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Ask AF: Family Interactions After Kinship Adoption

Ask AF: Family Interactions After Kinship Adoption

“We are adopting my sister-in-law’s teenage son after fostering him for five years. What can I say to her at family gatherings, to family who still don’t get that we’ll be his legal parents—and to my son, who hears all of this?”

adoptive mom Sandy Burkett with her daughter as a toddler

“Are Adoptive Moms Allowed to Have a Bad Day?”

After finally realizing my dream of becoming a mother, I found what most new parents find—along with the bliss come days filled with crying, spit-up, and leaking diapers. But when I dared to vent, I was chided: “You wanted to adopt…you asked for this!”

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adopted children may benefit from being friends with other adoptees

Friendships with Fellow Adoptees

Adoptive parents share whether their children have friends who are also adoptees and, if so, how the children met.

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in a family that's built through open adoption and step-relatives, more love is more love

“More Love Is More Love”

In many families, relationships come without exact names. While adoption highlighted this truth, it was already a given in my family—and maybe in yours, too?

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parents share their favorite gifts they received after adopting

Parent-to-Parent: Gifts for New Parents Through Adoption

From time to bond to a scrapbook from the orphanage to IKEA furniture (and assembly!), parents share their favorite gifts they received after adopting their child.

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a birth mother attends her son's second birthday party and finds she feels accepted by his family

“Finding My Place in the Family”

Though society doesn’t know what to do with birth mothers, I knew I had a place with my son’s parents. At his second birthday party, I learned that I had a place with their family, too.

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One of many multicultural adoptive families

Shifting Your Mindset to Become a Multicultural Family

After you adopt a child from another culture, how do you adapt to life as a multicultural family?

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One mother describes her journey, becoming aparent

“Simplifying My Life as a Single Parent”

As crazy as it sounds, the transition from being childless to becoming a parent has given me time I didn't have before.

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Her daughter's birth family joined her in the hospital

“Welcomed By Our Daughter’s Birth Family”

I asked my family not to come to the hospital when she was born, then mourned their absence. Enter her birth relatives.

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Introducing adopted child to family

Family, Far and Near

Planning a trip to see second cousins or great aunts? Before you travel, help your child and relatives expand their conceptions of family.

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Tips from older adoptive parents

“Older, Wiser, and Warming Bottles”

Adoptive parents pushing the mid-century mark are joining playgroups and diggingDora the Explorer. What's age got to do with it?

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A woman holds her newly adopted baby.

Surprising Post-Adoption Emotions

When you finally bring your child home, yes, you will feel elated. But many new adoptive moms and dads are surprised by the complex emotions that can sit on the outskirts of that joy.

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Holiday activities bring everyone closer

Avoiding Overwhelm During the Holidays

Most parents look forward to sharing this time of the year with their children. But less is often more when it comes to holiday activities.

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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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