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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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Bringing up adoption in school is your family's decision

Is Your Child Ready for School?

She has her backpack, pencils, and notebook. But does she know how to field adoption questions that might come her way?

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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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Feeling Like Part of the Extended Family

The more you involve the grandparents (and aunts, uncles, and cousins, too) in you adoption process, the more your child feels like part of the clan.

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Coversations about birth mothers can be emotional

A Death in the Family

As children get older, they come to understand that everyone experiences loss.

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[Book Review] The First Year: Hepatitis C

Written by two HCV postitive women, this book can help adoptive parents understand and manage the hepatitis C virus.

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