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Deciding to Adopt with Reluctant Relatives

Deciding to Adopt with Reluctant Relatives

Many, many couples are deeply divided about adoption. Marriage counselors and social workers say the reluctant partner is usually the male, whose concerns may range from simple ambivalence about parenthood in general to specific concerns about loving a child who’s not related by blood.

Deciding to adopt

7 Common Questions When You’re Deciding to Adopt

When you bear or raise children, you step into the unknown. If you adopt, you take a step further. You can’t predict what baby would come from your own genetic mix, but you might recognize traits as the child grows up: “He’s got grandpa’s ears.” With an adopted child, there’s an element of mystery: “Where did that nose come from?”

A mom of an adopted child, on the beach with that adopted child

“Dear Mom of an Adopted Child”

I knew you right away. I recognize the fierce determination. You are the kind of woman who Makes.Things.Happen. After all, you made this happen, this family you have.

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A child this young could probably deal with a name change

The Name Game

Although a baby as young as seven months reacts when called by name, a name change isn't a significant issue until age two.

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

The Choices We Make

Choosing age, race, and even gender is sometimes seen as the perk of adoption. Be careful not to attach expectations to these selections.

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A family formed via adoption, talking about "how we decided to adopt"

How We Decided

No one adoption route is right for every family. AF readers describe the thinking that went behind the route they chose.

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A sign post pointing in different directions, representing choice between adoption and surrogacy

“Becoming an Intended Parent”

Deciding on gestational surrogacy and navigating the complex process involves listening to your heart and your brain at the right times.

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Tiny birds eggs, representing an egg donor

“Selecting My Egg Donor”

How do you choose the person you want to make babies with? Everyone has her priorities; these are mine.

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Questions linger when faced with infertility

The Big IF — Moving Past Infertility

Four writers look back at the roads they've traveled since wrestling with infertility.

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