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Share Your Story: Favorite Pre-adoption Books

Share Your Story: Favorite Pre-adoption Books

We asked our reader panel to describe the books they find most helpful to prospective adoptive parents. Here are some of their favorites.

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A woman stares out the window, contemplating the different types of adoption.

Share Your Story: Choosing a Route

We asked our reader panel: "How, and why, did you choose between the different types of adoption?" This is what they shared.

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Did Your Family Include a Reluctant Spouse?

Four years ago, my husband and I were happily raising our two daughters by birth when I decided that I was ready to adopt a son of a different race. My husband was content with our family as it was, and I struggled to give him the time he needed to think about adopting.

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Our Adoption After 40 story

“Finally, Our Turn!”

First-time parent at 41? If this is my mid-life crisis, I couldn't have hoped for a sweeter one.

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adopting a second child

“Second Child, Second Thoughts?”

"I began to understand what Bianca was going through. She wasn't sure she was ready for a baby sister yet. Was I?"

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adoption after infertility

From Infertility to Adoption

“After four years of fertility treatments, a friend recommended that we attend an adoption seminar. My husband and I weren’t open to adoption, but we decided to go. The hour-and-a-half seminar changed our lives forever."

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surrogacy cost

Can We Afford This? Adoption Costs vs. Surrogacy Costs

Check out the average cost ranges for donor egg, donor embryo, and surrogacy, and see how they compare to adoption.

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One mother writes a letter to her younger self about surviving infertility and moving on to adoption.

“Dear Infertility Patient”

From a woman who finally became an adoptive mother after a decade of trying, here are a few things I wish someone had told me years ago.

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Special needs adoption can help children find loving homes

Is Special Needs Adoption Right for Your Family?

Why adopt a child with medical special needs? The answers will surprise you and touch your soul.

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In a personal essay, one mom writes about older parents adopting.

“Older Mom, Growing Older”

After catching baby fever at age 40 and adopting a newborn at 45, I'm aiming to live till 100.

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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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One mother shares her experience after deciding to adopt internationally.

“We Wanted to Adopt White Children”

I chose our route because I didn't feel comfortable adopting outside our race. Six bittersweet years of motherhood have taught me to look beyond appearances.

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