Two AF readers open up about the painful and rarely talked-about experience of dealing with a relative who never gets on board.
Parents always celebrate when a new child joins their family. But adoptive moms and dads might want to mark their blessed event with a meaningful ceremony beyond the usual festivities.
Nosy comments from strangers are one thing. But what do you do when it's a child who's asking difficult questions?
Want to do something wonderful for your grade-schooler? Hook her up with other kids who were adopted.
Adopted children fare better if they know other kids who were adopted.
An adoption playgroup can be a wonderful source of support for children as well as parents.
Our toddler bonded very quickly with our immediate family, but she still refuses to allow anyone else to hold her, including our relatives. Is this normal for a two-year-old?
Getting everyone together once a week can be invaluable for family unity.
The more you involve the grandparents (and aunts, uncles, and cousins, too) in you adoption process, the more your child feels like part of the clan.
Sometimes, bonds in adoption form so instantly, so mysteriously, you just wonder how you ever got this lucky…
Sometimes growing up means letting go of childhood friends.
A family we barely knew gave us the encouragement we needed to adopt. I repay their kindness by doing the same for others.
By contributing squares filled with a prayer, blessing, hope, or dream, my friends and family became part of our adoption.
Think carefully before sharing your child's story with others.
When you finally bring your baby home, your family will probably be very excited to meet her. Mary Ann Curran suggests ways to explain the bonding cycle to them and gently request time to be alone.
Is your extended family less than savvy about adoption? Here's how to handle it.
As adopted teens enter the dating game, unique issues will arise. Are you ready to tackle them?
Your preschooler is curious — and so are his peers. Help him get ready for inquiring young minds.
The “Daddy Moment” hits in the middle of the baby emporium.