Real-life advice from the Adoptive Families community on understanding openness, navigating visits and contact, explaining birth siblings, and more.
We asked our readers: What talent or trait do you see in your child that must be from his or her birth family? Read the answers from adoptive parents.
We asked our reader panel: Have you ever been asked to explain your child's ethnic identity? How do you respond?
Do you tell the teacher that your child was adopted at the start of a new school year? See parents' answers.
If you traveled domestically to adopt, what's one piece of advice you can give others as they prepare to do the same? See parents' answers.
When you and your child don't look alike, the world wants to know why. Parents who adopted transracially share how they explain strangers' questions and comments to their children.
We asked readers, “Have you found any dolls or other toys that reflect your child’s race and/or birth culture that you would specifically recommend?” Here are the top picks.
Adoptive parents share the best adoption advice they would give themselves if they could go back five years, whether that would take them back to the adoption process or the early days of parenting.
Families share their experiences with school and adoption issues.
We asked readers what tips, resources, experiences they had to say about transracial parenting. Here, we share their responses.
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.