Four years ago, I legally became a mother. The adoption day was no less special because I had already been parenting Danielle for 15 months. On that day, I truly claimed my daughter. No one could take her away.
When parents expect the worst from their children, they often get it.
"Moments after bringing our new puppy home, I understood that raising this dog would begin to create a history for our new daughter, would lodge her firmly within our family. A family pet conjures notions of family ties, of belonging."
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At night, each of this mother's three children wanted to be with mom.
Could our loving home help this hurt, angry boy, or was it already too late?
"We visit and communicate directly with their foster family. These efforts help our sons build and sustain important relationships. They have already experienced too much loss and grief in their young lives."
A 13-year-old shares his adoption story.
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A noble view of adoption, with me as rescuer, had little to do with the reality of creating a family.
Mix one American couple, one preteen Russian boy, and one summer program...and what do you get? Family.
My seven-year-old daughter, adopted at age three, can’t fall sleep without skin-to-skin contact (stroking her arm or back).
My daughter's tenth birthday was the first birthday party she'd ever had. Here's how and why we decided to redo all the others.
When the social worker brought my new daughter to my house, she wasn’t the African-American girl I was expecting. And so we became a transracial family.
When the first few weeks of parenthood were rocky, I found myself worrying: Did we adopt a child I'll never be able to love?
Before adopting an older child, I had never heard of post adoption depression. That's why it never crossed my mind when I had trouble attaching to my son.
One adoptive dad describes four introductions he’ll never forget— those first moments when he met each of his four children but wasn’t yet their father.
My daughter was eight years old in the referral photo we received during the international adoption process. That's the oldest photo she will ever have of herself.
Nia Vardalos describes her first meeting with the preschooler she adopted from U.S. foster care.
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