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Megaphones representing sample letters for adoptive families

“Dear Friends and Family” — Sample Adoption Announcement Letters

“Dear Friends and Family” — Sample Adoption Announcement Letters

You’ve made the decision to adopt. How do you tell friends and family? Use the following letters as guides when composing your own.

Waiting families have made gardens to pass the time

“Gardening Through the Adoption Wait”

After my dream of a family through adoption had been planted, it grew in the warm soil of my backyard.

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Being a single mother can be scary, but this mother overcame her fears

“Pushing Past My Fears to Become a Single Mother”

A recent "adventure vacation" I took with my daughter brought back memories of the scariest leap of all — becoming a single mom.

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The long road of infertility led to my perfect family

“Moving Past My Infertility”

My infertility was in the past. But was I ready to laugh at immature teenage jokes about adoption?

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Readers sound off: Should you be allowed to choose whether to adopt a boy or a girl?

Hot Topic: Should Parents Choose a Gender?

If given the option, many parents choose to adopt girls. We reported on this preference, as well as the unintended consequences for the boys who are left behind, and the article has sparked quite a debate. Here's what our readers had to say.

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A family formed via foster adoption

“In the Beginning” — Part 1 of Foster Adoption Series

In part one of our family's adoption odyssey, we make our way through our state's Fost/Adopt program and find that things don't always go according to plan. But sometimes, that's for the best.

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My life changed forever when I decided to adopt a Chinese baby

“Helpless Love”

There is an irrevocable moment when you become a parent, an instant when the idea of your child enters your heart forever.

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Disruption may be the only option

Letting Go: The Truth About Adoption Disruption

The decision to disrupt an adoption is agonizing. But if it's been made, we must focus on the child's best interests rather than on placing blame, say families and experts.

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Single parents must figure out a strong balance

Making a Life for Two

Looking back at her sometimes difficult transition to family life, a mom describes learning to take care of herself as well as her daughter.

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A family formed through gay adoption

The Dream of a Family

All kinds of couples, even LGBT couples, are turning to adoption to build their forever families.

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Single parent adoption can create loving families

“Until the Real Thing Comes Along”

After adopting in mid-life, I found I welcomed the role of single parent. Perhaps this is because I can deal only with one big relationship at a time, and my daughter takes up all the room.

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