopting as an older parent has its challenges

“Old Bones”

I've reached a point in life where both my young daughter and my aging mother depend on me. Can I afford to be fragile?

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Single parents must figure out a strong balance

Making a Life for Two

Looking back at her sometimes difficult transition to family life, a mom describes learning to take care of herself as well as her daughter.

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A family formed through gay adoption

The Dream of a Family

All kinds of couples, even LGBT couples, are turning to adoption to build their forever families.

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Single parent adoption can create loving families

“Until the Real Thing Comes Along”

After adopting in mid-life, I found I welcomed the role of single parent. Perhaps this is because I can deal only with one big relationship at a time, and my daughter takes up all the room.

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Foster care can lead to permanent adoption

“Changing My Name to Mom”

As she prepares for the adoption of her third child, the author knows it is not just she who must be ready, but also the 9-year-old girl she's fallen in love with.

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Non-traditional adoptions

Adopting When You’re Single, Gay, Older, or Living Abroad

The growing number of one-parent households, availability of adoption subsidies in most states for children with special needs, and agencies' desire to find homes for children who are older or who have disabilities are driving the acceptance of single-parent adoption.

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[Book Review] Adopting on Your Own: The Complete Guide to Adopting as a Single Parent

An adoptive mom reviews Adopting on Your Own, Lee Varon's guide to the wide variety of issues unmarried men and women face when building a family.

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Nontraditional families are thriving

New Family Values

As more singles and gay and lesbian couples are becoming parents by way of adoption, their children may face questions from their schoolmates or tough class projects. Here's how families thrive.

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