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Adopting with bipolar disorder is possible

“Would I Be Allowed to Adopt After the Diagnosis?”

“Would I Be Allowed to Adopt After the Diagnosis?”

I was terrified that telling our social worker I'd been diagnosed with bipolar disorder would end our dream of having a child.

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A mother encourages her daughter as she considers becoming a mother.

“To All the Moms I Know”

My daughter is considering becoming a mother. As I think of the ways her life will change, my main resounding advice is, "You will never regret it."

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An amended birth certificate

“Certificate of Live Birth and Parentage”

The document we receive is not called a Mothering Certificate, it's a Certificate of Live Birth. So why isn't the birth mother's name on there?

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Using Fantasy Play to Deal with Adoption Issues

“The Therapeutic Value of Playing Our Adoption Game”

My daughter was two when I first met her at the orphanage in Russia. I knew nothing about the first years of her life, and she has no conscious memories of that time—but an elaborate fantasy life that she cultivated gave me a glimpse into how she may have experienced her early years.

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These siblings know who their "real mom" is

“Who’s His Real Mom?”

My little brother was stunned, and I was enraged, when a schoolmate asked an innocent question.

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A domestic adoptive mother reflects on taking her daughter to visit her birth mother

“Visiting My Daughter’s Birth Mother”

Taking my daughter to visit her birth mother, I found that, while shared genes make them alike in some ways, it’s shared experiences that make us family.

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My life changed forever when I decided to adopt a Chinese baby

“Helpless Love”

There is an irrevocable moment when you become a parent, an instant when the idea of your child enters your heart forever.

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Seth outgrew his head banging

“The Baby Who Never Cried”

Our newly adopted baby didn't like to cuddle, and, when needed us, he either banged his head on the floor or screamed at the top of his lungs.

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Adopting as an older parent has its challenges

“Old Bones”

I've reached a point in life where both my young daughter and my aging mother depend on me. Can I afford to be fragile?

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Single parents must figure out a strong balance

Making a Life for Two

Looking back at her sometimes difficult transition to family life, a mom describes learning to take care of herself as well as her daughter.

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One mother explains how to write an adoption memoir.

“We Are All Storytellers”

The desire to give our children a history is something we all share. Here's how I turned the story of bringing my son home into an adoption memoir.

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A happy family in an open adoption

“Open Adoption Works for Us”

From a rocky start, we've built a relationship with our children's birth families that has enriched their lives, and ours.

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Single parent adoption can create loving families

“Until the Real Thing Comes Along”

After adopting in mid-life, I found I welcomed the role of single parent. Perhaps this is because I can deal only with one big relationship at a time, and my daughter takes up all the room.

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Rituals and traditions brought this adoptive family closer

“The Tie That Binds”

Whether you follow rituals from your own childhood or establish new ones, one truth remains the same: Traditions are what memories are made of. Here, four families share their stories.

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