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A Mother's Day Card reminds a mom of the dichotomy of adoptive motherhood and her children's birth mother

“Motherhood, Cleaved.”

“Motherhood, Cleaved.”

My love for my youngest child, who was born to me, takes a different timbre from my love for my twins through adoption. Accepting this helps me understand the inimitable bond they share with their birth mother, and the ache she must feel.

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plant growing hearts, as parents grow new hearts to bond with each new child

“What If?”

What if I don’t love this child the same as I love the others? This question is probably every pre-adoptive parent’s most secret worry. Here are the words that reassured me.

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Refugee adoption

Refugee Adoption: A Whole New World for Our Daughters

Although the adoption of refugee children was more complicated than I expected, it has been infinitely rewarding. These children and their past are now part of me.

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Cross-cultural adoption creates loving families

Parenting Strategies for Blended Families

When your family includes biological and adopted children, how do you make sure everyone feels included?

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An adopted child considers his family tree

A Forest of Family Trees

Inclusive assignments help your grade-schooler, as well as her classmates, learn about their lives and the world around them.

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Nontraditional families are everywhere

“Raising California”

Families are forming in all sorts of ways, in a rainbow of colors, and my son through adoption is growing up right in the middle of all of it.

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One child brought through adoptive motherhood, one through biological motherhood

“True Love, Times Two”

I used to wonder whether my love for my son would be more intense if I'd given birth to him. Having a biological child validated the depth of my feelings the first time around.

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A new sibling through older child adoptionmay change the family dynamic

When the New Brother or Sister Is Not a Baby

When a sibling arrives at an older age or with emotional challenges, everyone will benefit from realistic expectations — and patience.

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

The Sibling Connection

Sure, they bicker, they fight, they tease each other mercilessly. But they’re also creating vital relationships that will last a lifetime.

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Making the choice to adopt an older child created a family

“Parenting a Child Who Was Terrified of Love”

When you adopt an older child who pushes you away in anger, you learn a different way to parent, to give love without immediately receiving it in return.

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Adoption therapy isn't always necessary

Is It Adoption, or Is It Life?

Five of the country's top adoption therapists tell us what we need to know to support our children.

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[Book Review] Three More Words

Published nearly ten years after her debut memoir, Three More Words offers a closer look at Ashley Rhodes-Courter's tumultuous journey through foster care.

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Two parents realizing adoption was the perfect way to form their family

Parent-to-Parent: Deciding to Adopt

When did you know adoption was in your future? AF readers reflect.

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A woman at an airport, adopting while pregnant

“Through the Glass”

When people learned I was pregnant, they were surprised that I was still planning to adopt.

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Blended family

“Bonding with My Daughters Over Pink Nail Polish”

My first 19 years of parenting were spent learning the scientific names of dinosaurs and organizing a bug collection. Was I ready to parent preteen girls?

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Adoption Experts answer your questions.

Ask AF: Feeling Left Out of a Birth Family

Our seven-year-old biological son seems to swing between feeling left out because his siblings (both adopted) have "other families" to feeling that they can't be part of our family because they have "other" families.

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