The path to adopting a child for many involves becoming a foster parent first. Learn about the risks, rewards, and responsibilities of caring for children in the U.S. foster care system.
Foster adoption was right for these three families. Read their stories to find out why.
Answers to your parenting questions.
I always knew I wanted to grow my family through adoption.
Adoption can be an unpredictable journey. We never realized just how unpredictable.
You’ve made the decision to adopt. How do you tell friends and family? Use the following letters as guides when composing your own.
Our Reader Panel responds.
Waiting can be brutal, but there are some benefits. Take it from someone who endured 30 months before she got to hold her son.
We surveyed our reader's feelings on specifying gender when adopting. Here's what real adoptive parents had to say.
I frequently found myself on the defensive while pregnant, afraid of what people might say and how they might judge me. I felt judged enough, being single and pregnant.
Nowadays, I can't imagine my family having come together any differently. But it wasn't always that way.
A 7-year-old girl helps this author discover her maternal side.
How parents-to-be can survive failed expectant mother matches, changes to country programs, foster placements that do not lead to adoption, and other potential heartaches along the way.
Teens have a lot of questions — including some about family religion.
The time I spent alone with my newborn daughter meant a lot. But the fact that she has grown up knowing me has meant the world.
I might never have decided to adopt had I foreseen what was to come in other areas of my life. But when I imagine life without my daughter, I know there was no other choice.
It wasn't until the birth of my daughter that I realized my son's mother was his adoptive mother.
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.
What do we need to know about naming our child?
A recent "adventure vacation" I took with my daughter brought back memories of the scariest leap of all — becoming a single mom.