Tag Archives: Deciding to Adopt

Adopting a second child brings up different questions than the first

The Second Time Around

The Second Time Around

You've decided you're ready to grow your family — again. Here's help with answering the questions you didn't have to ask the first time you adopted.

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My transracial family "matches" after all

“An Unmatched Set”

Could I love a child who doesn't look like me? Yes. More than I've ever thought possible.

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A mother who adopted after facing infertility realizes she's no longer hoping for a miracle pregnancy

“No Longer Hoping for a Miracle Pregnancy”

An imminent hysterectomy is helping me realize that I no longer want to become pregnant — I only want to be the best mother I can be to my children, who came to me through adoption.

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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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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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Announcing your adoption can be done through a letter to family and friends

Announcing Your Decision to Adopt

A letter can deliver the news to loved ones in efficiently and affectionately. The key is to communicate how thrilled you are about adopting.

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Adoption Fears: How I Overcame Mine

“I Was Afraid to Adopt. I Was Afraid Not to Adopt.”

"It's hard to believe how reluctant I once was to adopt. In hindsight, I can see how much I needed this all along." — Dennis Kneale

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A family formed by adoption for same sex couples

Adoption Basics for Single Parents or Same Sex Couples

When non-traditional families are making the decision to adopt, the first questions they often have are, "How will my identity impact my adoption?"

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Heart representing the love of birth families

Deciding to Adopt: What About Birth Families?

“We cannot build healthy relationships with our children on secrecy and lies—and this includes lies of omission.”

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Two parents realizing adoption was the perfect way to form their family

Parent-to-Parent: Deciding to Adopt

When did you know adoption was in your future? AF readers reflect.

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