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Building your adoptive family support network.

Getting the Emotional Support You Want and Need

Getting the Emotional Support You Want and Need

Open communication can help create positive relationships with family and friends.

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first sleepover party for the preteen only child of a single parent

“Losing Sleep”

As my daughter discovers the brave new world of sleepovers, she and I are both missing out on some shut-eye.

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One woman learns about adoptive motherhood in mother nature.

“The Most Natural Adoption”

As a newly minted adoptive mom reveling in my bond with my daughter, it just seemed natural to me when a mother goat on our farm took in a baby lamb.

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“Emotional Armor”

I'd like to shield her from life's unhappiness, but my daughter's spirit needs to lead her.

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The meaning of family came to me watching my father help my daughter ride her bike

“Understanding My Family’s Circles”

My traditional childhood dreams gave way to an unexpected, soul-filling reality.

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How one woman survived the wait for placement.

“Collecting Children’s Books Carried Me Through the Wait”

How did I fill my time during the wait? By filling a bookcase for our child-to-be.

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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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AF readers offer tips on announcing your adoption plans.

“We’re Adopting!” How to Announce Your Decision to Friends and Family

Adoptive Families readers share the when, what, and how of announcing their decision to grow their families.

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Be an Adoption Ambassador

As you well know, after becoming a parent, you'll also take on the role of adoption ambassador, fielding questions from and encouraging would-be adopters. We've compiled the responses and back-up data that will set you up for the task.

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I fit easily into motherhood, in the end.

“Missing My Mom as I Became a Mother”

After I lost my mother, parenting seemed too difficult to face. But her faith in me gave me the strength to push through.

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new mother talking to her father about open adoption as the new grandparents admire newborn baby

Helping Family Understand Open Adoption

Your family — especially older relatives — may not get why you are choosing an open adoption. Adoption expert Kathleen Silber gives advice on what to say.

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helping children explain open adoption to their peers

“I Have a Birth Mom, Too” – How Children Can Explain Open Adoption to Friends

Answers to your parenting questions.

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