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Ask AF: Upset About Mom’s Pregnancy

Ask AF: Upset About Mom’s Pregnancy

Q: We adopted our daughter from foster care at age 11. Two months ago, I found out I was pregnant. At first she was very excited, but now she huffs or changes the subject whenever it comes up. I’m sure she’s upset that she’ll have to share her room and her parents, but how can I prove that our love for her will remain the same?

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Deciding to adopt

“If at First You Don’t Succeed…”

Before trying to have kids, I'd never failed at anything. Though I still believe in planning and hard work, it was something else that brought me my two beautiful boys.

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Birth siblings enjoying each other's company

Bringing Up Birth Siblings

Our daughter has birth siblings she doesn't know about, but we don't know how to tell her.

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Divorce after adoption

A New ‘Forever’

Adoptive children can feel familial changes, like divorce after adoption, particularly keenly. Use these tips to help kids adapt to new stepparents.

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In this personal essay, one mother describes how bonding was different with her adopted daughter and her biological daughter.

“How was the bonding?”

The woman's question was the very one I had long ago asked strangers. And it was one I'd had to find the answer to on my own.

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Are we treating our adopted child differently?

“The Same, But Different”

When an adopted child gets most of your attention, it doesn't mean you love your other child less.

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One adoptive mother describes her guilt about adoption and joy.

“Becoming Craig’s Mother”

My younger son's arrival signaled the end to a decade of heartache due to secondary infertility. So why was I so sad?

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One father's advice on making blended families work.

Making Blended Families Work

Blended families flourish when they recognize their differences and celebrate their choices, says this father of two.

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Joe Mills is a parent via transracial adoption

“Our Visible, Multiracial Family”

Although my wife and I talked a great deal about race before we decided on a transracial adoption, we didn't fully appreciate how conspicuous our family would become. Quite simply, we now stick out in a crowd.

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Identity development for teens in blended families can be tricky.

Teens in Blended Families

When their family also includes biological children, adoptees can have complex feelings about siblings and their own sense of belonging.

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Children in a multiracial family

“Why Am I the Only One Who’s Pink?”

Being Mom to "virtual twins"—one African-American, one white; one adopted, one biological—has taught me to validate both of my children for who they are.

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One mom wonders when to address ethnicity in multiracial families.

“Should I Proclaim My Family’s Multiracial Identity?”

My son's Mexican heritage is not apparent to others. Is it my responsibility to identify ourselves as a multiracial family?

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One mom shares the lessons she learned planning a family vacation.

“Too Soon for a Family Vacation”: Older Child Adjustment

What we should have known before we took our newly adopted 13-year-old on a surprise Disney World vacation.

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A family formed through gay adoption

The Dream of a Family

All kinds of couples, even LGBT couples, are turning to adoption to build their forever families.

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A boy with a bike, representing No Biking in the House without a Helmet

[Book Excerpt] No Biking in the House Without a Helmet

Melissa Fay Greene flawlessly captures the journey of building a family through adoption in this heartwarming memoir.

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Two loving sisters, one with special needs

“Raising Our Daughters, Special Needs and All”

They'll each face different issues in their lives. But my daughters will get through them together, as real sisters.

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