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Incorporate your new baby into holiday rituals

The Birth of Tradition

The Birth of Tradition

Family rituals take on new meaning when we adopt a baby.

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One adoptive mom describes her family's tradition for honoring birth mothers on Mother's Day.

A Mother’s Day Ritual

A simple ceremony with flowers and candles helped my children celebrate their love for two mothers.

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Our guide to giving holiday gifts that maintain a birth parent connection.

“Gifts to and from My Child’s Adoptive Family”

In an open adoption, what do you give to the person who means everything to you? Thoughts from a birth mom about the gifts that mean the most.

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Stockings for daughter reunited with birth mother

“A Stocking Filled with Memories of our Foster Child”

We knew it was possible for the girl we were fostering to be reunited with her birth mother. But that didn't make it hurt any less.

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An image of a holiday letter to birth family

What to Share in the Holiday Letter to Birth Family

It's normal to think about your child's birth family during the holidays. What should you share in a holiday letter?

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Defining motherhood

“How Do You Define Motherhood?”

To many people, sharing DNA and giving birth are the prerequisites to being a "real" mom. As my children's mommy, I know better.

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In this personal essay, one mother explains why "Gotcha Day" can be offensive for adoptees.

“Getting Rid of ‘Gotcha Day'”

What do you call the day your adoptive child came home? In this personal essay, one mother explains why "Gotcha Day" can be offensive for some adoptees.

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Holiday activities bring everyone closer

Avoiding Overwhelm During the Holidays

Most parents look forward to sharing this time of the year with their children. But less is often more when it comes to holiday activities.

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An adoption shower present

Showered with Love

Whether you feel most comfortable holding it after completing your dossier, or when you receive your referral — an adoption shower is a wonderful way to celebrate your growing family.

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A mother teaches her daughter about her heritage

Heritage Starts at Home

How we can help our children feel good about who they are — and where they're from.

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Kwanzukkah includes fruit, along with other food and drinks

“Our Family’s Unique Kwanzukkah Celebration”

The story of how one transracial family reinvented their holiday traditions.

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Our readers share their adoption shower stories.

Domestic Adoption Showers

When their adoption date was uncertain, our readers took the opportunity to celebrate with their children in tow. Here, they share their experiences.

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A beautiful child's dress worn at a christening ceremony

“A Christening Ceremony”

The moment I felt I became Eva's forever mother and for Eva, adopted from the Ukraine, being my forever daughter.

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An adopted child dealing with holiday separations

Easy Does It!

Even preschoolers can get stressed by holidays. A few simple games and activities can ward off the meltdowns.

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