After writing Secret Thoughts of an Adoptive Mother, Jana Wolff returns with more candid insights into the emotional highs and lows of parenthood.
“When I Knew I Was Ready to Adopt”
Even after we turned in our paperwork, I wasn’t 100-percent certain I was ready to adopt. But when the time was right, I knew.
“Letting Our Story Soar”
Writing and illustrating a fictional tale about a winged girl named Paloma helped my daughter and me talk about race, identity, and the realities of adoption. As a published book, it’s helping many other families do the same.
Gifts for Birth Parents
Our readers share their recommendations for gifts for birth parents at the time of placement. Their advice? Keep it small and personal!
Mommy, Where Did I Come From?
Many adoptive parents mistake talking about the culture or place their child is from is enough. Learn why talking about birth parents matters.
Should We Contact our Son’s Birth Parents?
Adoptive Families asks advice on a reader’s behalf. Should we contact our son’s birth parents?
Searching for Birth Families
Parents who look for their child’s birth family abroad are ushering in a new openness in international adoption. Many say the decision to search requires careful thought.
A Bridge of Love: One Family’s Entrustment Ceremony
An entrustment ceremony is an powerful place to embark on our lives as adoptive parents.
“Losing Touch with Birth Parents”
When my son was six years old, his birth mother closed the door on our open adoption. Were we wrong to include her in his life?
Birth Parent Fantasies — and Fears
An adopted child may imagine life with her birth parents as “the road not taken.” Parents should share what they know and support exploration.
Birth Parent Search in International Adoption
Adoptive parents around the globe are seeking their children’s first families — even before these children voice an opinion on the matter. But do we know what we’re doing?
Not Open Adoption, Just Adoption
Practices once confined to open adoption are quickly becoming the norm. When will the language catch up?
Dear Birth Mother
You’ve agreed to provide updates to your baby’s birth mother. But now that your baby is home, what information do you share?