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Toddler adoption can be tricky

“Will I Ever Be Able to Love This Child?”

“Will I Ever Be Able to Love This Child?”

When the first few weeks of parenthood were rocky, I found myself worrying: Did we adopt a child I'll never be able to love?

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In a personal essay, one mom writes about older parents adopting.

“Older Mom, Growing Older”

After catching baby fever at age 40 and adopting a newborn at 45, I'm aiming to live till 100.

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One mom describes her fears for her adopted child after prenatal alcohol exposure.

“The Blank Spaces” – Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Effects

I am angry at the price my son has to pay for his birth mother's decision to drink while pregnant — but I can't be angry at her.

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Talking to your young child about adoption is crucial

Your Earliest Adoption Conversations

Not sure when — or how — to bring up adoption with your toddler or preschooler? Here's where to begin.

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Mary Ostyn overcame her son's attachment difficulties

“Two Very Different Paths to Attachment”

Our kids both came to us at 20 months old, but bonding with each child required very different tactics.

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Adopting a toddler may be right for your family

Small Wonders: Adopting a Toddler

Straddling the line between infancy and autonomy, toddlers experience adoption in unique ways. Here's what you need to know to face the challenge.

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Fear of Developmental Delays

“Bringing Him Home”

The medical report faxed to us said our son could "speak in full sentences" and proclaimed him healthy. So who was this eerily quiet toddler on the exam table?

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Playing with your child is a key component of our guide to bonding

An Age-by-Age Guide to Bonding

No matter how old your child is when she comes home, learn how to boost her attachment and connect her to her new family.

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A child this young could probably deal with a name change

The Name Game

Although a baby as young as seven months reacts when called by name, a name change isn't a significant issue until age two.

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Rejection of one parent can be overcome

When One Parent Is Rejected

A newly adopted toddler may ignore or even push away one parent. Here's how to cope and earn his trust.

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Children can recover from a regression phase

Ready, Set, Regress

Some children need a little extra babying before they're ready to get on with growing up.

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