Parents in open adoptions share whether they have a post-adoption contact agreement with their child's birth parents and, if so, what it includes.
We asked our readers: Do you believe your child was destined for your family? Or does fate have nothing to do with it? Here are your stories.
From doing "lasts" as a couple to cleaning out closets and drawers to writing in a journal to their child-to-be, parents share how they remained positive during a long or uncertain wait to adopt.
Adoptive parents share whether their children have friends who are also adoptees and, if so, how the children met.
We asked our reader panel to describe the books they find most helpful to prospective adoptive parents. Here are some of their favorites.
How did you work through sibling issues/rivalries at the time of the adoption and in subsequent years? How about instances in which one child receives more attention than another or silly questions? (Is that your "real" sister?) Our readers respond.
Adoptive parents and adoptees share their favorite adoption memories from the past year, including first Mother's Days, finalizing adoptions, and gaining access to open records.
Some international adoption regulations require pre-adoption education for prospective adopters. Do you think this is a good idea? What kind of preparation did you have? Would you do anything differently?
We asked our reader panel: "How, and why, did you choose between the different types of adoption?" This is what they shared.
Four years ago, my husband and I were happily raising our two daughters by birth when I decided that I was ready to adopt a son of a different race. My husband was content with our family as it was, and I struggled to give him the time he needed to think about adopting.
We asked our readers, "What sleep problems did you encounter after you adopted your child, and how did you handle them?" Here's what they said.
From time to bond to a scrapbook from the orphanage to IKEA furniture (and assembly!), parents share their favorite gifts they received after adopting their child.
The homestudy is a stressful experience for any prospective adoptive parent, but it can be especially nerve-wracking for those with health concerns or youthful indiscretions. Our readers offer advice on getting through this stage of the adoption process.
Parents share their experiences of celebrating the holidays while still waiting for their adoptions to be finalized.
Real parents share how they prepared for the adoption home study visit with a social worker, offering helpful tips and some funny stories.
Waiting to adopt is hard, especially when the wait stretches on for years. Real parents share the words that comforted them and got them through their waits.
Parents weigh in on talking with their child's teacher and sharing resources at the start of a new school year.
"My daughter has greater difficulties with transitions than her friends who were born into their families. If we know a transition is coming, we prepare."
When Christopher joined our family at age three, I had to set aside my tried and true parenting methods in favor of the sort of nurturing he'd never known.
Wondering whether to raise an only child? Half of all adoptive families do. How they thrive, despite occasional (or frequent!) second thoughts.