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 mother answering the daddy question

Answering The Daddy Question

Answering The Daddy Question

When children ask about a "missing spouse," how should single parents answer?

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Being a single mother can be scary, but this mother overcame her fears

“Pushing Past My Fears to Become a Single Mother”

A recent "adventure vacation" I took with my daughter brought back memories of the scariest leap of all — becoming a single mom.

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

“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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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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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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[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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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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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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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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