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A young toddler at his birth mother's graduation

“The Whole Journey”

When our son’s birth mother was making that painful decision — raise a child or finish high school — we were the family she chose. So when she invited us to her graduation, nothing could stop us.

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Becoming a mother

“Loving My Mother — and Becoming One”

I was an adoring daughter, ready to be an adoring mom.

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Our readers share their adoption day celebration traditions.

Adoption Day Celebration

Our readers share how they celebrate the anniversary of their child's adoption and how to balance the celebrations so biological kids don't feel left out.

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An entrustment ceremony can take place in a church like this one

A Bridge of Love: One Family’s Entrustment Ceremony

An entrustment ceremony is an powerful place to embark on our lives as adoptive parents.

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Adoption celebrations are a joyous occasion

Adoption Celebrations for Every Family

When it’s time to celebrate, we take cues from longstanding traditions and blend in rituals created from scratch. The result? Ceremonies as unique as our families.

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First Mother's Day garland

Share Your Story: First Mother’s or Father’s Day

We asked our reader panel: How did you celebrate your first Mother's Day or Father's Day? What's since become an annual tradition?

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Learn how to celebrate Russian Christmas.

Celebrating Russian Christmas

How do we celebrate the holidays? In all sorts of creative ways. Here, gifts of love exchanged by families in open adoptions, along with an assortment of customs, crafts, and recipes just right for our multicultural families.

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Use these tips for celebrating Kwanzaa in your multicultural family.

Celebrating Kwanzaa

How do we celebrate the holidays? In all sorts of creative ways. Here, gifts of love exchanged by families in open adoptions, along with an assortment of customs, crafts, and recipes just right for our multicultural families.

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Learn how to celebrate multicultural traditions for the holidays.

Celebrating La Navidad

How do we celebrate the holidays? In all sorts of creative ways. Here, gifts of love exchanged by families in open adoptions, along with an assortment of customs, crafts, and recipes just right for our multicultural families.

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One mother builds a dollhouse family to reflect transracial adoptive families.

“A Dollhouse Family Just Like Ours”

Buying a dollhouse for my daughter's third birthday was a cinch. Finding the right family to live in it was a bit more difficult.

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How to celebrate adoptee heritage as kids grow.

Age-by-Age Ways to Celebrate Birth Culture

An age-by-age guide to cultural activities that help our children take pride in their identity.

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An adoptive and biological family after their finalization

“Finally — Finalization!” — Part 6 of Foster Adoption Series

In part six of our adoption odyssey, Angie and Alexandra become our children in the eyes of the law. In our hearts, that had happened months ago.

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

When the Circle of Family Grows

Parents always celebrate when a new child joins their family. But adoptive moms and dads might want to mark their blessed event with a meaningful ceremony beyond the usual festivities.

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