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diverse adopted children raising their hands in a classroom, feeling safe at school

Promoting Adoption Awareness at School

Promoting Adoption Awareness at School

As parents, how can you help make sure that your child and all the students at her school feel included and supported? Educate teachers about the five As!

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An adoptive mom shares her thoughts about being told "There's still hope" for her to get pregnant

“Adoption Is Not Second Best”

Near-strangers feel compelled to tell me about friends who got pregnant after adopting and say, “There’s still hope….” But I don’t hope for a biological child; I hope for a healthy relationship with my two kids.

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Adoption expert Lois Melina on talking with adopted children about unknown birth family information

The Other Side of Privilege

If we're white, we experience many benefits of unearned status because we're "the norm." But adoptive families are not considered the norm. Now what?

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Gotcha Day

Parent-to-Parent: The Great Gotcha Debate

The term "Gotcha Day" has ardent fans and strong detractors in the adoption community. We asked Adoptive Families readers how they feel about it, and whether they use the term in their family. Here's what you said.

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A multiracial family in the adoption community

When Other Adoptive Parents Don’t Understand

Acknowledging our connection to all adoptive families strengthens our children’s place in the world.

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A family formed through international adoption

“Why Did You Buy a Foreign Child?”

When an anonymous poster invaded our neighborhood message board, I knew I had to answer back.

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Black women adopt, perhaps not as visibly as white parents

“Yes, Black Women Do Adopt”

Talking with Black women about adoption became a routine part of motherhood for me, alongside diapers, homework, and the warmth I feel every time I look at my son.

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The meaning of transracial adoption came up unexpectedly at story time.

“We Did Not ‘Save’ Our Son”

Saying Matthew was "saved" implies doubt about his desirability, his worthiness to be adopted. "After all, you didn't have to take in this baby," is the unspoken message.

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Be an Adoption Ambassador

As you well know, after becoming a parent, you'll also take on the role of adoption ambassador, fielding questions from and encouraging would-be adopters. We've compiled the responses and back-up data that will set you up for the task.

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Some birth mothers prefer the term "natural mother."

A Mother by Any Other Name

Is the term 'birth mother' an example of appropriate, positive language — or an offensive and demeaning label?

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