How do you empower a child entering his teen years in a state of defeat, powerlessness, and utter self-disregard? You give him a key and tell him to take off!
One year after my daughter came to live with me from foster care, the memory was still too bittersweet for her. But today, two years after becoming mother and daughter, we are ready to celebrate.
When I was a teen, my parents decided to grow our family by adopting from foster care. How did it feel to suddenly gain four new brothers and sisters through adoption?
The 18th annual “A Home for the Holidays” airs on December 23, 2016. The TV special raises awareness about adoption from foster care
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From my own search for my roots through adopting older children from foster care, life has taught me to treasure my children’s biological connections while knowing that we don’t have to look alike to belong together.
A mother who adopted older children asks what to say to her children’s birth grandparent when her children don’t ask for contact.
My daughter came to me at nine years old, so neither of us knows what she looked like as a baby, but walking these aisles is a way for us to recreate what we both lost.
A callous foster care system deprived her of parents and siblings and gave precious little in return.
Four years ago, I legally became a mother. The adoption day was no less special because I had already been parenting Danielle for 15 months. On that day, I truly claimed my daughter. No one could take her away.
Would it really be possible to fill out my daughter's hazy memories by typing names into a search engine?
My daughter's tenth birthday was the first birthday party she'd ever had. Here's how and why we decided to redo all the others.
Answers to frequently asked questions on how to adopt from the U.S. foster system.
When the social worker brought my new daughter to my house, she wasn’t the African-American girl I was expecting. And so we became a transracial family.
Whether you're adopting a newborn or a toddler, learn how to enhance attachment at each developmental stage.
Nia Vardalos describes her first meeting with the preschooler she adopted from U.S. foster care.
How do you nurture a child who repels nurturing? Start with these practical ideas.
As foster parents, you open your hearts and home to a child even as you’re preparing to reunite her with her birth mother.
We knew it was possible for the girl we were fostering to be reunited with her birth mother. But that didn't make it hurt any less.
"How can we explain birth family's drinking or drug use?" Older child adoption expert Gregory Keck, Ph.D. answers a reader's question.