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parents walking with their two children after deciding on a second adoption

Making the Decision Grow Your Family Through Adoption

Making the Decision Grow Your Family Through Adoption

Have you been wondering whether to bring a second (or third) child into your home? An adoption social worker helps parents contemplating adoption to unpack their motivations and make the decision with eyes wide open.

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A woman recounts her experience adopting from China, until a tragedy derailed her plans

“The Red Thread of Fate”

More than a decade ago, I was hopefully working my way toward an adoption from China. After a tragedy derailed my plans, I wound my way to family in an entirely different way.

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Waiting for a referral can feel like it takes forever

“Slipping into Parenthood”

I bought that stuffed animal — and that book, and that baby hat — in a moment of weakness. But as the wait stretched on, I realized those slip-ups are what kept me going.

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Declining an adoption referral is a difficult choice for adoptive parents

“Our Agonizing Decision to Decline a Referral”

We thought accepting a referral would be the easy part. It wasn’t.

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This mother worked out an adoption leave situation that worked for everyone

“Negotiating a Workable Schedule After Adoption”

I assumed I'd be offered the same leave and benefits as moms who give birth. When I wasn't, here's how I negotiated with my employer.

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Adopting as an older parent worked for Sheila Stainback

“The Second Half of My Life”

I had been a hard-driving reporter and happily single. But now, I was ready for something more.

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

A Durable Relationship with Your Child’s Birth Parents

Over the years, an open adoption arrangement may need to evolve to accommodate the changing needs of everyone involved — above all, the child.

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