Adopting on Your Own the Second — or Third — Time Around

Single adoptive mothers share their stories of adopting again — what's easy, hard, and just different than the first time.

Single adoptive parents share their stories.
Sharon Lee Puttmann, a 44-year-old English teacher, recently adopted her third daughter, a 6-year-old named Joli. Waiting at home were 16-year-old Carla, born in Guatemala, and 3-year-old Maia, adopted as a baby. Since Puttmann, who is single (as are all the parents interviewed for in this article), is raising her family on a teacher's salary, why did she adopt not just twice but a third time — requiring a loan to do it? "I absolutely love being a mom. I'd ...

Double the pleasure—or double trouble?


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