As crazy as it sounds, the transition from being childless to becoming a parent has given me time I didn't have before.
I asked my family not to come to the hospital when she was born, then mourned their absence. Enter her birth relatives.
Planning a trip to see second cousins or great aunts? Before you travel, help your child and relatives expand their conceptions of family.
Adoptive parents pushing the mid-century mark are joining playgroups and diggingDora the Explorer. What's age got to do with it?
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.
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.
Sometimes teens feel left out of the in crowd. Here's how to help.
The way you respond to questions like, “What is adoption?” can influence how a person understands adoptive families–and explains them to others. Use these ideas to correct misinformation and set a positive tone.
A letter can deliver the news to loved ones in efficiently and affectionately. The key is to communicate how thrilled you are about adopting.
Adoptive parents are used to fielding questions about adoption — and most of us have an arsenal of replies to give the stranger in the checkout lane, but when it’s a family member making the rude remark, snappy comebacks don’t suffice.
You’re ready to adopt, but your spouse is reluctant. How can you get your “other half” (and family members) on board?
When I announced our adoption plans, I hoped for the same kind of excitement that pregnant women get. After all, the happiness we're expecting is the same.
Nothing brings out a tween's awkward side like a holiday family gathering. What can you do to help?
View the replay of the “Reluctant Partner or Relatives” webinar. Brooke Randolph, LMHC, talks prospective parents through getting on the same page with loved ones about adoption plans.
My middle schoolers often get teased about the way they look or the fact that they were adopted. What can they say to the teasers?
We may tell you that we are OK when we’re really falling apart. We’re worried that, if we are honest about how difficult parenting through the transition is, you won’t understand and that you’ll think we’re nuts.
Should I tell my child's doctor she was adopted? What about her school?
The very best way to occupy your time while you wait for your child is to learn everything you can about raising adopted children, and to prepare for any eventuality.
Our adoptive families recommend that you share your plans in stages. While adoptions take, on average, one year from the date your home study is accepted, you won’t be in control of the timing. And if yours drags on, the last thing you want is daily phone calls asking, “So … any news?”
The other day, I mentioned to a coworker that my husband and I were looking into international adoption. You'd have thought I said we were thinking of becoming terrorists. "What do you mean, you're going to adopt from Russia? What about all the kids in Milwaukee who need good homes?" she demanded indignantly.