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Tips for adopting an older child from foster care

Easing an Older Child’s Adjustment

Easing an Older Child’s Adjustment

The transition from foster care to forever family can be difficult on a child. Use these strategies when bringing home an older child.

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Black women adopt, perhaps not as visibly as white parents

“Yes, Black Women Do Adopt”

Talking with Black women about adoption became a routine part of motherhood for me, alongside diapers, homework, and the warmth I feel every time I look at my son.

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Reading children's books about adoption

“Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hatches a Talk About Adoption”

A beloved children's book sparked a discussion with my three-year-old daughter about adoption and her birth mother.

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One mother describes meeting her adoptive son after prenatal drug exposure.

“The Decision to Adopt a Child with Prenatal Drug Exposure”

Typically, I would have spent weeks — if not months — gathering information and exhausting every possible scenario. But there wasn't time for analyzing. My son needed me.

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Older child adoption stories and advice

What I Wish I Had Known

After the initial adjustment stages, parents who adopt older kids often say, "Why didn't someone tell me that?" Here are eight of the lessons families I've worked with over the past 25 years have learned.

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An unexpected and emotional meeting with the birth mother of two children adopted from foster care

“Intimate Strangers”: Birth Parent Contact in Foster Adoption

The 894 pages of my daughter's foster care case history described her birth mother's hard life, scarred by poverty, drug addiction, and homelessness. I never expected to meet her—much less like her.

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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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An adoptive and biological family after their finalization

“Finally — Finalization!” — Part 6 of Foster Adoption Series

In part six of our adoption odyssey, Angie and Alexandra become our children in the eyes of the law. In our hearts, that had happened months ago.

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Group of siblings, several in their teen years, and father

“Balancing Act” — Part 5 of Foster Adoption Series

In part five of our family's adoption odyssey, we begin the tug-of-war also known as parenting a teenager.

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Alexandra, happily overcoming her reading disability

“School Daze” — Part 4 of Foster Adoption Series

In part four of our family's adoption odyssey, our daughter grapples with her learning disability.

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Two sisters who joined their forever family via Fost/Adopt

“Learning How to Settle In” — Part 3 of Foster Adoption Series

In the third part of our family's adoption odyssey, our new daughters help us rediscover the joy in everyday moments.

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A new family, including birth siblings, biological and foster children

“A New Family Dynamic” — Part 2 of Foster Adoption Series

In the second part of our family's adoption odyssey, we meet our new daughters and confront their past — and look to our future together.

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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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Telling the truth to your adopted child may be hard, but they will benefit in the long run

Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child

In this excerpt from her book, Jayne Schooler offers adoptive parents tools for helping their children make sense of the past.

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