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Two parents realizing adoption was the perfect way to form their family

Parent-to-Parent: Deciding to Adopt

Parent-to-Parent: Deciding to Adopt

When did you know adoption was in your future? AF readers reflect.

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An adoptee imagining life in a different family, watching another mother serve spaghetti

What If? Imagining Life in a Different Family

Sleepovers and play dates give our kids an intimate glimpse of life in a different family — and may prompt reflections and questions.

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Tasia and Frank, her role model of the same race

“My Daughter’s Loving, Supportive Role Model”

I don't always know how our racial differences affect my daughter. But I know that having a role model of the same race has been a blessing for her — and for me.

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Trust and Fear of the Unknown in Adoption

“What Will This Baby Be Like?”

A mother shares the "new, unexpected, and amazing" attributes of her adopted son, of which no one talked about at the start of their adoption journey.

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Old photos of childhood memories

Telling Your Family’s Story

Sure, celebrations and rituals are important to have in adoptive families, but so are ways to preserve and keep these memories alive.

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A mom of an adopted child, on the beach with that adopted child

“Dear Mom of an Adopted Child”

I knew you right away. I recognize the fierce determination. You are the kind of woman who Makes.Things.Happen. After all, you made this happen, this family you have.

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Peer exclusion

Helping Your Child with Peer Exclusion

Parents cannot prevent their child from experiencing exclusion or feeling "different" from time to time. You can, however, lessen the negative effects of this common occurrence during the preteen years.

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An adopted child dealing with holiday separations

Easy Does It!

Even preschoolers can get stressed by holidays. A few simple games and activities can ward off the meltdowns.

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A girl navigating difficult peer relationships and getting rejected

What Will Their Friends Think?

As kids grow up, they look to their friends for acceptance — and desperately want to fit in.

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Korean couple preparing for an adoptive wedding

Meeting the In-Laws

Our Korean-born daughter is engaged to a Korean man. We're thrilled — but how do we discuss adoption with his family?

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